Positive sign: Healthcare IT events now being renamed mHealth

Readers will be familiar with the lists I make of mHealth events eg. 2010 (I counted 45), 2011 (I’ve counted 48 so far) but I’ve just noted another little trend that might be starting: established Healthcare IT events are being renamed as mHealth events to cash in on the growing interest in the space.

I noticed this one because it’s new name is remarkably similar to the title that TELUS have given to their Toronto/Ottawa event (“Unlease the power of mHealth“) that I’ll be presenting at next week. Formerly titled “iHT2 Health IT Summit, Seattle” it’s now been renamed “Unleashing the Power of mHealth & Telemedicine” but looking at the event website it seems like all the updates haven’t yet been made as there’s still banners etc referring to the old title:

Whilst it’s the first mHealth event I’ve heard of that has no speakers representing the carriers or mobile device manufacturers there is no doubt that it’s attracting a great mix of Healthcare IT expertise so I’m very hopeful that there will be some good media coverage of the proceedings. Full list of presenters includes:

Dale Alverson, MD, Medical Director, Center for Telehealth, University of New Mexico Health Sciences and Immediate Past President, American Telemedicine Association
Gary Baldwin, Editorial Director, Health Data Management
Mark Blatt, MD, MBA, Worldwide Director, Global Healthcare Strategy, Intel Corporation
Dr. Bob Bohn, Program Manager, Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
Heather Boyle-Townsend, Regional Director, Informatics Corporation of America
John Cox, CIO, Sago Managed Services
James Crawford, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Path and Lab Medicine North Shore-Long Jewish Health System and Co-chair, Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Todd Elliott, Regional Director, Enterprise Sales, Comcast
Frederick Galusha, CIO, Inland Northwest Health Services
Amnon Gavish, SVP of Vertical Solutions, Vidyo
Geoff Glave, Senior Product Manager, Absolute Software Corp
Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Healthcare Informatics, Qualis Health and Washington-Idaho REC
Rick Jennings, Chief Technology Officer, vRAD
Benjamin Kanter, MD, CMIO, Palomar Pomerado Health
Rebecca Kaul, President, Technology Development Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Sukhwant Khanuja PhD, Founder and CEO, Carematix
Christopher Koburn, Executive Director, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic
Laura McCrary, EdD, Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network
David Nace MD, VP & Medical Director, McKesson Corp & Co-chair, Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange
Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Alexander Nason, Program Director, Telehealth, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Rema Padman, PhD, Thrust Leader, Health IT Research at iLab, Carnegie Mellon University
Orlando Portale, Chief Information Officer, Palomar Pomerado Health
Bob Rogers Ph.D, Chief Scientist, Apixio
Alan Snell, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, St. Vincent Health and Indiana Health Information Exchange
William Spooner, Chief Information Officer, Sharp Healthcare
Jay Srini, Chief Strategist, SCS Ventures
John Tempesco, Chief Marketing Officer, Infomatics Corporation of America
Nick van Terheyden MD, CMIO, Nuance Communications
Claudia Tessier, President, mHealth Initiative
Peter Tonellato, PhD, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School andd Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Joseph Tracy, VP, Telehealth Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Tim Weinmann, Market Development Manager, Wireless Patient Monitoring, Dräger Medical Inc
Eric Wicklund, Senior Editor for Telehealth, Healthcare IT News

I’m particularly interested in the “Strategies and Applications for the Deployment of mHealth Solutions” panel as it seems very well thought out and realistic in it’s explanation:

Are you in HealthCare? Does your company have mHealth in their strategic plan? Are you already executing on your mHealth Plans? If not – you should be. Typically patients are not at their computers when they are receiving medical services Almost everyone has a cellphone that can at least send and receive text messages Your mHealth strategy should be a layered approach that combines voice, text messaging and mobile web and custom applications. One approach does not fit all – despite what some people might think – not everyone will have an Android or iPhone smartphone. By combining these solutions you can reach your patient population.

This panel will address how to develop the most effective and impactful mHealth strategy for your organization.
Moderator: Eric Wicklund Panelists: Dale Alverson MD, Geoff Glave, Christopher Koburn and Alexander Nason.

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