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!