Issues in Mobile Health Panel

Robyn Whittaker* Barbara Mittleman*
Wendy Nilsen*
Robyn Whittaker*, university of auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Mark Carroll, Indian Health Service, Arizona, United States
Barbara Mittleman*, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
Wendy Nilsen*, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States

Track: Practice
Presentation Topic: Mobile & Tablet Health Applications
Presentation Type: Oral presentation
Submission Type: Panel Presentation

Building: LKSC Conference Center Stanford
Room: Paul Berg Auditorium
Date: 2011-09-18 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Last modified: 2011-08-12
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Mobile phones have had the most rapid uptake of any technology to date. mHealth, and specifically the use of mobile phones for health interventions, is a relatively new field receiving a lot of attention. Research has shown some benefit with respect to smoking cessation, medication reminders, and the management of long-term conditions between clinic visits. Robyn Whittaker has been involved in developing, testing and implementing mobile phone population health interventions in New Zealand. In 2010/11, Dr Whittaker's Harkness fellowship involved key informant interviews with people across the U.S. health and mobile technology sectors. These interviews covered the potential value of mobile health, barriers to successful implementation, and outstanding issues yet to be resolved. For this panel session, Dr Whittaker is joined by some of her interviewees to discuss key findings from the project. Panelists include: Mark Carroll, MD, practicing pediatrician and Indian Health Service Telehealth Clinical Consultant and Director of the Native American Cardiology Program; Deb Levine, MA, Executive Director and founder of ISIS Inc, developer of mobile phone sexual health programs for young people; Lorien Abroms, PhD, ass professor of public health communication and social marketing GW University School of Public Health, developer of Text2Quit smoking cessation program; Barbara Mittleman, MD, internal medicine/rheumatologist, Director NIH Public-Private Partnership Program, co-chair of the first mHealth Summit; and William (Bill) Riley, PhD, Program Director Division of Cardiovascular Sciences NHLBI, chair of NIH mHealth Inter-Institute Interest Group, adj professor Department of Prevention and Community Health GW University School of Public Health with interests in eHealth technologies, tobacco dependence, diet/exercise adherence, insomnia treatment, and behavioral assessment. Panelists will bring their perspectives on mobile health for health information and behavior change interventions, healthcare service delivery, public health surveillance and data collection, research and public policy. They will discuss some of the key issues facing this field such as: Where can the real value of mHealth be seen? Extension of current communications methods or transformation to a patient-centered system? What do we know about what works? How to best use theory and evidence to shape mHealth intervention design? What are the main barriers to the implementation of mHealth? What business models might work?

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