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mHealth Alliance Works in Partnership with GSMA to Expand Discussion of Mobile Health at 2010 Mobile World Congress

Dedicated Conference Track to Explore Market Opportunities Around mHealth

Washington, D.C. —   February 11, 2010

The mHealth Alliance today announced that it and the GSM Association will deliver a day-long conference program on the use of wireless networks to support health delivery (mHealth) at the 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. A series of high-level presentations and seminar panels under the banner “mHealth – Collaborating for Universal Care: An mHealth Insight Developed with the mHealth Alliance” will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2010, exploring the rapidly growing ecosystem at the intersection of the healthcare and mobile worlds.

“mHealth is a new frontier for the mobile industry and we are excited to be working with the mHealth Alliance to establish a dialogue around the opportunities and challenges for participants across the entire healthcare value chain,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at the GSMA. “This dedicated day-long track on mHealth at the Mobile World Congress should be particularly insightful.  We expect it to lead to new ideas, new conversations, and ultimately, new ways of doing business.”

“One year after the launch of the mHealth Alliance at the February 2009 Mobile World Congress, we are thrilled to be back at the Congress and partnering with the GSM Association to expand discussion of how wireless can help reach global health goals,” said David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “The marriage of health with wireless is a win-win opportunity for the mobile industry, for health providers, and for everyone who cares about creating healthier communities,” he added.

The day will begin with opening remarks from Terry Kramer, Regional President, Vodafone Americas and Dr. Ajay Bakshi, Associate Principal, McKinsey, and followed by a series of high-level plenary panels and afternoon seminar discussions. Sessions and moderators include:

  • “Supply Side Ecosystem and the mHealth Value Chain”, moderated by Dr. Sally Stansfield, Executive Secretary of the Health Metrics Network of the World Health Organization
  • “Revenue Streams for mHealth - Exploring the Future Economics of mHealth”, moderated by David Aylward, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance
  • “Wellness at Every Age”, moderated by Dr. Hector Gallardo Rincon, Director of Operational Solutions, Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud (Carlos Slim International Health Institute

Representatives of major wireless operators, and health and strategy companies will also participate, including: Accenture, Apollo Hospitals, Ericsson, i.e. healthcare, LG, Orange, Safaricom, Smart and Telefonica. Experts from the Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Sproxil, Terem Emergency Medical Centers, University of California at Los Angeles, Vital Wave Consulting and WellDoc also will speak.

The mHealth Alliance was announced by the United Nations Foundation, Vodafone Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation at the February 2009 Mobile World Congress, and builds off those Foundations investments in innovative technologies in its support global health goals.

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About the mHealth Alliance
The mHealth Alliance is dedicated to enabling the delivery of quality health to the farthest reaches of wireless networks in the developing world.  Its mission is to be a catalyst and accelerant, supporting leaders, celebrating successes, creating hard research, filling gaps, making connections, and forging public-private partnerships.  The Alliance was created by the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, and includes the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the GSM Association among its founding partners.  More information is available at www.mhealthalliance.org or info@mhealthalliance.org.

 
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