Towards an SMS-based Social Network for Health Workers in Rural Areas in Myanmar

Vogt, Joël; Martin, Eugenia; Portmann, Edy; Mahmud, Nasim (23 May 2014). Towards an SMS-based Social Network for Health Workers in Rural Areas in Myanmar. In: 3rd International Conference on Informatics, Electronics and Vision (ICIEV). Dhaka, Bangladesh. 23.05.2014 - 24.05.2014.

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Seventy percent of the population in Myanmar lives in rural areas. Although health workers are adequately trained, they are overburdened due to understaffing and insufficient supplies. Literature confirms that information and communication technologies can extend the reach of healthcare. In this paper, we present an SMS-based social network that aims to help health workers to interact with other medical professionals through topic-based message delivery. Topics describe interests of users and the content of message. A message is delivered by matching message content with user interests. Users describe topics as ICD- 10 codes, a comprehensive medical taxonomy. In this ICD-10 coded SMS, a set of prearranged codes provides a common language for users to send structured information that fits inside an SMS.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management

UniBE Contributor:

Portmann, Edy

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sara D'Onofrio

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2014 12:15

Last Modified:

02 Nov 2015 09:04

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Community health workers, Rural health,mHealth. ICD-10

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.53046

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/53046

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