Healthcare experts look to technology to tackle hypertension

13 February 2015

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the world's largest killer, accounting for 30% of global deaths. Though it's no longer an impenetrable problem, in 2011, the World Health Organization issued a report stating that 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.

Hosted by The George Institute for Global Health, with The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, the Global mHypertension Workshop focused on how to scale up the use of mobile technologies, such as apps, smartphones and monitoring devices, for the prevention and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It was part of the ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ initiative between the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union, which focuses on using mobile phones to tackle a variety of non-communicable diseases.

Invited attendees and speakers came from a diverse range of organisations, including Public Health England, SMART Health India, Bupa, the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, NHS Innovation, and Frog Design.

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