As mHealth becomes increasingly integrated into global health strategies, it’s easier to consider it as an intervention along with vitamin fortification or breastfeeding.
But that’s not actually true, according to Garrett Mehl, a scientist with the World Health Organization.
“Mhealth itself, for the most part, isn’t an intervention,” he told Devex. “A medical intervention is something that is already validated. Mhealth is supplementing the ability of health systems to improve coverage or quality of services.”
For example, in reproductive, maternal and child health there are 56 proven medical interventions — and mHealth isn’t one of them.
Mobile health can however supplement interventions and strengthen their delivery, said Mehl.
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