Will computers that can learn teach us to make care more accessible & shift our focus to prevention?

December 16, 2014

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think

Jeremy Howard, CEO, Enlitic; Faculty, Singularity University; Past President, Kaggle

mHealth Insights:

It should be clear that business leaders need to plan for exponential change to stay relevant and I think this TedTalk video provides a great springboard for anyone looking to make strategic plans (eg. I think it would be a great starter to a mHealth consulting session) but the piece about how deep learning is going to impact on medical diagnosis really surprised me:

Deep Data Analysis and  Medical Diagnostics

While I’m not surprised when those who have passed through the medical education system fail to spot the fundamental lack of documentation it astounds me that healthcare industry outsiders who understand that we live in a time of exponential change still hold tight to the idea that the data gathering part of healthcare is going to remain limited to ‘Physician interviews’?

Why aren’t data scientists seeing that the value of the symptom information gathered will remain limited if we continue rely on the most expensive and time pressured Medical Professional to collect it?

How long before computers that can learn start trying to teach us that data is already being used by advertisers to make us unhealthy and ensure that we become more aware of the need to make care more accessible and apply our resources to preventing disease rather than just simply detecting it?

mHealth Events for 2015

December 12, 2014

mHealth Events 2015

With the doors closing today at the world’s largest mHealth industry meeting (the mHealth Summit in Washington DC) it’s time to begin compiling the definitive listing of mHealth events that are being held in 2015 across the world as a resource for those planning to get involved (click here to view those that were held in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010).

If you know of any mHealth meetings that I’ve missed please share a link in the comments below and I’ll update this listing to include them:

Digital Health Summit (at CES)
Las Vegas, USA
7-8 January 2015

Health 2.0 WinterTech
San Francisco, USA
15 January 2015

UCL mHealth Conference
London, UK
27-28 January 2015

m-Health Summit at UK e-Health Week,
London, UK
3-4 March 2015

Mobile World Congress,
Barcelona, Spain
3-4 March 2015

The Clinical Innovation Conference**
London, UK
10-11 March 2015

Mobile Clinical Trials Congress**
Edinburgh, Scotland
24-25 March 2015

Boston, USA
1-2 April 2015

Mobile Health Zone at conhIT
Berlin, Germany
14-16 April 2015

mHealth & Wearable Tech Summit
London, UK
16-17 April 2015

mHealth Summit Europe**
Riga, Latvia
11-12 May 2015

Health 2.0 Europe
Barcelona, Spain
18-20 May 2015

WLSA Convergence Summit
San Diego, USA
26-28 May 2015

mHealth + Telehealth World 2015
Boston, USA
21-23 July 2015

Health 2.0 Fall
Santa Clara, USA
4-7 October 2015

Exponential Medicine**
San Diego, USA
Early November 2015

mHealth Summit**
Washington DC, USA
11-17 November 2015

* We’ll be there ** We’re Chairing/Presenting/Exhibiting

Asides from the meetings you are also very welcome to join us online over in the mHealth networking group (check out some member introductions here if you’re not already a member). Set up on Linkedin in 2008 the group already has more than 7000 members – simply click here to join.

Wherever we can we try to host mHealth networking group meetings – check out the fun we had at the European eHealth Week in Dublin – so if you’d like to organise one of these alongside an event please get in touch via the comments and we’ll try and make it happen.

HatTip: BootStrapped

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mHealth Summit 2014

December 12, 2014

This post (mHealthInsight.com/mHealth-Summit-2014/) was originally posted as a page and has been moved here for the record.


mHealth Summit 2014

Join us in Washington DC from the 7-11th December 2013 for the 6th annual mHealth Summit – the world’s largest and longest running mHealth industry gathering. Organised by HIMSS Media in partnership with the Personal Connected Health Alliance, Continua and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health once again we’ll be there exhibiting (Booth #517), chairing a session on “Patients as Partners” and covering developments as media partner.

If there is one mHealth event you can attend in 2014 this has to be it. With 5,000 delegates attending from across the globe there really this meeting provides an unrivalled opportunity to meet with and learn from the key professionals that are innovating with mHealth and driving adoption. If you’ve not yet attended get a feel for the event by checking out our reviews of the 2013 and 2012 events and if you haven’t already reserved your ticket get in touch privately via the comments and I’ll send you a discount delegate code.

I’ll be there for the entire event and it would be great to meet with you at our booth #516 and you can make an appointment by emailing or posting your details in the comments below. On the Monday evening we’ll again be hosting a networking group meet up for members of the Linkedin mHealth group and all are welcome – simply click here to let others you’ll be there.


The exhibitor list is a definitive list of all the key companies that are innovating with mHealth from around the world:

@Point of Care, 2Morrow, 360Medlink MedClinik, 3G Doctor, AAMI, Absolute Software, Accel Diagnostics, ACUPERA, AirStrip, Alivecor, Allweb Technologies Inc, AMC Health, Amplify Public Affairs LLC, AnyPresence, App Developers Alliance, Applied Research Associates, AprilAge Inc, Arogya Foundation of India, AT&T, Ayogo, BAO Systems LLC, Big White Wall, Biomeme Inc, Booz Allen Hamilton, Breakaway Games, Breezing Co, Bruxlab BV, C3i Inc, CAIL, CareStarter Technologies Inc, CareSync, CareTaker Medical LLC, Case Western Reserve University, Catavolt Inc, CA Technologies, Cetrom, Chetu Inc, Clinlogica, Cloud 9 Consulting, Cognuse, Cohero Health, Comindware, CommVault Americas, Compared Care Inc, Continua, Dataart, DELTA, Dexcom Inc, Doc Halo, E*HealthLine.com Inc, Elsevier, Embraceher Innovations Inc, emirs, Endeavour, ER Express, ESET North America, Extreme Reality, First Hand Technologies, Fitlinxx, Foracare Inc, Force for Health Foundation, FormFast Inc, Futures Group, Gecko Health Innovations, Gemalto, GenerationOne, GenieMD Inc, Get Healthy Stay Healthy, GetWellNetwork Inc, Graphium Health, Harris Corporation, Healcerion, healow, Health and Development Foundation, Health Wildcatters, Health123, Health-e-MedRecord, Healthinterlink, Heramed, HIMSS Analytics/Connected Patient/Media/mHealth Community, Humetrix Inc, IBM, Icuro, Ideal Life, IMEC, Impak Health, Imprivata Inc, IMS Health, Indie Health, Infosalutis, Institute for e-health Policy, Integron, Intel, InteliChart, Intelligent Automation Inc, International Research Institute For Wellness and Prevention, Intertek, (ISC)2, Jaystreet Technologies LLC, Jennifer Ann’s Group, Johns Hopkins University Global Mhealth Initiative, KidsHealth, Kiwitech, KORE Telematics, LGTmedical, Lifeassist, Lifegraph, Lively Inc, Logical Images, M2M Now, Macadamian Technologies, Mad*Pow, Magnet Systems, Maryland/Israel Development Center, MDISS, MDLIVE Inc, Medicast, Medisprout, MedStar Institute For Innovation, MEMOTEXT, Mentegram, Mobidox Health Technologies, Mobile Commons, Mobile Health One Inc, MobileSmith, Mobile Telemedical Inc, Monitored Therapeutics Inc, mPulse Mobile, MyDigitalHealth Network, NetComm Wireless, Nexercise, NexJ Systems, Nonin, Noom, NSF ASSIST Nanosystems Center, Nugensis, OMRON Transaction Systems Inc, Online Tech, OnRamp, Ontario Government, Orion Health, Ostendio, Pathfinder International, PatientPoint, PatientSafe Solutions, PC Connection, Perminova Inc,​ ​Personal Connected Health Alliance, Personal Medicine Plus, PHmHealth, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Preventice, Pristine, Qardio Inc, Qualcomm Life, Quality Reviews, Raiing Medical, Raille Medical, RegDesk Inc, Remotaid Inc, Research Into Internet Systems, Rimidi, Seamless Mobile Health, Self Care Catalysts Inc, Sense Health, Sensogram Technologies Inc, Shift Health Paradigms, Sickweather LLC, SIMpalm, Snap MD, SocialWellth, Springboard Enterprises, Sweetch, Swiftalarm!, Swissmed Mobile, Symantec Corporation, Symptify, SYSNET International Inc, Tactio Health Group, Tapcloud LLC, Telcare Inc, Telesofia Medical Ltd, TeraRecon, Text2floss, The Wireless Foundation, Tome Inc, toSense, TruClinic, TrueVault, Twiage Inc, Unpredictability App, Vaica, Validic,​ ​Verizon, Vheda Health, VirtuMedix By Telecommunication Systems, VisualDx, Vita Phone US, Vital Connect Inc, Viterion Corporation, Vodafone Global Enterprise Inc, Voxiva, Wellbe Inc, Wellpepper Inc, Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP), Wireless Life Science Alliance, Withings, Wyless, Yingo Yango, Yorn, Zenytime LLC, Zoeticx and Zynx Health Inc.

media partners

Confirmed presenters for 2014 include:

Aschkan Abdul Malek, CEO/Founder, Alem Health
Derek Aberle, President, Qualcomm Incorporated
Cyrille Adam, Kognito
Sara Adelman, American International Health Alliance
Smisha Agarwal, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr Stephen Agboola, Center for Connected Health Partners Healthcare
Subha Airan-Javia, University of Pennsylvania
Emmanuel Ajah, Social Franchise Manager, Marie Stopes International
Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Exec Director, Education as a Vaccine
Dr David Albert, Founder/CEO, AliveCor
Cora Alisuag MN MA, President & CEO, CORAnet Solutions Inc
Trip Allport, Accenture Development Partnerships
Caren Althauser, Program Officer, PATH
Mark Ansermino, University of British Columbia
Jeff Arnold, Chairman & CEO, Sharecare
Bill Ash, ‎Strategic Program Manager, IEEE-SA
Sania Ashraf, Consultant, WHO
Chris Ault, QNX Software Systems
Miles Ayling, Director of Innovation, NHS England
Dr Alex Backer, CEO and Founder, QLess
Christopher Baker, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP
Meredith Baker, Program Manager, VaxTrac
Dana Ball, Exec Director, T1D Exchange
Allieu Samuel Bangura, World Vision Sierra Leone
Karen Basen-Engquist, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ramin Bastani, CEO, Healthvana
Simon Batchelor, Director, Gamos
Michael Batista, Quantified Care
Eric Bauman, Founder, Clinical Playground
Ariel Beery, CEO, MobileOCT
Mohini Bhavsar, Manager West Africa, Dimagi Inc
Bob Bilbruck, B2Group
Paul Biondich, Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute Inc
Dr Michael Birt, Director, Arizona State University
Charlie Bisnar, M2M Now
Andre Blackman, Pulse and Signal
Sean Blaschke, System Strengthening, UNICEF Uganda
Dr Stephen Bloch, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Ricky Bloomfield MD, Mobile Tech Strategy, Duke University Health System
Kyra Bobinet, engagedIN
Barry Bogage, Maryland Israel Development Center
Dr Bob Bollinger, Chief Scientific Officer, emocha Mobile Health
Jeremy Bonfini, EVP, Personal Connected Health Alliance
James BonTempo, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Girdhari Bora, IntraHealth International
Carol Bothwell, VP and CIO, Catholic Relief Services
Dan Bowman, Senior Editor Health IT, FierceMarkets
Dr Richard Boxer MD, Chief Medical Officer, Pager
Thompson Boyd, Physician Liaison, Hahnemann University Hospital
David Brennan, Telehealth Initiatives, MedStar Health
Jonathan Bricker, Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bonnie Britton, Britton & Whitehurst Solutions
Julie Bromberg, Research Lead, BLH Technologies Inc
Jason Brooke, CEO & General Counsel, Vasoptic Medical
Steve Brooks, Chief Innovation Officer, Sage Growth Partner
Marcie Brostoff, Boston Children’s Hospital
Erik Brown, IT Director, Molina Healthcare
Karl Brown, Head of Technology Social Impact, Thoughtworks
John Brownstein, Children’s Hospital Boston
Dr Charles Bruce MBChB FCP (SA) FACC FASE, Mayo Clinic
Kerry Bruce, Pact
Rick Bryant, Solutions Architect, Symantec
Edward Bunker, Health Informatics Advisor, Jhpiego
Rebecca Busch, President & CEO, Medical Business Associates
Dr Michael Bzdak, Exec Director, Johnson & Johnson
Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
Peter Cardellichio, Assoc Director, Global Health Media Project
Steve Carefull, PA Consulting
Greg Caressi, SVP Healthcare and Life Sciences, Frost and Sullivan
Carole Carey, Chair EMBS Standards Committee, IEEE
Catherine Carr, Jhpiego
David Carter, Member, Innovista Law PLLC
Jodie Carter, Senior Product Manager, Hazelden Publishing
William Cavendish, Growth Technology, UK Department of Health
Sean Chai, Innovation and Technology, Kaiser Permanente
Sara Chamberlain, Head of ICT, BBC Media Action
Eddie Chan, VP Mobile Health, Sanofi
Imran Chaudhri, Solutions Architect, MarkLogic
Walter Cheek, VP, Breakaway Games
Dr Milton Chen, CEO, VSee
Dr Dennis Cherian, Senior Director Health, World Vision Inc
Boniface Chimphanga, Advisor, JSI
Mridul Chowdhury, CEO, mPower Social Enterprises Ltd
Amanda Christini, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Dr Malcolm Clarke, Reader, Brunel University
Stephen Cobb, Security Researcher, ESET North America
Kathryn Coburn, Partner, Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP
Paul Coebergh van den Braak, VP, Continua & Healthcare Manager, Philips
David Collins, Senior Director, HIMSS
Jonah Comstock, Associate Editor, MobiHealthNews
Lauren Constantini, President and CEO, Prima-Temp Inc
Logan Couce, International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery
Eric Couper, Abt Associates
Drew Crecente, Founder, Jennifer Ann’s Group
Chris Crowley, Lead Instructor, SANS Institute
Amy Cueva, Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Mad*Pow
Regina Cullen, LIS Manager, New York Presbyterian
Karen Dahut, EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton
Keith Danahey, Center for Research Informatics, University of Chicago
Chris Dancy, SVP, Healthways
Frances Dare, Managing Director, Accenture
Adam Darkins, Senior Director, Medtronic
Abhijit Dasgupta, Chief Data Science Officer, Zansors
Chris Davis, Senior Solutions Architect, Verizon
Steve Davis, President & CEO, PATH
Tim Davis, CEO, Exco InTouch
John de Souza, Consumer Health President, Physicians Interactive
Steven Dean, Telemedicine Operations, Inova Health System
Anne De Gheest, Founder and Managing Director, Healthtech Capital
Shoval Dekel, Project Engineer, Jhpiego
Jaclyn Dela Rosa, Pneumonia Innovations, PATH
Susan Dentzer, Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Anuj Desai, VP, New York eHealth Collaborative
Tom Dewane, Founder & CEO, Jaystreet Technologies
Divya Dhar, coFounder, Seratis
Debra Diener, Consultant, PrivacyMadeSimple.net
Luke Disney, Exec Director, North Star Alliance
Dr Jeff Dobro, CMO, Red Brick Health
James Doggett, SVP, Kaiser Permanente
David Doherty, Founder, 3G Doctor
Akuba Dolphyne, Grameen Foundation
John Donohue, Assoc CIO, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Ray Dorsey MD, Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester
Jonathon Dreyer, Director of Cloud and Mobile Solutions, Nuance
David Drumm, eHealth Analyst, Geisinger Health System
Xiaozhen Du, Early Childhood Development, Capital Institute of Pediatrics
Kyle Duarte, Director, Management Sciences for Health
Shawn Du Bravac, Consumer Electronics Association
Hammad Durrani, French Medical Institute for Children
John Dusabe, Researcher, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Wayne Easterwood, CIO, Centerstone Research Institute
Grant Elliott, Ostendio Inc
Gail Embt, Founder & CEO, Kinergy Health
Neil Evans, Connected Health, Veterans Health Administration
Dr Bettina Experton, CEO, Humetrix
Robert Fabricant, Founder & Principal, Dalberg
Glenn Fala, Senior Director of Software Development, Penn Medicine
Olufunke Fasawe, Program Manager, Clinton Health Access Initiative
John Fein, Managing Director, Techstars
Dr Bonnie Feldman, DrBonnie360
Michael Fergusson, CEO, Ayogo
John Ferrara, Creative Director, Megazoid Games
Albert Ferreira, Program Manager Virtual Care, Holy Cross Health
Bamikale Feyisetan, Director, Evidence to Action Project (E2A)
Jane Fieldhouse, Medical Care Development International
Anita Fineberg, Counsel Barrister & Solicitor
Trisha Finnegan, Managing Director, Biometrac
Scott Flacks, COO, Ideal Life Inc
Andrew Flanagan, Chief Executive Officer, Telcare
Linda Fleisher, Senior Researcher, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Kai-Lik Foh, mHealth Programme Manager, GSMA
Simon Foley, Project Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Jean Christophe Fotso, Associate Director, Concern Worldwide USA
Caroline Francis, FHI 360 Vietnam
Catherine Frederico, Frederico Arts LLC
George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, UK Government
Paul Frisch, Intelligent Hospital Association
Kevin Fu, Assoc Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
Erick Gaju, National eHealth Coordinator, Rwandan Ministry of Health
Dr Alberto Gandini, CEO, Accel Diagnostics
Eduardo Garcia, Technology Architecture Consultant, Accenture
Brian Gardner, Mobility Center of Excellence, Kaiser Permanente
Ariel Garten, CEO, InteraXon
James Gatto, Pillsbury Law
Soma Ghoshal, Global Healthcare Program Manager, NetHope
Alexis Gilroy, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Jones Day
Kate Gilroy, IntraHealth International
Tal Givoly, CEO & Co-Founder, Medivizor
Levi Goertz, COO, VOTO Mobile
Julian Goldman, Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ron Goldman, Co-Founder & CEO, Kognito
Phil Goldstein, Editor, Fierce Wireless
Rin Gomura Elkan, Strategic Partnerships, Social Code
Lianne Gonsalves, Reproductive Health and Research, WHO
Antonio Gonzalez, CEO, Wake App Health
Travis Good, Editor, HISTalk Mobile
Elizabeth Goodale, Global Healthcare Industry Solutions, IBM
Dr Garth Graham, President, Aetna Foundation
Nancy Green, Managing Principal, Verizon Healthcare
Harry Greenspun, Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte
Taren Grom, Co-Founder, PharmaVOICE
Adrian Gropper MD, Health Informatics Entrepreneur and Consultant
Dan Haley, VP Government and Regulatory Affairs, Athenahealth
Alan Hameed, Open Mobile Alliance
C William Hanson, CMIO, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Yael Harris, Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
Asher Hasan, CEO & Founder, Naya Jeevan
Robert Havasy, Executive Director, Continua & VP, PHCA
Matthew Hein, International Trade Specialist, US Dept of Commerce
Colleen Heisey, Partner, Jones Day
Jerry Heneghan, Principal Investigator, Applied Research Associates
Cees Hesp, Director Joint Learning, PharmAccess Foundation
Gerry Hinkley, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Dr Stuart Hochron MD JD, Chief Medical Officer, Practice Unite
Natalie Hodge, CMO, Personal Medicine Plus
Dr Ross Hoffman, CMO, Ultralinq Healthcare Solutions
Jody Holtzman, SVP Thought Leadership, AARP
David Houlding, Healthcare Privacy and Security Lead, Intel
Erik Huey, SVP, Entertainment Software Association
Syed Ali Hussain, Michigan State University
Jen Hyatt, CEO and Founder, Big White Wall
Lucienne Ide, President & CEO, Rimidi Diabetes Inc
Sarah Iribarren, Columbia University School of Nursing
Erin Iturriaga, Program Officer/Clinical Trials Specialist, NIH/NHLBI
Anand Iyer, Chief Data Science Officer, WellDoc
Priya Iyer, Founder/CEO, TulaLens
Jonathan Jackson, CEO, Dimagi Inc
Dov Jacobson, Managing Director, Games That Work
Robert Jarrin, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated
Jan Jasiewicz, Department of Veteran Affairs
Gillian Javetski, Director of Communications, Dimagi Inc
Bobby Jefferson, Development Informatics, Futures Group International
Dr Farouk Jega, Country Representative Nigeria, Pathfinder International
Dr Kamal Jethwani, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare
Youngji Jo, mHealth impact on neonatal survival, JHSPH
Kevin Johnson, CEO, Secure Ideas
Todd Johnson, CEO, HealthLoop
Tanya Jones, Board Member, mPowering Front Line Health Workers
Loki Jorgenson, CTO, LionsGate Technologies
Karin Källander, Senior Research Adviser, Malaria Consortium
David Kamara, Director of Telecommunications, ECOWAS Commission
Joy Kamunyori, Deputy Director, John Snow Inc mHealth
Cheikh Tidiane Kane, e/mHealth, IntraHealth International
Dianna Kane, Senior Designer, Medic Mobile
Bernhard Kappe, Founder & President, Pathfinder Software
Ami Karnik, H/O Strategy, Azoi Inc
Ed Kasanders, CEO, Exergame Fitness
Kabir Kasargod, Business Development, Qualcomm Life
Steve Kastin, Chief Healthcare IT Strategist, Dept of Veteran Affairs
Anat Katz, Embassy of Israel
Dr William Kearns, Associate Professor, University of South Florida
Cynthia Keeney, Clinical Product Management, Big White Wall Inc
Adam Kehler, Privacy & Security Specialist, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania
Kelly Keisling, Program Director, NetHope
Edward Kensinger, US Army Medical Research and Material Command
Troy Keyser, Analyst, Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health
Dr Fatema Khatun, ICDDR,B
Shariq Khoja, CEO, Tech4Life Enterprises
Lee Kim, Director Privacy & Security, HIMSS
Dr Yoo-Na Kim, Physician, Yonsei University College of Medicine
Dr Matthew Kirchoff, Program Management Officer, FDA
Michael Kirwin, Technical Operations Director, Continua
Nishant Kishore, coFounder, ChatSalud
Chad Kissinger, Founder, OnRamp
Erik Kling, VP, Vodafone Global Enterprise
Thomas Kloos, President, Optimus Healthcare Partners ACO
Avinash Kodey, Co-Founder & CEO, MDOps Corporation
John Kornak, TeleHealth Director, University of Maryland Medical Center
John Kornak, TeleHealth Director, University of Maryland Medical Center
Donald Kosiak, Medical Director, Avera Health System
David Kotz, Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College
Joel Krikston, Merck Global Health & Innovation Fund
Rick Krohn, President, HealthSense
Kirstin Krudwig, SC4CCM Program Manager, JSI
Michael Krupnick, Director, IMS Health
Manfred Kube, Healthcare, Gemalto
Chris Kulanga, Project Manager, D-tree International
David Kulick, mHealth, eHealth, digital health, ICT, & Innovation, JHUCCP
Daniel Kus, VP Pharmacy Services, Henry Ford Health System
Joseph Kvedar, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare
Alain Labrique, Global mHealth Initiative, Johns Hopkins University
Darren Lacey, Security, Johns Hopkins University
Molly Lagermeier, Healthcare Solutions Executive, IBM
Rod Landers, CEO, MultiTech Systems
Mark Landry, Health Intelligence and Innovation coordinator, WHO
Catherine Lane, Youth Advisor, USAID
Dr John Langell, Exec Director, University of Utah
Tim Laning, Owner, Grendel Games
Connor Larkin, Forus Health
John Larus, SVP Clinical Trials Division, AMC Health
Francois Laureys, IICD
George Le Bron, Founder and CEO, Connected Impact
Panthea Lee, Founder & Principal, Reboot
Amnesty Lefevre, Scientist, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Harry Leider MD MBA, CMO & Group VP, Walgreens
Lawrence Leisure, Strategic Advisor, KPCB
Kelly L’Engle, Behavioral Scientist, FHI 360
Dr Neal Lesh, Chief Strategy Officer, Dimagi
Robert Levin, CEO, Transclick Inc
James Levine, Mayo Clinic
Terrence Lewis, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Tiantian Li, DXY.com
Osnat Lidor, VP Marketing, Extreme Reality
Karen Lightman, Exec Director, MEMS Industry Group
Jeanette R. Little, Mobile Health Innovation Center, TATRC
Alice Liu, Director of ICT4D, Jhpiego
Lesley-Anne Long, Director, mPowering Frontline Health Workers
Kenneth Lowe, Director, Gemalto
Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
Shameet Luhar, coFounder & CEO, Vheda Health
Sean Lunde, mHealth Lead, Wipro Technologies
Andrew Lutwama, eHealth Advisor, Ugandan Ministry of Health
Ousmane Ly, Propriétaire, Agence Nationale de Telesante et d’Informatique Médicale
Jeff Makowka, Thought Leadership, AARP
Jitendra Malik, Alston
Emily Mangone, Research Fellow, FHI 360 & UNC Chapel Hill
Melissa Manice, coFounder & CEO, Cohero Health
Mark Mansour, Partner, Jones Day
Alvin Marcelo, Conusultant, WHO
Dan March, Chief Commercial Officer, Trial Fusion Inc
Kathryn Marchesini, Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
Thomas Martin, Director Healthcare Information Systems, HIMSS
Eddie Martucci, Founder and VP of R&D, Akili Interactive Labs
David B Martz, VP, Muzzy Lane Software
Kara Marx, VP and CIO, Methodist Hospital of Southern California
Shayan Mashatian
Vanessa Mason, Senior eHealth Manager, ZeroDivide
Kaluba Mataka, Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD)
Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Jim Mault, CMO, Qualcomm Life
Wendy Mayer, VP Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer
Caroline Mbindyo, eHealth Lead, Amref Health Africa
David McAfee, Human Network International
Mark McCalliog, newNRG
Clint McClellan, Indie Health
Doug McClure, EVP Product Marketing, FitLinxx
Robert McCray, President and CEO, Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance
Doug McDonald, Wireless Network Manager, Henry Ford health System
Linda McGehee, CDC Foundation
Alastair McKay, Maryland Venture Fund
Peter McLaughlin, Counsel, DLA Piper LLP
Marion McNabb, Senior mHealth Technical Advisor, Pathfinder International
Patricia Mechael, Senior mHealth Advisor, UN Foundation and Principal, mHELP
Garrett Mehl, mHealth Lead, World Health Organization
Geoffrey Menego, Jhpiego
Elliot Menschik, DreamIt Ventures
Horst Merkle, Continua
David Metcalf, University of Central Florida
Zebedee Mganga BA MA, Outreach Services, Pathfinder International
Richard Milani, Ochsner Health System
Lynn Carol Miller, Prof of Communication and Psychology, University of Southern California
Dr Marc Mitchell, D-tree International
Dr Robert Mittendorff, NVP
Dr Nneka Mobisson-Etuk MD MBA MPH, Exec Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Michael Morgan-Curran, Personal Connected Health Alliance
Brock Morris, CIO/CMCO, Pediatric Associates
Frederick Muench, Director of Digital Health Interventions, North Shore Health System
Diana Mukami, Project Manager, Amref Health Africa
David Muntz, Chief Information Officer, GetWellNetwork
Elin Murless, Catholic Relief Services- India
Syed Mursalin, National Health Information Resource Center, National Institute of Health Islamabad
Regina Mutuku, Medic Mobile
Marasi Mwencha, John Snow Inc
Mwendwa Mwenesi, Tanzania mHealth Community Of Practice
Chris Mycek, Cadient Group
Sarah Myers, ImproveCareNow, Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital Medical Center
Sonja Myhre, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Mikki Nasch, The Activity Exchange
Eve-Lynn Nelson, University of Kansas Medical Center
André Neubauer, National Research Council of Canada
Dr Uri Nevo, LifeGraph, Tel-Aviv University
Seth Newberry, General Manager, Open Mobile Alliance
Claus Nielsen, DELTA
Dr Wendy Nilsen, Health Scientist Administrator, OBSSR
Godfrey Nolan, RIIS LLC
Dale Nordenberg, Co-founder & Exec Director, Medical Device Innovation Safety and Security Consortium
Humphreys Nsona, IMCI Coordinator, Ministry of Health (Malawi)
Nickson Nyakambi, Lead Innovator & Technical Expert, mHealth Solutions Center
Enoce Nyanda, RAcE Field Coordinator, Save the Children
Anicent Nzabonimpa, MCH/FP-HIV Integration Coordinator, Rwandan Ministry of Health
Lynn O’Connor Vos, CEO, Grey Healthcare
Odongo Odiyo, East Central and Southern Africa health Community
Uju Ofomata-Aderemi, Global Programme Director, OneWorld UK
Tom Olenzak, Independence Blue Cross
Phillip Olla, iSTOC / Mobile Diagnostic Services
Marc Olsen, Chairman, Kilifi Kids
Paul Oran, CEO, Orb Health
Laurie Orlov, Founder, Boomer Health Tech Watch
Renee Orser, Senior Strategy Designer, ThoughtWorks
Adetokunbo Oshin, Deputy Director, Nigerian Ministry of Health
Jahera Otieno, Senior Program Officer, Concern Worldwide (US)
Jon Otterstatter, President & Chief Global Strategy Officer, Preventice Inc
Daniel Owusu-Afranie, Systems Strengthening, USAID DELIVER PROJECT (Ghana)
Daniel Owusu-Afranie, JSI /USAID DELIVER Project, Ghana
Christine Paige, SVP of Marketing & Internet Services, Kaiser Permanente
Caroline Pak, Medical Editor-in-Chief for GetHealthyStayHealthy.com, Pfizer Medical
Xavier Palomer, CEO, Psious Inc
Madeline Pantalone
Ketan Paranjape, Life Sciences and Analytics, Intel
Mark Parkulo, Vice Chair Meaningful Use Coordinating Group, Mayo Clinic
Karen Parrish, VP Industry Solutions, IBM
Brooke Partridge, CEO, Vital Wave
Bill Paschall, Vivify Health
Neha Patel, Asst Prof of Medicine, Penn Medicine
Jonathan Payne, Director, Open Concept Lab
Adam Pellegrini, DVP Digital Health, Walgreens
Alexandra Pelletier, FastTrack Innovation in Technology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Joseph Pennell, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown LLP
Paulo Sergio Perea Pereira, CEO, ePARTNER S/A
Max Perelman, Biomeme
Iliana Peters, HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, HHS Office for Civil Rights
Kim Pichanick, Managing Director, KPN Managing Partners
Dr Teri Pipe, Dean of the College, Arizona State University, College of Nursing
Todd Plesko, Chief Executive Officer, Extension Healthcare
Paul Porter MD/MBA, Emergency Medicine, Brown University
Gustav Praekelt, Praekelt Foundation
Rajendra Pratap Gupta, Chairman, Continua Health Alliance (India)
Dr Christopher Prevel, Prof of Plastic Surgery, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Shelley Price MS FHMSS, Director, Payer and Life Sciences, HIMSS
Rosanna Price-Nyendwa, CHAMP Zambia
José Tomás Prieto, PhD Candidate, Ecole Polytechnique
Laura Pugliese, Healthcare Innovation Technology (HITLAB)
Dr Sandeep Pulim, CMIO, @Point of Care
Andrew Quanbeck PhD, Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M Ataur Rahman, USAID mSTAR Project Team Lead, FHI 360
Shivdev Rao, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Lalaina Razafinirinasoa, Director, Marie Stopes Madagascar
Ronald Razmi
Venk Reddy, Senior Director Connected Health, Walgreens
Jill Reedy, NIH
Dr Carlo Reyes MD JD, President and CEO, Health-e-MedRecord
Harry Reynolds, Director of Health Industry Transformation, IBM
Riaz Mahomed Riaz Mobaracaly, Programs Director, Pathfinder International
Linda Ricci, Cardiac Diagnostic Devices, US Food and Drug Administration
Lygeia Ricciardi, Clear Voice
Craig Richardville, SVP and Chief Information Officer, Carolinas Healthcare System
Pamela Riley, Senior mHealth Advisor, Abt Associates
Derek Ritz, Principal Consultant, ecGroup Inc
Dennis Robbins, KPN Health Analytics Inc and Sanovas
Kyle Robertson, Co-Founder, NarrativeDX
Ian Robinson, IBM
David Rogers, University of Central Florida, MobileCare
Howard Rose, First Hand Technologies
Leona Rosenblum, ACDI/VOCA and John Snow Inc
Julia Ruben, Zanzibar Program Manager, D-tree International
Vera Rulon, External Medical Communications Director, Pfizer Medical
Daniel Ruppar, Frost & Sullivan
Lester Russell, Intel
Barbara Ryan, United States Army Office of the Surgeon General
Karie Ryan, Health First
Patricia Salber, Founder & CEO, Health Tech Hatch
Doreen Salek, Geisinger Health Plan
Kyle Samani, Pristine.Io
Anahi Santiago, Information Security and Support Services, Einstein Healthcare Network
Suneetha Sapur, Director, Akkshaya Foundation
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist Advisor & Trend Weaver, THINK-Health
Benjamin Sarda, Head of Marketing, Orange Healthcare
Brian Scarpelli, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Merrick Schaefer, Mobile Data Lead, USAID
David Scher MD, Director, DLS Healthcare Consulting
Janet Schijns, VP Global Enterprise Government and Channels Marketing, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Drew Schiller, CTO & Co-Founder, Validic
Lucas Schlager
Roslyn Schneider, Global Patient Affairs Lead, Pfizer
Philippe Schwartz, President, Withings Inc
Suzanne Schwartz, Director Emergency Preparedness/Operations and Medical Countermeasures, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Olof Schybergson, Fjord
Joanne Sciandra, Geisinger Health Plan
Sarah Searle, ICT4D Advisor, Jhpiego
Rita Sembajwe, RTI International
David Sessions, VP Technology Practice, Vital Wave
Dykki Settle, Director of Health Workforce Informatics, Intrahealth International
Gad Shaanan, President, YOFiMeter
Merrick Shaefer, Lead, Mobile Data, USAID
Dr Tejash Shah, Director of Strategy & Business Development, Samsung Electronics
Jonathan Shankman, SVP Clinical Innovation, AMC Health
Sarah Shannon, Hesperian Health Guides
Ranju Sharma, Medic Mobile
Kristina Sheridan, MITRE
Ting Shih, CEO & Founder, ClickMedix
Jordan Shlain, HealthLoop
Omri Shor, MediSafe Project
Eugene Sickle, Director, WITS Reproductive Health & HIV Institute
Sherrie Sims, Director Global ICT, World Vision International
Neelu Singh, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Bryan Sivak, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services
Adam Slote, Bureau for Global Health eHealth Coordinator, USAID
Brendan Smith, Vital Wave, mHealth Alliance and mHelp
Dr Chris Smith, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Joseph Smith MD PhD FACC, Chief Medical and Science Officer, West Health
Mark Smith, MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), Medstar Health
Alan Snell
Scott Snyder, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Mobiquity
Natasa Sokolovich JD MSHCPM, Exec Director Telemedicine, UPMC
Leah Sparks, coFounder & CEO, Wildflower Health
Lauren Spigel, Co-Founder at ChatSalud & Program Associate at VaxTrac
Geoffrey Ssembajjwe, mHealth coordinator, World Vision Uganda
Abbe Steel, HealthiVibe LLC
Dean Stephens, CEO, Healthline
Peter Stephenson, Head of Business Development, Sensentia
Mary Anne Sterling, Co-founder, Connected Health Resources
Unity Stoakes, coFounder, Startup Health
Siva Submaranian, SVP Mobile Products, Zynx Health
Tom Sullivan, Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Bob Summers, Chief Geek, Fitnet
Stephen Sutter, CEO, LifeStat Care Solutions
Chris Talbot, Senior Director, Qualcomm Life
Mathew Taylor, Senior Strategist & Architect, Intel
Gavin Teo, Comcast Ventures
Col Deydre Teyhen, United States Army
Deborah Theobald, CEO, Vecna Technologies
Scott Thiel, Associate Director, Navigant
Dr Bill Thies, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research India
Andria Thomas, Assoc Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Bradley Merrill Thompson, Attorney
Charles Thompson, Principal, Axtria
Susan Thompson, Director, Health Alliance International
Lucy L Thomson, Founding Principal, Livingston LLC
Matthew Tindall, General Manager, IMS Health Consumer Solutions
Michael Tinney, FIX:Fitness Interactive eXperience
Dr Luiz Tizatto MD, CEO, Unit Care
Milos Todorovic, Senior Analyst, Lux Research
Douglas Trauner, Entrepreneur in Residence, VA Center for Innovation
Jessica Trybus, CEO, Simcoach Games
Jennifer Tuddenham, USAID Programme Advisor, Marie Stopes International
Brandon Tudor, Director, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
Andrew Tumuhameho, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, World Vision Uganda
Blake Tye, Government Affairs Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Heather Underwood, inWorks Associate Director, University of Colorado, Denver
Jennifer Unger, University of Washington, University of Nairobi
Wesley Valdes, Medical Director, Intermountain Healthcare
Hajo van Beijma, Co-founder & Director, TextToChange
Alastair van Heerden, Human Sciences Research Council
Sinisa Varga, Minister of Health, Republic of Croatia
Olivia Velez, Senior mHealth Advisor, ICF International
Lona Vincent, Strategy & Innovation, The Michael J Fox Foundation
Jeff Voas, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Joe Volpe III, Managing Director, Merck Global Health Innovation Group & Fund
Salvatore Volpe, Physician, Solo Physician Practioner
Susan Vorkoper, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Kristin Wall, Professor, Emory University
Blaine Warkentine MD MPH, CEO, Vimty
John Warsinske, (ISC)2
Chris Wasden, Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation
Christopher Watson, Product Manager, Exco InTouch
Dr Luke Webster, CMIO, CHRISTUS Health
Anne Weiler, CEO, Wellpepper
Dr Debra Weiner, Boston Children’s Hospital
Michael Weiner MD, Healthcare Strategic Services Director, IBM
Nathaniel Weiner, Co-Founder & President, Avhana Health
Mony Weschler, Chief Strategist, Montefiore Medical Centre
Karl West, CISO, Intermountain Healthcare
Peter West, VP KORE Telematics
Steve Whalley, CSO, MEMS Industry Group
Doug Whatley, CEO, BreakAway Games
Joel White, President, Prescriptions for a Healthy America
Carolyn Williams, NIH
Alicia Wilson, La Clinica del Puebla
Chad Wilson, IT Security, Children’s National Medical Center
Katherine Wilson, Digital Health Solutions Director, PATH
Dr Flaura Winston, Director, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Alex Wirth, National Healthcare Solutions Architect, Symantec Corporation
David Wright, Chief Outcomes Officer, GetWellNetwork
Amanda Wyatt, VA Clinic Coordinator, University of Arkansas
Christy Wyskiel, Advisor to the President, John Hopkins University
Dr Derek Yach, SVP, The Vitality Institute
Cui Yang, Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Guang-Zhong Yang, The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London
Hasan Muhammed Zahidul Amin, Head of Technology, Dnet
Amjad Zaim, CEO, Cognitro Analytics
Trinity Zan, Technical Advisor, FHI 360
Sam Zebarjadi, CEO, Medicast
Bob Zemke, Healthcare Solutions Manager, Extreme Networks

Venture+ Forum Elevator Pitch Competition

The Venture+ Forum Pitch Competition will be held on Tuesday 9 December from 3:45pm (until 5:15pm followed by a reception) and is a showcase of early- to growth-stage companies with existing products, demonstrated impact, and quantifiable results for improving health care delivery and outcomes. Providing 1 minute elevator pitches will be the following startups:

AlemHealth, AprilAge Inc, Arkansas Integrated Community Health Network Inc, Avhana Health, CoheroHealth, Fitnet, Healcerion, Health-E-MedRecord, Jaystreet Technologies LLC, LifeGraph, MDOps Corporation, MediCast, Orb Health, Ostendio Inc, Prima-Temp Inc, Rimidi Diabetes Inc, Social Code, Vheda Health, Vimty, Wellpepper and willseeyou.

Will the next Alexander Fleming be a Techie Parent​?​

December 1, 2014

​”​​…the reason I got into​ ​this is my daughter is a ​Diabetic​. She became a type 1 diabetic when she was 12 as a paranoid tech dad I looked at the supply chain and I said so if everything goes bad, how long does my daughter live? And I found the the supply chain for insulin in Ireland was three​ ​weeks​. There is three weeks ​of ​stock​​ and that’s it you’re done. So I said that’s unacceptable ​​and I looked around and you know I’d heard that​ BioTech is getting more​ ​automated and stuff​ and I price​d​ a lab ​at​ about ​fifty grand ​in ​wh​ich I would be able to make my daughter insulin​. (Q.​ ​How​ ​long ago was that​?​) Th​at ​was a eighteen months ago​, it’s probably cheaper now but that said to me if I could do that ​and I’m a programmer and an investor I’m pretty sure we’re at the point where we can have so many entrepreneurs come in and really tackle the kinds of problems that everyone care about… …that’s where you get cambrian explosion. Tens of thousands of people saying “hey look it’s an open source world now!”​ That’s happened that’s happened now​“​

​I’ve noticed techy Parents​ increasingly look at out of date medical devices with a similar bemusement as children and can’t wait to see what mHealth innovations I have no doubt will be developed by the Coda Dojo community over the next few years (Bill Liao also cofounded this incredible global network of free computer programming clubs for young people).

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Related posts:

> What changes the world? Ideas

> Have you made plans for the Create & Share/Do It Yourself economy?

> If the ‘Born Mobile’ generation is baffled by the iconic Sony Walkman how will they ever understand unconnected Medical Devices?

> How M2M Connectivity will Radically Transform Healthcare: An Introduction to the Telcare Mobile Connected Blood Glucose Monitor

What changes the world? Ideas

December 1, 2014

Richard Branson What Changes the World

Richard Branson’s blog is a fantastic read and he’s spot on in this latest posting discussing what it takes to make world changing ideas happen:

I’ve always believed that momentum for creating change begins with sharing an idea, even if the idea doesn’t seem that great to begin with… …Sometimes people are slightly reticent to share their ideas, because they fear they will be laughed at or dismissed. It is often these ideas that are the most groundbreaking. As the writer Arthur C. Clarke said: ‘New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!’

It’s now 8 years since we launched 3G Doctor – an idea that I had to create a service that would let members of the public pay a reasonable fee for a documented mobile video consultation with a registered Doctor – and it’s interesting to look back to the times when we probably went through these periods:

1) December 2006: The first Patient visited our obscure little website and paid us with their own hard earned money to chat about concerns they had with a treatment their Doctor had started them on.

2) July 2008: The President of the ICGP tells a Journalist with a National Newspaper that the 3G Doctor service provides “convenience but nothing more”. Related.

3) Jan 2011: President Barack Obama’s favourite mHealth use case: face-to-face video chats with Doctors.

Please feel encouraged to share in the comments how your mHealth idea passed through the 3 stages…

mHealth Insights from the 2014 GetHealth Summit

November 30, 2014

GetHealth Summit 2014

On the 13-14 November the GetHealth Summit convened by iHeed (the Irish social enterprise that produces digital training content for health workers, and also seeks to bring together policymakers, leaders and implementers in the health worker training space, to scale up creation of content, and help mitigate global shortages of trained health personnel) and the John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (A center of excellence leveraging innovations in information technology to support clinical care and research training in resource-limited settings) to bring together stakeholders from different sectors, levels and geographies, including Governments, NGOs, Education and the digital and IT sectors to generate fresh knowledge, partnerships and ideas that can address the global health worker shortage, through the use of digital media and ICTs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the world faces a global shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as well as a shortage of faculty that can provide high-quality training and mentorship for current training programmes.

The list of international speakers included:

> Zahid Maleque, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
> Dr Leo Varadkar TD, Irish Minister for Health
> Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel Group
> Hamadoun I Touré, Secretary General, ITU
> Mwendwa Mwenesi, mHealth National Coordinator, Department of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania
> Uju Ofomata-Aderemi, Programme Director, OneWorld UK
> Coumba Touré, Founder and President, Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) Foundation
> Firdaus Kharas, Social innovator Director and Global humanitarian.
> Robert Bollinger MD MPH, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education
> Tom Arnold, Director, General Institute of International and European Affairs
> Dr Tom O’Callaghan, Founder and CEO, iheed Institute
> Vincent Richardson, Chief Information Officer, Concern Worldwide
> Smitha Mundasad, Journalist, BBC news and BBC Media Action
> David Weakliam, Programme Lead, Global Health Programme, Irish Health Service Executive
> Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland
> Chiwoza Bandawe, Professor, Dept of Mental Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi.
> Lauren Woodman, Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
> Catherine McCarthy, Incoming Chief Executive, Medical Aid Films
> Dr Craig Friderichs, Programme Director, mHealth Mobile for Development, GSMA
> Graham Love, Chief Executive, Health Research Board
> Lesley-Anne Long, Global Director, mPowering Frontline Health Workers
> Patricia Mechael, Senior Advisor; Principal at mHELP United Nations; mHelp
> Dr Marc D Mitchell, Founder and President, Lecturer at D-tree International; Harvard School of Public Health
> Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning, ITU
> Dykki Settle, Director, Health Workforce Informatics at IntraHealth International
> Reza Jafari, Chairman and CEO, e-Development International
> Alain B Labrique, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative
> Marion McNabb, Senior Project Manager for mHealth, Pathfinder International
> Nathan Pienkowski, Co-Founder & Partner, Bull City Learning Systems Inc
> Neelley Hicks, Director, ICT4d Church Initiatives at United Methodist Communications
> Pamela Riley JD MS, Senior mHealthEd Advisor, Abt Associates
> Sharon Jiae Kim, Program Manager, One Million Community Health Workers
> Shoba Arun, Senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
> Guillaume Deflaux, Software Engineer, Terre des hommes Foundation
> Linda O’Sullivan, Creative Manager, School in a Box, IADT
> Ken Banks, Founder of kiwanja.net & FrontlineSMS
> Dr Anne Geniets, Post-doctoral researcher, mCHW project, London Knowledge Lab
> Florence Gaudry- Perkins, International Director for Global Government Sector, Alcatel- Lucent
> Lisa Robinson, Senior Advisor, BBC Media Action
> Sheri Lewis MPH, Global Health Surveillance Program Manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
> Dr Paolo G. Miotti, National Institutes of Health, Office of AIDS Research
> Dr Kunal D Patel, Medical Director, iheed
> Dr Niall Winters, Reader in Learning Technologies; Deputy Head at London Knowledge Lab; Department of Culture, Communication and Media
> Kieran Ryan, CEO, Irish College of General Practitioners
> Alex Little, Co-Founder, Digital Campus
> Anna Frellsen, CEO, Maternity Foundation
> Estelle Quain, Senior Technical Advisor and Leader for Health Workforce in the Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
> Peter Cardellichio, Associate Director, Global Health Media Project
> Trip Allport, Africa Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships
> Blake The, Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
> Sabina Beatrice-Matter, Manager of Health Project, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
> Miriam Yiannakis, Nutrition Policy and Partnership Advisor, World Vision
> Stephen Redding, VP Country and Regional Operations, Pathfinder
> Samara Hammond, AMREF UK
> Jane McKenzie-White, Director & Senior Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education
> Phillippa Biggs, Economist, ITU

Click here to watch videos of the keynote talks.

Source more take aways from the event via the twitter hashtag #GetHealth14.

mHealth Insights from the GetHealth Summit 2014

The event was held in a great venue (Dublin Castle!), had a super talented speaker line up and was really well attended and organised to ensure plenty of opportunities for networking.

Too much Here’s a few of my key take aways:

Minister Leo Varadkhar opens the 2014 GetHealthSummit

The Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is a very accomplished speaker and his keynote opening the conference was spot on acknowledging the mHealth opportunity:

…Perhaps the most exciting and most promising development in communications technology in recent years has been the dramatic growth of the mobile industry and the emergence of ever faster mobile devices. The growth of mobile technology in countries that do not have fixed line infrastructure offers real opportunities for healthcare. In 2011 the WHO reported that the use of mobile and wireless technologies has the potential to transform healthcare delivery and one of the factors driving this potential is the continued growth in coverage of mobile cellular networks. Over 70% of them are in low and middle income countries covering 85% of the world’s population and extending far beyond the reach of the electrical grid. In many ways developments in mobile technologies probably hold more promise for africa than they do for developed countries like Ireland and I’m delighted that Denis O’Brien of Digicel is going to address you on this topic a little bit later on and those of you who have travelled to Africa will know the extent to which mobile phone credit has become a currency and the extent to which some developing countries can leapfrog old landline technologies and go straight to mobile and I think there are some parallels to that in Ireland. In Ireland General Practice Primary Care has embraced IT but in our hospital systems they are still very much paper based. There are still people walking around wheeling trolleys of charts behind them and while in some ways that’s a big problem I think it’s also an opportunity as it does allow us to skip a generation of technology by proper investment in secondary care IT which is intended in the future and indeed in the next week or so we’ll be appointing a new Cheif Information Officer for the Health Service whose job will be to make a reality of that. All things going to plan next year we’ll start work on our new childrens Hospital and that will recieve a huge IT investment and will be virtually paperless. It will be the first public hospital in Ireland to be in that space. So I think this is a very exciting time for telecommunications, for mobile technology and for medicine and I think what we should try to do is leverage as much as we can from each other…

As a rule of thumb if your minister of healthcare doesn’t use a smartphone mHealth innovations will have trouble getting traction in your public healthcare system so it’s a very positive development for mHealth in Ireland to have Dr Leo Varadkar replace Dr James Reilly in July as I personally found James to be very far from his comfort zone when we talked about the mHealth opportunity in the Irish Healthcare System (see the mHealth course that I developed for healthcare professionals with the Irish Computer Society/Healthcare Informatics Society for more on this opportunity).

Although this is very common amongst healthcare leaders it surprises me that with Leo’s personal experience of the bloated paper based healthcare administrative systems in Ireland that he thinks that mHealth will help other healthcare systems more than our their own: Yes Mobiles are more distributed in emerging countries than more developed ones but it should be very clear from the success at KP in the USA (see their future vision video here) that the very same smart devices that will bring modern healthcare to regions like Africa are going to provide the backbone required to save €billions that we waste every year propping up the undocumented and wasteful paper based healthcare services in more affluent regions of the world that continue to fail Patients.

Reza Jafari interviews Denis OBrien at the 2014 GetHealthSummit

An interview of Irish telecom Billionaire Denis O’Brien by Reza Jafari, Chairman and CEO, E-Development International was fascinating and gave some insights into telco perspectives on network neutrality and mHealth in rapidly developing mobile markets. My highlights:

…we started our business (Digicel) in 2001 and we went into Jamaica and at the time in Jamaica they had very high prices, it was about $2 per minute for long distance and about 70-80 cents to make a call, so only the very wealthy people in Jamaica had a mobile phone and over a couple of years we changed that and now in Jamaica, a country with about 2.78 million people, there’s 100% mobile penetration and we’ve just launched a LTE network so we’re building better networks than you’d experience in the United States in countries that would be seen to be countries that are emerging and the same in Papua New Guniea a country on the other side of the world with a population of 7 or 8 million people where again we’re bringing the most modern technologies. So Broadband I think is a human right and I’m hoping in the MDGs next year it will be put into words as such because if you really want to have an economic development and movement of globalisation to the developing world you have to have umbilical cords going into these countries and the most modern technologies…

…the biggest challenge now is in the world today there are about two and a half billion people with access to broadband but those people are living in very developed countries. The challenge is in parts of Asia and also Africa where broadband access is probably less than ten percent. It’s over the next five years that we’re going to see that develop so the plans that you’ll be talking at over the next 48 hours (at the GetHealth Summit) are heavily dependent on networks and we have this situation where telephone companies or mobile companies are investing very heavily but they just do not, I mean if you’re putting 25% of your revenues in terms of capital expenditure every year, your investors you know are beating a drum and saying we want a dividend and we want you to be more conservative so there’s this situation where on our own mobile phone operators in Africa or Asia will not be able to do it and there needs to be a contribution from what’s known as these OTT (over the top) operators so people like Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, all of these people who ride on top of the networks but don’t do any revenue with the telcos and I suppose the most disappointing thing this week was this whole question of net neutrality where President Obama has put his two feet in it again, now like almost everybody in Ireland we are wildly enthusiastic because they’re Democrats but you know he’s just got this issue wrong because net neutrality is great if you’re in the United States but awful if you’re in Africa because effectively it means these silicon valley (companies) can ride across the networks and not give any contribution to the construction of the networks and that is actually going to hold back the development of eHealth. It’s a massive challenge and if you take Google, Google will probably have 200 lobbyists in Brussels rattling the cage of the European Commissioner. So there’s challenges everywhere, the FCC got four to fve million hits to their website over the net neutrality issue so it’s unfortunate because normally America leads in a lot of these advances but because of the lobbying power of silicon valley and these companies who have been major contributors in the most recent elections of ten days ago and Presidential elections, they are actually ruling the roost…

…there’s a balancing act because it’s a matter of regulators in the African countries saying look we really want to have everyone in the country having access to broadband and once you have broadband then you can have all the other eHealth services but there has to be a contribution even if it’s modest from Google and all these people because you know Google’s profit margins are 80%, mobile phone operators have traditionally had margins of 40% but they are going towards 25% so there has to be some sort of contribution and then if you look at technology there is also the work that is being done in low orbit satellites where if you take Bunkino Faso for example it’s unrealistic to say that 90% of the geographic size of that country is ever going to be covered by LTE or 4G so using access to low orbit satellites could also be a very economic way for health workers to actually upload and download data and I actually think if you look in Africa there’s one million new health workers needed and Jeffrey Sachs has a really interesting project and there will be people who say well I don’t agree with his project, but I’m always a believer if someone’s out there trying to do something out of that fallout there will be a way or a system that will develop that will make another leap forward as such…

(Reza Jafari) …when Jeffrey Sachs came to our UN Broadband commission and asked for help nobody offered to help. 12 months passes by he comes back and says “I Need your help” and the only person on the UN Broadband Commission who held his hand up and said I will help you is Denis O’Brien, I was the second guy behind him who said yes we would love to help you Jeffrey to be able to do it. How is that partnership going and what would you say about creating a public private partnership where it is not only the private sector making the investment for the OTT’s to come in and use it because they are all going to be participants in our ecosystem we just need to create that win win opportunity for all of us?

(Denis O’Brien) …I think he’s a big thinker. He’s a big brain and he has some fairly wild ideas but as a social entrepreneur he’s worth backing. The problem is a lot of people on the broadband commission would be representing very big companies and they can’t really make a decision in terms of doing something so it’s easier if you don’t have share holders, much easier. So if you take his plan, he’s looking for startup capital which he’s now got and now he’s obviously trying to implement. And we said we’d do it with him in Haiti and it’s my belief that a project like that particularly in eHealth where it’s very very undeveloped countries I think the operators should actually give the capacity for free because when you look at the totality of the capacity on the networks that are needed by a health worker it’s very very modest. You know it could be 10 GB per month so it’s not an expensive thing to you and also it’s not a cash payment by the operator so it’s not going to effect their margins. They have the capacity it’s perisable you know it’s like an airline seat that goes empty from New York to Dublin…

While it’s great news that Ireland has a self made billionaire investing in mHealth startups who is now calling for healthcare workers to get free mobile data access and broadband access to be a human right, I couldn’t help but see how the objectives of the GetHealth Summit to help ‘scale up creation of content‘ won’t struggle to be aided by these efforts.

It’s hard to see how the content needed for public health advances wouldn’t find it even more challenging to reach audiences eg. brands promoting the consumption of junk food and soda are going to be helped by efforts to tip the balance towards a content provider pays model because they can indiscriminately adhere their brand to any youtube video content etc.

When you realise the disruptive impact that Digicel made to the Jamaican telco industry and the benefits this has provided to families and businesses in the region I’m surprised Denis is now calling for tighter regulation. Perhaps it’s just a sign of the rate of change that’s seen within the newest trillion dollar industry that it is capable of turning disruptive foreign startups into incumbent businesses in just 13 years.

I think it’s interesting to note that many of the disruptive mobile strategies that are the focus of brands like Coca Cola and Starbucks don’t really care about the future role of the mobile operator and anyone who thinks that telcos are short on political influence isn’t keeping up with the world.

The success of Apple in rebranding the smartphone (from a device that appealed to male geeks who thought it was called a smartphone because you had to be smart to be able to use it) and the enormous draw this has had on telco profits (Apple is getting practically all the profits out of the most affluent top end of the mobile industry) highlights that the telcos are just being blindsided by partners that work harder than they do.

Obviously it’s a chicken and egg situation because much of the reason for wanting to pay Mobile Operators for mobile data in Africa derives from the great ad sponsored content that companies like Google offer (gmail, google docs, youtube, etc) so perhaps it’s time for telcos to either become a commodity with lower profit levels OR accept their evolving role as a communications company and partner up to bring customers innovative new services and continue with the cannibalising of outdated industries.

I personally won’t lose a tear as Apple Pay and Google Checkout cannibalise the massive card and cash transaction markets because it’s only happening because telcos have sat on their hands and haven’t coordinated themselves to work to spare their customers from the pain of outdated approaches to transactions that are held onto so dearly by banks and governments.

Denis O’Brien is one of the smartest thinkers in Ireland so perhaps for next year the GetHealth Summit should try and organise for him to take part in a proper debate with someone who thinks disruptively about the future of content on the internet. I’m sure Kim Dotcom would have audiences on the edges of their seats…

Alain Labrique presenting at the 2014 GetHealth Summit

I found a lot of common misconceptions about the mHealth market being expressed by speakers at the event and that was very disappointing because although this is not a new phenomenum it could discourage or at least distract audiences from the mHealth opportunities that Patients and Carers want and society needs to get the most from the budgets it commits to healthcare budgets.

The “mHealth Tools and Point of Care Devices” plenary in which Dr Alain Labrique, the lead of John Hopkin’s Global mHealth Initiative, used some nonsensical arguments to suggest mHealth devices that he doesn’t understand aren’t useful:

…I put my hat on as a Hopkins faculty and what we do at the Global mHealth initiative is really the research around mHealth technologies to understand the efficacy the sensitivities the specificities of these tools
in accomplishing the clinical goal or public health aims that they claim to do. It’s why one of the first successes in mHealth point of care tools has really been the information look up tools the reference tools.
The transition from paper based pocket guides to now digital pocket guides because the content and quality of that information is easy to port into a digital arena. When you look at how mobiles have been used to enhance diagnostic tests the first slew of innovation out there was to use the mobile camera to interpret lateral flow assays to be able to read the bands on things like malaria tests in order to ascertain whether a patient has or does not have malaria in a semi quantitative way. but we’ve tried in the field to use, and I’m to not going to name which company, but mobile ultrasound units. After about three weeks the field nurses came back to us and said “we want to go back to our larger format laptop based Ultrasound because the screen is too small, we can’t discern the various artefacts in the image because of the footprint”. So that’s a design issue where the innovation wasn’t compatible with the need of the specific work cadre. 2 lead EKG it’s something that we’ve seen plastered across a lot of the mHealth landscape where we’ve it’s a very cool thing to whip out of your pocket and i’ve done it myself to show people look I’m taking your EKG right here using my mobile phone but you talk to Cardiologists and tell them about the ability to do 2 lead EKGs and compared to a 12 lead the diagnostic landscape that you can capture with 2 leads is very different and so you know there’s a credibility leap between what the technology can do and what the clinical world are looking for. So evidence is not sufficient, design is also very important when we looked at, in the last Wireless Health meeting in Baltimore we had a group from University of Maryland report on point of care tests for Diabetes management and so looking at the glucometers that were available off the shelf. They took 25 of the top most popular, most purchased glucometers and only found that one of the 25 met the design criteria or design requirements for elderly adults who would be using these technologies. So there’s a lack of fit there that needs to be overcome. But then the other issue of tolerances. there is a lot of technology out there that simply cannot survive the very very challenging environments of rural uganda or tropical bangladesh when we are using these day in and day out under high humidity, high dust environments. Those are points of failure that we need to address. So i would say these two things of improving the evidence base so that we have greater clinical reliability and improving the designs so that the technology fits with the end user and are going to be critical to rapid adoption…

A few tweets I posted listening to Alain led to Alivecor coFounder and American Cardiologist Dr Dave Albert making a contribution:

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I’m astounded that a Medical Professional from an institution like John Hopkins who is supposedly working to try and drive the understanding and adoption of mHealth has such a poor grasp of ECG technology and not the vaguest understanding of the Alivecor ECG or the new opportunities for self care that it represents.

I think it’s an interesting thing to comment on as it’s a great example of how the low cost, ease of use and wow factor in mHealth tech can contribute to driving it’s use by those who ​simply don’t understand it’s clinical relevance. There is an abundance of information on the clinical evidence supporting the use of Alivecor’s ECG sensor on their excellent website but as someone who has been using ECG tech for 20+ years and who was invited to explain, demonstrate and sell this medical device to Ireland’s leading cardiologists at their annual scientific symposium last year I can probably explain some of the reasons why it’s very unprofessional of Alan to have tried to denigrate the value of this clinically validated medical device.

Firstly it could be considered by audiences that Alan is casting aspersions on some of the world’s most pre-eminent Cardiologists (see Leslie Saxon, Eric Topol, Prof John Camm, etc) who are carrying and using Alivecors in their clinical practice (and in-flight!) and advocating for it’s use by their Patients.

Alan’s issues with the Alivecor arise not from a failure of mHealth design but from the failure of this particular medical professional to understand what the technology is/isn’t and how and where it needs to be applied. The Alivecor has proven itself to be extraordinarily useful for detection of disabling and life threatening arrhythmias. You can click here to read about the experience of a Patient that I helped who had a completely asymptomatic arrhythmia back in 2011 with my own Alivecor device.

It’s key that commentators with influence all appreciate that even though research is being published that demonstrates the feasibility of using the Alivecor tech to create a 12 lead ECG the Alivecor is not being marketed or sold as a replacement for a highly diagnostic 12 lead ECG (which can give significantly more information on ischaemia, infarction, accessory pathways, anatomical position of the arrhythmia, etc, etc). Instead it provides an incredibly convenient and easy to use method of recording a high quality heart rhythm and this can be used in ways that are similar to and can extend beyond how healthcare professionals today use expensive equipment like Holter monitors, monitors in ambulances or implantable loop recorders.

It’s important to appreciate that these rhythm strips are very useful for diagnosing paroxysmal rhythm disturbances and it’s for this reason that all Cardiologists utilise them extensively in their work detecting arrhythmias and planning treatment for their Patients.

I would also recommend that Alan is more careful about how he judges the quality of information. A blog review (authored by a group of junior medics who don’t understand the value of BP monitoring) does not constitute ‘expert’ opinion – for that look to some of these papers that have been published by Cardiologists leading departments within the world’s top medical research institutes.

As Dr Dave Albert says “Change creates Opportunity so embrace it!“:

Alivecor mHealth Transforming heart health by empowering self care

The breakout discussion panels were an event highlight for me and I’m very surprised they weren’t recorded so that the points of view could be shared more widely. The above one should give you a feel for some of the conversations eg. it highlights the naivety that academics have in their approach to judging the quality of sources of information – which was enough to get me to chip in with a bit on the Trust Economy.

“…it’s very concerning if content gets out there and is not quality reviewed and quality checked and again there are clinicians and others who could speak more credibly about this but there are ones that don’t have true ministry of health approval and or clinical level review. I mean there are a lot of great applications you know I won’t go into that but I think we all really need to be careful because this is not like agriculture which is a sector I worked in a little bit, where you know if you get the soil pH wrong your tree dies where as in this case it’s lives so you have to be extremely careful…”

What do you think: does Africa not have an evolving trust economy?


The poster area was very interesting but reminded me of how we used to share information back when I was at medical school before most of us had even heard of the internet or used a mobile phone- I’m sure delegates could take lessons from Africans on this.

GetHealth Poster Evaluation of Video Conferenced med grand rounds

GetHealth Poster inPracte Africa

GetHealth Poster Uni of Washington Kenya

GetHealth Poster Medical Aid Films

GetHealth Poster Parkinsons Disease web based edu program for health providers in cameroon

GetHealth Poster Exploratory Study of mHealth in Southern States of India

GetHealth Poster eLearning at a med school in subsaharan africa

GetHealth Poster An exploratory Study of mHealth

GetHealth Poster Exploring the usability of a app for adolescent obesity management

GetHealth OppiaMobile Learning Platform for low resource Environs

GetHealth Poster Ghana Telemed Beyond the Pilot Phase

GetHealth Poster A systems approach to implementation of eLearning in med ed

GetHealthPoster The Health Workforce Info Ecosystem

Please let me know bout any thoughts you had on the 2014 GetHealth Summit in the comments.

How Grandma sees the Smartphone

November 20, 2014

Grandma sees the remote control

Seeing very insightful “How Grandma sees the Remote Control” cartoon gave me the idea of making up a “How Grandma sees the Smartphone” as part of some consulting work I’m currently doing for a mobile operator. Hopefully some readers might find it helpful in their work trying to help the mobile industry better appreciate the opportunity for more inclusive marketing/design of smartphones and services:

How Grandma sees the smartphone

If you can think of any edits or things I could add to improve the impact of the image please share it in the comments and I’ll make the update(s).


Thought this post read a little negatively so let’s also think about how Grandma could see her mobile:

How Grandma could see her Mobile

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