Nurse educator mHealth program targets underserved areas in Haiti
Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Physicians Interactive, will serve as the basis of a nurse educator program providing coordinators with mobile resources needed to help bolster the quality of care in the area around Hinche, a city in central Haiti. Through the program, Health eVillages will sponsor two coordinators--one from Regis College in Weston, Mass. and one from Haiti--and will also support the health center in Hinche by sending Regis' nurse educators, armed with iPod Touches, to teach there twice a year.
The Haitian coordinator will receive training at Regis College on the Skyscape mobile app running on Apple iPad and iPod Touch devices. She will then return to Hinche to train her staff on how to use the devices to deliver better patient care at the health center and nearby rural areas. The devices have been updated with several new French-language medical apps to increase accessibility for the Haitian nurses, especially in the surrounding rural areas around Hinche.
Health eVillages provides handheld devices, such as smartphones, iPod Touches and iPads, that include specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools to clinicians in developing countries. Announcement