Mobile Health – An Evidence-Based Look Beyond the Hype

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Discussion Overview

Extraordinary advancements in mobile technology and connectivity over the last several decades have provided the foundation needed to dramatically change the way healthcare is currently practiced.  While the utilization of mobile telecommunication technologies for the delivery of healthcare (mobile, or mHealth), is still in its earliest stages of development, the evidence supporting its potential to impact the delivery of care, to improve outcomes and lower costs is evident.  For healthcare consumers, mHealth technologies can allow for the more convenient, rapid and personalized diagnosis of some of the most common acute symptomatic illnesses; for example upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, otitis media in children and dizziness/syncope.  In individuals with chronic medical conditions, who account for nearly 90% of healthcare spending, mHealth technologies can transform their care through improved monitoring, tracking, and engagement of critical biometrics during routine daily activities, not only in doctor’s offices.  While the overall goal of mobile health solutions in the out-patient setting is to greatly empower patients to better care for themselves in conjunction with their healthcare provider, rather than damaging the doctor-patient relationship this transformation in care will instead reinforce that relationship in allowing physicians to re-establish their role as diagnostician and educator for their patients.  mHealth technologies have the potential to dramatically change every aspect of the healthcare environment and to do so while delivering better outcomes and substantially lowering costs. Most critical to driving this transformation is the need for real-world clinical trial evidence of the overall benefit of mHealth to the patient and the healthcare system.  

Speaker Biography

Dr Steinhubl is the Director of Digital Medicine at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and a clinical cardiologist at Scripps Health.  He received his undergraduate training in chemical engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, graduate training in physiology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and his medical degree at St. Louis University in Missouri. Steve’s internal medicine residency training was completed at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California. Following residency, he was a staff internist at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.  His cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships were at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was also Chief Cardiology Fellow. Prior to joining Scripps Steve was the Director of Cardiovascular Wellness and the Medical Director for Employee Wellness for the Geisinger Healthcare System.  He was also the Cardiology Fellowship Director, a clinician-scientist and a staff cardiologist there. In the past, beyond his time in the Air Force, Steve has also been a Global Medical  Vice-President for The Medicines Company based in Zurich Switzerland and the Director of Cardiovascular Education and Clinical Research at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Dr Steinhubl’s research activities have covered a broad range of topics in cardiology with a primary early focus on trials of novel antithrombotic therapies for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and more recently on the application of an integrated systems-based approach to the optimal identification, communication and treatment of an individual’s risk for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease.  He has been principal investigator or helped lead over a dozen large-scale, international randomized trials and has authored over 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as numerous book chapters, and abstracts. 



5:30pm-6:45pm   Networking  ( Free appetizers and drinks )

6:45pm-7:00pm   HTF Update

7:00pm-7:45pm   Presentation: Mobile Health – An Evidence-Based Look Beyond the Hype

7:45pm-8:30pm   Continued Networking / Meet Dr. Steinhubl

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  • Dimitri A.

    Great San Diego HTF event and we appreciate all the positive feedback! Again, a special thank you to Dr. Steinhubl for his talk and continued support. Please be sure to to cast your vote for the Chase Small Business $250K Grant. The deadline is mid November. Step 1: Go here- Step 2: Enter - Health Technology Forum Step 3: Cast your vote Note: You need a Facebook account to vote.

    We look forward in seeing you all again soon!
    Dimitri and Mike

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Gregg

    Great meetup. Kudos to Dimitri and Mike!

    October 25, 2013

  • gary h.

    It was great to hear a "provider" with a positive vision for mHealth!
    Usually I encounter the dark-side perspectives.
    I am mentoring (and hoping to work with) health care - wellness - new ventures, this talk provided useful insight and knowledge.

    October 25, 2013

  • Kevin W.

    I agree with the other posts....great meeting, with an excellent speaker....looking forward to future meetups.

    October 25, 2013

  • Bill S

    A valuable expert & clinical view of the true potential of "mHealth" from a patient & provider perspective. Good job filtering out the hype factor and focusing on specific scenarios & use cases. Quality audience as well.

    October 25, 2013

  • Juliet

    Had another obligation. Wish I could have been there. Can anyone share key points. His video sounded a little conservative and very status quo for someone who leads Scripps Translational. Thoughts?

    October 25, 2013

  • Shaun N.

    Great attendance and conversation. Presenter was top notch.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Great presentation. Great energy. Would loved to have had some time to chat about what some of the information really means in terms of business models, combined with trends in San Diego.

    October 24, 2013

  • Lisa M.

    Best one yet. GREAT speaker, real content, greater cross-section of attendees for depth of networking. Lisa McKnight @ Nokia for Lumia phones & newly introduced Lumia 2520 Tablet!

    1 · October 24, 2013

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