As expected, the Medical Records Institute seems to have folded. We heard whisperings of lay-offs at the MRI and now a press release from the mHealth Initiation (mHI) today announces that the MRI's founder and CEO Peter Waegemann is moving from the MRI to the new mHI.
"It's time to put our energy into the new and exciting field of cell phones in healthcare. This is where the action is. This is where the future is," he said.
Obviously, we couldn't agree more.
We would ask, however, that the mHI stop referring to handsets, mobile devices or cell phones as "mDevices." It's driving us nuts.
Read more for the full press release from the mHI about Waegemann's new role.
C. Peter Waegemann, the grand statesman of EMRs, HIT visionary, and mobile health advocate, and Claudia Tessier RHIA, a widely recognized EMR, mobile health, and information capture expert, are moving from the Medical Records Institute to the mHealth Initiative Inc, a not-for-profit organization based in Boston, MA. "It is time to put our energy into the new and exciting field of cell phones in healthcare. This is where the action is. This is where the future is" says Waegemann, who will serve as mHI's executive director.
mHI President Tessier adds, "Mobile devices can leapfrog the barriers to EMRs and put health information directly into the hands of patients and providers. Thus, mDevices will be a major stimulus toward participatory healthcare."
The mHealth Initiative is a not-for-profit membership organization that will serve as the communications center for all mobile device developments in healthcare. Among the planned projects is the first participatory care community through mHealth technologies and systems. The organization's first seminar will be held March 31 in Boston. For more information, see www.mhealthinitiative.org.