Towards a workflow driven design for mHealth devices within temporary eye clinics in low-income settings

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2015;2015:7312-5. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7320080.


Only a small minority of mobile healthcare technologies that have been successful in pilot studies have subsequently been integrated into healthcare systems. Understanding the reasons behind this discrepancy is crucial if such technologies are to be adopted. We believe that the mismatch is due to a breakdown in the relation between technical soundness of the original mobile health (mHealth) device design, and integration into healthcare provision workflows. Quantitative workflow modelling provides an opportunity to test this hypothesis. In this paper we present our current progress in developing a clinical workflow model for mobile eye assessment in low-income settings. We test the model for determining the appropriateness of design parameters of a mHealth device within this workflow, by assessing their impact on the entire clinical workflow performance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmology / economics*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Poverty*
  • Telemedicine / economics*
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • Workflow*