Vodacom focuses on mobile as healthcare enabler – Mobile World Live

Vodacom focuses on mobile as healthcare enabler

29 NOV 2011

Chris Ross, Managing Executive for Commercial Development at Vodacom South Africa, highlighted the role of the mobile operator as a key enabling partner in the mHealth ecosystem during this year’s GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit, noting that: “We are an enabler. We don’t purport to be the medical profession, but we underpin the activities that the medical profession takes part in.” Ross noted that the availability of mobile networks makes this an ideal platform for the delivery of health services, especially where there are numerous barriers to healthcare provision – “what is taken for granted in the Northern Hemisphere is often not available in a country like South Africa,” he observed.