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mHealth in Developing Countries tion, or spectacle prescriptions.18 Electronic Health Data Exhibit 3: Aravind Telemedicine (image source: https://mbasic.facebook.com/AravindEyeFoundation?_rdr) 2007, compliance rates were found to increase by 30-70%.12 However, while SIMPill has found success abroad in Europe, it has had difficulty scaling in South Africa. Information Exchange There are two types of healthcare information exchange challenges that are being solved by mHealth innovations. The first deals with information exchange to patients, either between patient and healthcare professional or between patients. With SIMPill, we have seen information exchange via SMS. However, voice data is also used frequently in mHealth. In Bangladesh, TRCL Ltd., a telemedicine firm, in partnership with Bangladesh’s largest mobile operator, GrameenPhone, established “Healthline,” a health hotline service. Users in rural areas can dial “7-8-9” on their mobile phones an