FrontlineSMS

By Brian Dolan June 15, 2011
Medic Mobile recently unveiled a SIM mobile application for healthcare at the Mobile Health Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. SIM apps are more accessible to users of a wide variety of mobile devices; they run on 80 percent of the world's mobile phones, including, importantly, inexpensive mobile phones that are popular in developing countries. Africa currently has 50 percent mobile users, but...
By Brian Dolan December 21, 2009
Frontline:SMS, one of the more well-known mobile phone-based global health start-ups announced via Twitter this morning that it had scooped up additional funding for 2010. The team looks to be building out its developer capacity in the new year. Here's the Twitter announcement: "The FrontlineSMS team secures additional 2010 funding to strengthen its developer capacity. More news next month! \o/"...
By Brian Dolan May 18, 2009
Frontline:SMS founder Josh Nesbit emailed in to let us know he launched an inspired mHealth intiative today: HopePhones. The program encourages everyone to recycle their old mobile phones, which are then sold to raise money to send phones to health workers in developing markets likes Malawi. According to the HopePhones site, "When your old phone is received by the recycling center, it is given a...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
The eHealth Initiative (not to be confused with Boston-based mHealth Initiative) CEO Janet Marchiboda has stepped down to take a job at IBM as their Chief Healthcare Officer. Tom Wiltzius, who is a junior at Stanford University, has won a $6,000 fellowship to fund his FrontlineSMS:Medic program in Balaka district, Malawi. Since most studies show radiation from cell phones is not harmful, ABC News...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
Despite technology's promise and anecdotal evidence pointing to its potential, mHealth has not seen many rigorous evaluations that have measured its ability to affect clinical outcomes. Process outcomes are clear: mHealth can save time and money, increase the number of reported health events, increase the number of patients enrolled and so forth. But can mHealth help save lives, too by reducing...
By Brian Dolan February 24, 2009
The MobilizeMRS team, which was one of the finalists in the Netsquared/USAID mobiles for development challenge last year, is now leveraging the FrontlineSMS platform to "connect patients and health workers that are remote and isolated from health centers" in developing markets. The team has big plans to bring their text message-powered solution to some 25 pilots by next summer. The announcement...