Mobile Health Edges Closer to Transformation as Industry Convenes Fifth Summit

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executive Jeff Belk as vice president of wireless convergence. The WLSA’s move also has benefitted from the support of many new corporate members, McCray said, including AT&T, St. Jude Medical, Optum Health, and Ascension Health.

The conference schedule features an investors’ meeting and showcase that includes company presentations and keynote talks on the first day; an invitation-only program for C-level executives on day 2; and a “Commercialization Day” set for the third day with workshops that are intended to identify technologies and solutions to such healthcare challenges as teen obesity and sleep disorders.

“Four years ago, mHealth solutions were, for the most part, early stage initiatives geared exclusively toward tech-savvy clinicians and forward-thinking hospitals,” TripleTree’s report says in its executive summary. “Today, both technologies and attitudes are changing, making mHealth approachable to a broader audience including physicians, nurses, patients, payers, healthcare administrators, and consumers.”

So perhaps mobile health is becoming more mainstream. Still, the question remains, who will drive adoption?

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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