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Mobile health intervention and COVID-19 pandemic outbreak: insights from Indian context

Rajesh R. Pai (Department of Humanities and Management, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India)
Sreejith Alathur (School of Management, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Mangalore, India)

International Journal of Health Governance

ISSN: 2059-4631

Article publication date: 5 November 2020

Issue publication date: 24 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper discusses the need for government and healthcare organization to implement mobile phone-based solutions for healthcare during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It also highlights the challenges and/or barriers to the rapid introduction, implementation and management of these and other innovative solutions to health service delivery during the current situation

Design/methodology/approach

The data include both qualitative and quantitative, collected from the primary interview-based case study and questionnaire survey. It also uses insights from the general populations, healthcare professionals and health information technology developers to understand the role of a mobile health intervention in the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Findings

Healthcare professionals and health information technology developers are confident that the use of mobile health technology and applications has the ability to assist in monitoring and controlling the COVID-19 outbreak. The key advantages of using mobile phone technology are: increased awareness, improved assistance in tracking and testing casualties, improved assistance in seeking and scheduling health information and medical appointments, increased social distancing, improved overall productivity and quality of life. However, data demonstrated that lack of awareness and accessibility or unwillingness to use the technology, complex healthcare needs, application infrastructure, policies and a dearth of training and support are all barriers to successful implementation of this useful tool.

Practical implications

This research has the potential to make a significant impact on government and healthcare policy through presenting a coherent argument for the importance of designing and deploying mobile health technology and applications for the general population.

Originality/value

prior literature in this domain is inadequate in explaining the importance of mobile phone-based healthcare solutions for health service and during serious disease outbreaks and, in particular, within the Indian context. The findings of this study can be used by government and healthcare organizations to improve health governance during the current global pandemic.

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Citation

Pai, R.R. and Alathur, S. (2021), "Mobile health intervention and COVID-19 pandemic outbreak: insights from Indian context", International Journal of Health Governance, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 42-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHG-04-2020-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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