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Breaking down walls for at-risk moms

April 14, 2010 - 1 Comment

We here are Break Down the Walls are usually all about video, but we have to tip our hat to this story. Federal Computer Week reported last week on Text4baby, a MHealth initiative that gets care tips and reminders to underprivileged moms-to-be via text message. Here’s the story.

MHealth (“M” for mobile) is basically the wireless subset of telehealth and is starting to attract a lot of attention. When announcing the program White House CTO Aneesh Chopra noted that 90% of Americans have a mobile device, so text was a great vehicle for these important medical reminders.

Let’s hope we get wireless broadband right in this country, and maybe soon mobile video will be just as ubiquitous as texting.

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  1. Saying that mHealth is a subset of telehealth is like stating the TV is a subset of Cinema. mHealth is the use of Mobile (the newest and least understood mass media) to support Health. More on that here: