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A Great Summit on Mobile Health!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 -
Posted by: Akhila Kosaraju, M.D.

Today, Dr. Akhila Kosaraju, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, reports on our recent Mobile Health Summit

Last Thursday the MHS, led by Butch Anderson's International Health team and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), held a wonderful event on mobile health technology. Energy in the room at the MITRE headquarters in McLean, Va., was palpable as speakers and attendees engaged in enthusiastic, frank and open dialogue about how mobile technology can be used by the Military Health System to promote health care around the world.  After a whole day of presentations and discussion, it became clear that the potential for cell phone technology is limitless when it comes to health care. 
For instance, a presenter spoke of an experience he had with providing a consultation with data made available to him via a cell phone. Another told of how a medical professional in the Congo without access to training in some of the more modern or complex medical techniques was treating a severely injured patient. By using SMS messages, the medical professional was able to reach a colleague in the UK to obtain instructions – 12 steps for amputation – in order to save the young man's life. 
We convened this first Mobile Health Summit to enable the health care community to hear these kinds of stories and spark more talk about the many possibilities for mobile technology in improving and innovating health care. We were so excited to have experts from the State Department, the CDC, the VA, academia, industry, NGOs and the World Health Organization at the event. It was the first conference its kind as far as the level of expertise and breadth of representation, with AFRICOM surgeon Col. Skyler Geller, SOCOM surgeon Col. Rocky Farr, SOUTHCOM surgeon Col. Miguel Cubano, CENTCOM surgeon Col. Bryan Gamble, and USNS Mercy Commanding Officer Capt. James Rice among the many leaders contributing to the dialogue. 
With this first Mobile Health Summit we have helped create further awareness and potential partnerships for what will be a critical component in the future delivery of health care. Materials from the summit will be available on shortly—including details about the current state of global mobile medicine in specific continents and countries, challenges faced, technology being developed, and next steps for the MHS

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