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By Neil Versel 03:52 am September 22, 2011
Mobile health is on the big world stage now, at the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting. Last week, the UN introduced its first mobile app, delivering news from various UN agencies and programs to Android, iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone devices. Among other functions, the app allows users to support and get customized updates from UN Foundation efforts in healthcare, including the...
By Brian Dolan 09:37 pm May 4, 2011
This week Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the establishment of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a new partnership that will leverage mobile technology to help prevent death during childbirth. With an expected $10 million in funding over the next three years, MAMA plans to launch in Bangladesh, India and South Africa. Given the federal government and Johnson...
By Brian Dolan 11:27 am June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...
By Brian Dolan 05:56 am April 13, 2010
The mobile health trend started to pick up steam halfway through last year: Since then a flurry of reports have hit the interwebs with insightful analysis and punchy interviews well worth reading. At the close of 2009, MobiHealthNews published its own Wireless Health State of the Industry Report, which we offered up as a holiday gift to our readers. There are many other high quality reports...
By Brian Dolan 10:41 am March 30, 2010
By Adele Waugaman, who directs the UN Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership and manages communications for the mHealth Alliance. In the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the CTIA Wireless 2010 gathering took place last week, cool apps, shiny gadgets, the 4G network and machine-to-machine (M2M) opportunities were dominating discussions.  But a closer listen...
By Brian Dolan 09:27 pm February 28, 2010
Amir Jafri, COO, West Wireless Health Institute The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) announced that former Cardinal Health executive Amir Jafri has joined the Institute as its chief operating officer (COO) and former UN Foundation executive Mitul Shah has joined the WWHI as its senior director of programs and partnerships for engineering. Jafri begins immediately, while Shah will take his...
By Brian Dolan 09:06 am November 3, 2009
During a keynote at the Foundation for the NIH's mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. last week, Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had joined the mHealth Alliance, a consortium created by the Vodafone Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation. PEPFAR is now a founding member of the Alliance. PEPFAR's participation in the...
By Brian Dolan 04:59 am September 29, 2009
This morning the United Nations Foundation appointed David Aylward as the first executive director of the mHealth Alliance, which is a partnership recently formed by the UN Foundation, The Vodafone Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation to support and advance mobile health initiatives in the developing world. In anticipation of the announcement, Mobihealthnews interviewed Aylward about his...
By Brian Dolan 06:13 am May 28, 2009
Cheri Voisine, Marketing Consultant, mHealth Industry By Cheri Voisine, Marketing Consultant for the mHealth Industry "Seventy-five percent of what we need to do here has nothing to do with technology," explained Mark Dronzek, Chief Information Officer for Family Health International at an mHealth conference hosted by the University of California at San Francisco last week. mHealth is...
By Brian Dolan 05:42 am April 20, 2009
Photo Credit: Datadyne.org Last week Vital Wave Consulting noted that a number of large technology vendors have made investments in mobile health initiatives for developed markets. Vital Wave pointed out that the timing was probably meant to coincide with the U.S. government's plan to invest $20 billion into modernizing healthcare. GE and Intel recently announced a joint $250 million investment...