Table of Contents: February 2013


In their February editorial, the PLOS Medicine editors discuss the challenges that mobile health initiatives face in approaching their potential to transform health service delivery. The editorial highlights two systematic reviews published in the journal that address the ability of mobile health technologies to improve health care service delivery, and impact on disease management by health care consumers. It has been predicted that globally there will be more mobile phones than people by 2017, and most countries have begun to develop mobile health pilot projects or initiatives. In the editorial, the editors outline three major challenges for mobile health advocates: firstly, whether mobile health systems are able to operate with each other and with existing electronic health systems; secondly, whether systems are developed using open standards; and thirdly, how the effects of mobile health systems will be evaluated.

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Scaling Up mHealth: Where Is the Evidence?

Mark Tomlinson, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Leslie Swartz, Alexander C. Tsai

Policy Forum

Who Should Pay for Global Health, and How Much?

Luis R. Carrasco, Richard Coker, Alex R. Cook

Guidelines and Guidance

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Richard D. Riley, Jill A. Hayden, Ewout W. Steyerberg, Karel G. M. Moons, Keith Abrams, Panayiotis A. Kyzas, Núria Malats, Andrew Briggs, Sara Schroter, Douglas G. Altman, Harry Hemingway, for the PROGRESS Group

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