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Mobile in Health Care

Mobile healthcare, also known as mHealth, is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile technology industry.  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 healthcare from a physician and hospital-centric system to one that endeavors to connect all the entities involved in the healthcare process (including patients) via mobile in order to achieve the collection of community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.

In a recent article, Justin Montgomery of MobileStorm states, “mHealth Technology has the ability to deliver a wide variety of healthcare services to people who previously had difficulty seeking, obtaining or following up on healthcare related matters.  Healthcare treatments have historically been defined by the patient traveling to see the practitioner, either a single time, or more often than not, on a repeated basis.  This provides a huge barrier to treatment for those who live in rural areas or don’t have access to reliable transportation.  mHealth Technology won’t take the place of every patient visit, but more often than not it can reduce the number of visits required while increasing the quality of the care provided.”

To speak to us about the opportunities and challenges facing the healthcare industry in the upcoming years, as well as the role that technology will play in the healthcare industry's transformation, will be Mr. Jason Joseph, Director of Technology and Information Solutions for Grand Rapids-based, Spectrum Health.  In his presentation, Mr. Joseph will provide an overview of the healthcare technology environment, as well as the identification of key opportunities and challenges that are present when considering mobile technology applications as healthcare solutions.  The presentation will highlight progress that Spectrum Health 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.

Mr. Joseph has 15 years experience consulting and leading technology organizations across several industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities.  In his work for Spectrum Health, he is responsible for application development and integration, as well as revenue cycle applications.  While at Spectrum, Mr. Joseph has led the development of online and mobile solutions for patients, providers and employees, integrated core hospital clinical and financial information systems, and advanced the business intelligence capabilities of the organization.  He was instrumental in rolling out community health information exchange capabilities, and is active in developing a service-oriented architecture for healthcare that will provide enhanced capabilities for information exchange between organizations, providers and patients.  Prior to joining Spectrum Health in 2006, Mr. Joseph was the CIO for a mid-sized manufacturing organization and held various consulting positions specializing in enterprise software engineering and integration.

Additional speakers for the evening are 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.

Mr. Thomas presentation will focus on techniques, resources, metaphors, Web 2.0, translating traditional desktop applications, multi-media, imitating the native look & 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 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 to help corporate decision-makers assess which tools will be best for their enterprise.

Mr. Zeffer's presentation will focus on the impact of mobile technologies on healthcare providers such as physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as consumers.

Once again Mobile Monday Detroit will be meeting at the Compuware Building located at 1 Campus Martius in Detroit.  And as always, we appreciate Compuware's offer of their meeting facilities to host our event. We hope you will join us there!

Please note that the networking portion of our meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting schedule:

5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Announcements
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presentations

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Compuware.


Visiting Compuware:

Map to Compuware

Enter Parking Deck from Farmer Street Entrance
Enter under Visitor Entrance Signs

Take Parking Deck Elevator to 1st Floor and cross Farmer Street to Office Tower
Bring parking stub with you to Mobile Monday Registration Desk
Enter Office Tower on Ground Level off of Farmer Street

Go to Main Atrium
Register at the Mobile Monday Registration Desk
Have your parking stub validated

You will be directed to the Meeting Room location from the Mobile Monday Registration Desk.

Exit Parking Deck
Have validated parking stub ready for the cashier


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