mHealth for Persians (Part 1): A perspective on Iran mHealth development
As with many other medium to low-income countries, Iran’s health system can benefit from mHealth solutions. Moreover, with mobile networks servicing 90 percent of the country through two main operators and upgrades to 3G networks expected sometime this year, mHealth for Iranians is expected to grow quickly.
But for some reason adoption rates remain low. Adoption of mHealth in Iran is stagnated because of our many unique barriers, as well as a number of common international barriers to mHealth.
The difference may lie in what steps Iran takes to implement mHealth over the next two years. Because of the rapid progress of mobile technologies, there is a risk that the country will fall behind in technological advances.
There are five main issues which will impact mHealth development and adoption throughout Iran: