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Are Mobile Health Tools a Panacea for Global Health Challenges?

The ubiquity of mobile phones in emerging economies, such as Ghana, provides a new health care delivery paradigm, says associate professor Valencia Koomson, who is launching a clinical trial to improve hypertension health outcomes via mobile phones.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Innovative, evidence-based strategies are needed to tackle the global burden of hypertension. The ubiquity of mobile phones in emerging economies, such as Ghana, provides a new health care delivery paradigm to improve hypertension health outcomes.

Valencia Koomson, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering and at the Tisch College of Civic Life, believes this rapidly expanding telecommunications structure has the potential to improve access to health care around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries. She’s launching a five-year project with the University of Ghana, which has a long history of collaborating with both Koomson and Tufts, to test that theory in a clinical trial focused on hypertension.

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