Nova Mobile Health: Service Learning that Improves Lives
Great distances over unpaved roads, plus a lack of medical facilities means that quality healthcare is often out of reach in the remote communities of Waslala and other regions in Nicaragua—the second poorest nation in the Americas. In response to the challenge of much-needed access, the Nova Mobile Health system was developed in 2010 by Villanova University’s engineering, nursing and business students and faculty.
With the use of locally-based, inexpensive cell phones, community health leaders (CHLs) are able to communicate data or questions about patient condition to hospital staff, who then communicate diagnoses or treatment recommendations back to the community. In emergency cases, CHLs can directly text the Ministry of Health nurse for immediate assistance.