2009 mHealth Summit
The 2009 mHealth (Mobile Health) Summit, organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), was an unprecedented two-day event bringing together more than 800 public and private sector science, medical, policy and mobile technology experts to develop a new roadmap related to the integration of science and wireless solutions to improve public health delivery, particularly to underserved populations, in the U.S. and around the world.
“This mHealth Summit challenges the science and technology communities to collaborate and craft a vision for innovation, solving problems and implementing solutions by using the mobile platform,” noted Dr. Charles A. Sanders, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for NIH. “mHealth has the potential to transform public healthcare research and delivery, relieve over-stretched health systems, and revolutionize healthcare in the U.S. and the developing world.”
Attendees of the 2009 International mHealth Summit came from more than 25 countries. Representatives of the Fogarty International Center at NIH, InSTEDD, Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation, and Vodafone Foundation discussed their international mHealth field experience at the conference.
Keynote addresses were delivered by senior officials including:
- Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Dr. Ileana Arias, Acting Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
- Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, PEPFAR
- Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, Permanent Representative of Rwanda of Rwanda to the United Nations
- Dr. Roberto Tapia-Conyer, Director General of the Carso Health Institute of Mexico.
Opening day discussions include a panel moderated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of the NIH Bioethics Department on the ethics, privacy, and security challenges of using mobile technologies in health and health research. Dr. Barbara Mittleman, NIH Public Private Partnerships Office, will moderate a panel on building capacity and collaboration to harness mobile technologies. A closing panel discussion on October 30 will explore the evolution of mHealth technologies.
Case studies throughout the two-day summit will explore innovation in mobile healthcare delivery, from Microsoft® smart phones monitoring fetal heart rates to SMS and mobile health delivery in rural Malawi, and e-learning systems delivered via mobile to remote medical training sites. Panel sessions will include representatives from technology companies such as DataDyne.org, the GSM Association, Microsoft Research, Nokia, Qualcomm and Vodafone.
A related event, “From Policy to Implementation,” was held the full day preceding the Summit and explored policy issues relating to mHealth. This smaller, private event was organized with support from the World Bank, mHealth Alliance, and the Foundation for NIH.
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