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Using mobile phones to keep track of medicines and other supplies and notify when more are needed
Healthcare workers need medicines and other supplies to do their jobs properly. Many healthcare settings often lack supplies because governments cannot afford to buy them or because they do not have good systems for distributing them to the right places at the right time. During pandemics, a lack of supplies may also be common. To address some of these problems, managers and health workers are starting to use mobile phones and other mobile devices to keep track of supplies, decide how much more to order and when, and let people at higher levels of the system know when supplies are running low. But how well do these digital systems work?
Access the PDF summary and the full review on the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) website, uploaded on 7 December 2020: click here.