Mobile health care, also known as mHealth, is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile technology industry. A recent report from Parks Associates indicates the U.S. market for wireless home-based health care applications and services will grow at a 5-year cumulative annual growth rate of more than 180 percent and become a $4.4 billion industry by 2013.

What exactly is mHealth? It is healthcare enabled by the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices, and it is a technology that is transforming health care from a physician and hospital-focused system to one that connects all the entities involved in the health care process (including patients) via mobile in order to achieve community and clinical health data collection, delivery of health care information to practioners, researchers and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.

To insure that metro Detroit’s health care community is well-versed on the opportunities and challenges facing the health care industry in the upcoming years, as well as the role that mobile technology will play in the health care industry’s transformation, Mobile Monday Detroit is presenting ‘Mobile in Healthcare’ at its next meeting on Monday, April 18.

Presenters for that meeting will include:

* Jason Joseph, director of technology and Information solutions for Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health Systems and a member of the board of directors for the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
* Caston Thomas, account manager at Voalte Inc. and former President of InterWorks Technology, and
* Doug Zeffer, director of mobile at Ann Arbor-based Logic Solutions.

Joseph will provide an overview of the health care technology environment, as well as the identification of key opportunities and challenges that are present when considering mobile technology applications as health care solutions. The presentation will highlight progress that Spectrum Health Systems has made in leveraging mobile technology in business and clinical environments, potential uses for patients and providers, and the most promising uses of mobile technology within the industry in the next few years.

Thomas’ presentation will focus on techniques, resources, Web 2.0, translating traditional desktop applications, multi-media, imitating the native look and feel, and evolving technical issues that will impact the user experience in the near future.  He’ll also review Voalte’s hospital-focused application and discuss how it has been designed with the end-user experience as its central driving force, while addressing universal issues that will help application developers become more attuned to their end-users, and will also help corporate decision-makers assess which tools will be best for their enterprise.

Zeffer’s presentation will focus on the impact of mobile technologies on health care providers such as physicians, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as consumers.  He will discuss how the impact of mobile technology on healthcare is undeniable; on the healthcare provider side, it is shaping the way healthcare providers are administering, monitoring and delivering healthcare.  On the consumer side, mobile technology is allowing instant access to information, thereby enabling consumers to be more informed about their health and able to make better real-time decisions. 

The Mobile Monday Detroit event will be held on Monday, April 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Compuware Building located at One Campus Martius in Detroit.  Attendance is free, though space is limited and registration in advance is required.  Those interested in attending may register at http://meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Detroit.  Parking will be validated for attendees who utilize Compuware’s parking deck.

Sponsors for the event are the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Mobile Monday Michigan, and Compuware.

For more information about this event, email your questions to info@MobileMondayMichigan.org.

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