Mobile health design, regulation, data liberation and business model soundbites

By Brian Dolan
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QuotesEach week the MobiHealthNews team picks a "quote of the week" (QOW) that we include in our free weekly newsletter. Since it's the end of the month, here's a roundup of the past two months' QOWs. Some are important for the content of the quote -- others are important simply because the person speaking is recognizing the potential of mobile health. US President Barack Obama, for example, recognized the value of mHealth and telemedicine during two separate speaking engagements these past two months.

Other quotes point to business model strategy, market needs, regulation and data liberation. These serve as a quick pulse check on the mobile health conversation.

"Access to the MyChart app complements a variety of unique patient needs and lifestyles. With the ability to view personal health data and connect a patient with his or her health care provider – where and when they need to – we’re putting a patient’s health record in the palms of his or her hands." - Dr. Albert Chan, a family medicine physician with Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

"The success or failure of Care Innovations is not based on reimbursement." - Louis Burns, CEO, Care Innovations (the new GE-Intel JV)

"Mobile healthcare is a strange place and we have a lot of newbies. The newbies are confused by the arcane rules from people like the FDA, other weird things and healthcare acronyms. For old people like us, it’s just standard operating procedure." - Dr. David Albert, inventor or iPhoneECG

"It's about... a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor." - US President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address

"Today’s apps don’t appreciate that you’re a person. That’s simply not good enough." - Sutha Kamal, CEO, Massive Health

"It is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation." - FDA statement about the recently cleared Mobile MIM app

"In Wagner, S.D., patients can receive high-quality, lifesaving medical care from a Sioux Falls specialist who can monitor their EKG and listen to their breathing -- from 100 miles away." - US President Barack Obama

"The laptop is almost becoming a bit outdated as we move to smartphones and tablets." - HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber