UAE-based telecoms provider Etisalat unveiled a new mobile health service at GITEX 2010 in Dubai this week. The service will use mobile technology to provide users with personalised and relevant health information via their mobile devices.
The application allows users to search for medical info on a range of topics including men’s health, women’s health, children’s health and psychological health. Users are also able to seek active medical advice from consultants on issues such as exercise and sport, obesity and diet, and a range of illnesses including diabetes via SMS. This is all delivered via Etisalat’s ‘Value SMS’ platform. Health information such as height, weight and age can be sent to a four digit SMS short code and in return users can receive personalised info on BMI, calorie requirements and daily water requirements.
Abdulla Hashim, ,Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Etisalat said that the service will be used to supplement existing healthcare in the UAE and combat the incidences of chronic diseases in the area. He added that the service will be an example of how telecoms providers can improve healthcare and inspire other companies to play an active role in improving the health of the public.
Original story: AME Info