2010 mHealth Summit, Washington DC, Day Three

November 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment


After a final early morning run, readying myself for homeward-bound adventures…



The final Sessions of the 2010 mHealth Summit…

Dr Julio Frenk, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health

kicked off the day – and said we must stop the ‘idea that poor people deserve poor services’; she called that we replace the idea of health centres with ‘health spaces’  bringing connectivity via clinics to the home or on the move..

She called upon ‘software, hardware, but also humanware’, as health is also tied up in our national security, economy and environment, and also asked everyone to imagine a world without ‘mobile phones’  – with the central tenet of voice – but a world of screens where health and other services were adopted.

But privacy and security are key – they can provide confidence in a HIV sufferer to send an SMS anonymously, but also may restrict innovation. It is a fine balance. The idea of risk and benefit may need to be re-defined from our ‘cotton wall’ era though.

A good analogy was made by Col Ronald Poropatich, Deputy Director, Telemedicine, US Army Medical Research

people knew the risks of the car, or the two-pronged electric plug, but they decided the benefits outweighed the risks and went for it. Maybe a leap of faith also needs to be taken in this revolution. And TRUST should be the currency which keeps up with technology quicker than regulations.

MEDICAL ID THEFT – the ID number issue was discussed; can 1 digit be added to existing Government issued numbers? Would people accept this or even remember it?? If there is fraud, this could end up being fatal ie. someone receiving the wrong blood type in a  transfusion.

Rob McCray, President and CEO, West-Wireless Life Sciences Alliance,  rounded off the 2010 mHealth Summit by stating the current healthcare system: ‘ is as opaque as the financial services industry, but not as profitable. It is equivalent to the 1970s automobile industry – expensive, inefficient and twice as much spend as the developing world but with half the return in terms of reduced or halted chronic illness deaths.’

So lots to be done, and some final food for thought as I round up this review

“The cell phone is not a panacea for health care” Bill Gates


‘The best way to fight poverty is to give someone a cell phone’ Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus

Good bye for now!


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