In Washington, DC, at the second annual mHealth Summit, Bill Gates stressed that improved health is the key to controlling many of the world’s most challenging problems. In keeping with the mHealth theme, Bill discussed the role of the mobile technology–especially the cell phone–as a tool for improving medical services in various populations.
Kristin: What about the one-off nature of mHealth projects? How do we break down silos?
Bill: Look for problems with gigantic scale, where several hundred thousand deaths a year could be avoided if it was solved well … things like vaccine coverage, TB drug follow-up, and TB diagnosis. The lens of did-it-work has to be a very tough one … because it’s possible to see things that worked in the microcosm but then, when you scale it up, it’s not going to work that well.
Full Interview: Bill Gates at mHealth