7 steps to securing mHealth data in low-resource settings

A community health worker in Uganda receives training for using the mobile phone support system. Photo by: Tine Frank / Malaria Consortium

BARCELONA — In limited-resource settings, mobile health projects face a twin challenge: Ensuring the data they collect from patients is not only easily accessible, but also secure — and they often need to manage this despite an absence of national regulation on data protection.

This is part of the challenge faced by the upSCALE platform in Mozambique, one of the first mHealth programs to be rolled out nationally in a low-income country, and which aims to strengthen community health delivery in underserved areas.

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    Gloria Pallares

    Gloria Pallares is a journalist reporting on sustainable development, global health and humanitarian aid from Africa and Europe. Her work has appeared in a range of publications including El Pais, Forbes, CIFOR’s Forest News and the leading media outlets in Spain via the multimedia newswire Europa Press.