Hacking global health: Technology is transforming global health care
Monday, February 3, 2014
For many people in the developed world, healthcare is defined by the ubiquitous scent of disinfectant, the beeping of the cardiac monitors, and other properly sterile equipment. However, in many low- and middle-income countries, such an image is incomplete or nonexistent. In 2004, regions of South-East Asia and Africa contributed to 40 per cent of the world population, yet bore 54 per cent of the global disease burden. For people in these regions, health care is often simply unaffordable.
Many organizations have been actively providing valuable human resources to these regions. However, only so many doctors can be sent, and often their performance is hindered by a lack of proper equipment and sanitation. Increasingly, the medical field is turning to technology to solve these problems.