Missing cervical cancer patients in India: Time to rejuvenate follow up strategy through mhealth

Journal of Health & Medical Informatics

ISSN: 2157-7420

Open Access

Missing cervical cancer patients in India: Time to rejuvenate follow up strategy through mhealth

2nd International Conference on Health Informatics and Technology

July 27-29, 2015 Valencia, Spain

Sorabh Badaya

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Health Med Informat

Abstract :

Cervical cancer is the one of the most common cancer in women worldwide and a major health menace among women in low and middle income countries like India. In many studies conducted in India, it was found that mounting number of cervical cancer patients are missing after their first hospital visit due to inappropriate screening and follow up strategy. In the backdrop of this grave situation mhealth or mobile health seems to be an effective remedial mechanism. The unprecedented spread of mobile technologies as well as advancements in their innovative applications to address health priorities has evolved into a new field of eHealth, known as mHealth. Therefore it is proposed that during their Pap smear test all women and their relatives contact mobile number should be taken to create Health directory. After cytopathology report creation, it will be send to concerned mobile number via SMS with attached Pap report copy and the physicianÔ??s advice about normality or abnormality in the local language and guidance for further line of action. If their report is abnormal, they will be specifically rang with advice and guided to follow visit to the concerned treatment facility. If they fail to follow advice then nearest responsible public health professional can be asked to seek these women in regular terms for specialize treatment. This proposed theory can supplement and even replace the overburdened brick and mortar healthcare system in providing unprecedented healthcare diffusion deep in society, realizing universal concept of Ô??Affordable Health for AllÔ??.

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