Digital Health and Digital Finance
Advancing Health Systems Podcast Series, Episode 2
The use of mobile phones in low- and middle-income countries has exploded in recent years, leading to a dizzying array of programs that use mobile phones to improve people's health – like sending SMS messages to remind expectant mothers to go to a prenatal visit, or using mobile phones for public health surveys. Meanwhile, digital finance projects are connecting isolated communities and people to important services. Through basic technologies like text messaging, the development sector is solving problems that used to seem insurmountable.
This podcast -- produced by the LHSS Project’s predecessor, the Health Finance and Governance project -- explores digital health and digital finance. It answers three questions: What are digital health and digital finance? Why do they matter? And what have we learned about them?
About the Advancing Health Systems Podcast Series
The Advancing Health Systems podcast series explores fundamental issues involved in expanding people’s access to health care in low- and middle-income countries. The podcasts were produced by the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project, which ran from 2012-2018. They were recorded in 2018.