Omantel moves into mobile health

Omantel is tapping into a growing market for telemedicine, with the launch of a remote health service via its mobile business.
 
The Middle Eastern telco’s Omantel Mobile division is offering healthy living advice and consultations using SMS and MMS as part of a campaign by the country’s Ministry of Health to extend healthcare services. The cellco is offering subscribers information covering diet, obesity, and diabetes.
 
Salim Said Al Wahaibi, director general of health affairs at the Ministry of Health, says the service is the first of its kind in the Sultanate and will “contribute significantly to the spread of health awareness,” in the country.
 
The service also offers access to remote consultations in the form of a question and answer with doctors.