Posts Tagged mhealth

May the PHONE be with you!

November 16th, 2010

On the heels of last week’s Mhealth Summit here in DC, last night I attended a roundtable discussion hosted at the Johns Hopkins University called: On the Move: The Power of Mobile Communication. Panelists included five mobile communication experts: Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director, Center for American Progress Adam Segal, Founder/President, The 2050 Group Adele Waugaman, Senior Director, UN Foundation Technology Partnerships; Communications Director, mHealth Alliance Josh Nesbit, Executive Director, Frontline SMS: Medic Katherine Maher, ICT Program Officer

The diverse group of panelists made for fascinating discussions and Q & A about the power of mobile communications. Perhaps the most interesting to me personally, were the discussions brought up by Adele Waugaman and Josh Nesbit, the two global health panelists.

Waugaman discussed the initiatives the United Nations is undertaking to improve technologies in health care and disaster emergencies in developing nations. She discussed the important role that cell phones played in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Cell phone shelped find survivors, and guided aid workers and doctors to the areas where most attention was needed., Waugaman leads the $30M partnership between the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation that invests in the use of mobile technologies to advance UN health and disaster relief programs. Read more: May the PHONE be with you!

Mobile Technology used to Improve Maternal Mortality

November 11th, 2010

By: Linda Diep

Here in the United States, common uses for mobile devices include organizing, planning, texting, Tweeting, and communicating, just to name a few. However, very rarely are they used to save a life. On Tuesday I attended one of the many panel discussions at the 2010 mhealth Summit that took place here in Washington, D.C. November 8-10th. The panel, entitled “Achieving Health Priority Needs with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mobile Interventions,” featured speakers from both the public and private sectors:

  • Alain B. Labrique, Ph.D., MHS, MS, MACE, Assistant Professor, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Karosar Afsana, MD, MPH, PH.D., Associate Director, Health Programme, BRAC
  • Clint McClellan, Senior Director, Qualcomm Health & Life Sciences, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Jon Stross, VP International, BabyCenter, LLC
  • Moderator: Catharine Taylor, MSc Econ, Director, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, PATH

Focusing on health issues within maternal and child health, the theme of the discussion was based on the Continuum of Care, a model suggesting that the health and well-being of women, children, and infants are interlinked, and that endeavors to address these issues should be done jointly. Furthermore, the model also states that these populations should have access to health services and resources, which should also be available to them at all times.

Read more: Mobile Technology used to Improve Maternal Mortality

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