mHealth Summit brings in telcos, Microsoft maven


mhealthlogoSo I’ve gotten a number of announcements about the upcoming mHealth Summit. It looks like an interesting event, and I’ve put out some feelers to some of the participants to find out what’s going on. Hopefully there’ll be more coverage, ongoing.

First, I got an announcement in early July about some of the sponsors for the event:

Washington, D.C. (July 06, 2010) - Industry leaders Abbott, Microsoft Research, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skype and Verizon Wireless have joined the 2010 mHealth Summit as sponsors, the conference organizers announced today.

I, of course, gravitated to the mention of telco sponsorship, and have reached out to Verizon for follow up. I bumped into a Verizon marketing person at ESX in Pittsburgh in June and exchanged pleasantries and cards, so hopefully, she’ll be able to get back to me soon with some input on Verizon’s future plans in security, PERS and mobile health.

This is the second annual mHealth Summit and this year’s event promises to keep the ball rolling from last year.

Building on the momentum from last year’s event, the second annual mHealth Summit will feature an expanded format that includes:

* keynotes delivered by leading corporate executives, philanthropists, policy-makers and social entrepreneurs;

* super sessions with key stakeholders from policy, research and technology communities;

* concurrent sessions addressing a range of relevant topics such as the intersection of mHealth and mFinance, and opportunities for mHealth in the current policy and regulatory environments, and;

* networking events to drive collaboration.

The event is expected to attract some 2,000 attendees, including international and domestic C-level executives, medical professionals, technologists, researchers, and policy makers, and over 150 exhibitors.

And then just a couple days ago I got the announcement that Mr. Microsoft himself would be keynoting the Summit.

Bill Gates Named Keynote Speaker at the 2010 mHealth Summit

High-level conference to explore role of research, technology & innovation in mobile health

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2010 - Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide a keynote address on the opportunity of mobile technologies to improve health outcomes in the developing world at the 2010 mHealth Summit, the summit organizers announced today. The summit, organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the mHealth Alliance, will be held November 8-10 in Washington, DC.

There are some heavy hitters involved here. If I were a traditional security guy, I’d maybe look at PERS, telehealth and mHealth and say, “There’s maybe some opportunity here for me to expand my business model, especially given the sponsorship dollars here.”

From the Gates keynotes release:

Mobile Health, or “mHealth,” is rapidly becoming a transformative solution for improving quality healthcare services in poor and remote regions around the world. With over 5 billion mobile subscriptions globally, cell phones are becoming a tool to help close the digital divide and increase access to a range of services, including healthcare.

The mHealth Summit will transpire from November 8-10, 2010 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.



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<p class="comment_author">August 6th, 2010 at 8:34 am</p>
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<p>I had a nice <a href=";id=ss2010081zLThr" rel="nofollow">conversation</a> with Steve Van Till from Brivo the other day during which he said much the same thing&hellip; That the current climate in security is becoming very Darwinian and those who refuse to adapt will quickly disappear. Stay tuned for more news from Verizon&ndash;I hope.</p>

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<p class="comment_author">August 6th, 2010 at 1:30 am</p>
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<p>Verizon considering a move into security and PERS eh?<br />
No surprise there then. Our industry is so slow to adapt to new technologies, we make it easy for outsiders to come in and clean up our mess. More will follow.<br />
The exact same thing is happening in the UK and Australia. We are partnering with large ISP&rsquo;s to migrate systems to IP while the security guys refuse to accept that landlines are history.</p>