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Tuesday, March 16

Old technology applied in new ways makes impact

Phones are saving lives in rural Peru: "Since most of rural Peru lacks Internet connections, isolated health workers are often left to rely on paper medical reports that can take weeks to get back to Lima giving epidemics a head start on the Health Ministry. But after Peru privatized its telephone system in the early 1990s, virtually every town now has at least one reliable public pay phone. That simple link helped Voxiva set up a computer system, known here as "Alerta," that lets doctors and nurses in Peruvian villages use public telephones to send medical reports and also ask questions and get answers using voice mail boxes." deseretnews.com / AP



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