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February 15, 2010

mHealth Alliance to Present on Mobile Health at 2010 Mobile World Congress


The mHealth Alliance, an alliance formed in 2009 GSM Mobile World Congress by the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation, and Vodafone (News - Alert) Foundation to facilitate global innovation and ensure maximum impact of mobile health, announced that it with the GSM Association will deliver a day-long conference program on the use of wireless networks to support health delivery at the upcoming 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) event.

 
“mHealth is a new frontier for the mobile industry and we are excited to be working with the mHealth Alliance to establish a dialogue around the opportunities and challenges for participants across the entire healthcare value chain,” Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA (News - Alert), said. “This dedicated day-long track on mHealth at the Mobile World Congress should be particularly insightful. We expect it to lead to new ideas, new conversations, and ultimately, new ways of doing business.”
 
The conference will cover a series of high-level presentations and seminar panels under the banner “mHealth – Collaborating for Universal Care: An mHealth Insight Developed with the mHealth Alliance” which is aimed at exploring the rapidly growing ecosystem at the intersection of the healthcare and mobile worlds.
 
“One year after the launch of the mHealth Alliance at the February 2009 Mobile World Congress, we are thrilled to be back at the Congress and partnering with the GSM Association to expand discussion of how wireless can help reach global health goals,” David Aylward, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, said. “The marriage of health with wireless is a win-win opportunity for the mobile industry, for health providers, and for everyone who cares about creating healthier communities,” Aylward.
 
The session is said to begin with opening remarks from Terry Kramer, regional president, Vodafone Americas and Dr. Ajay Bakshi, associate principal, McKinsey A series of high-level plenary panels and afternoon seminar discussions will follow.
 
Also, representatives of major wireless operators, and health and strategy companies will also participate, including: Accenture, Apollo Hospitals, Ericsson (News - Alert), LG, Orange, Safaricom, Smart and Telefonica. Experts from the Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Sproxil, Terem Emergency Medical Centers, University of California at Los Angeles, Vital Wave Consulting and WellDoc (News - Alert) also will address the conference, the company’ said.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney










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