Mobile in Healthcare; Focus on Mobile Apps & Devices

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The October 15th meeting of Mobile Monday Detroit will focus on mHealth apps, devices & impact on the healthcare industry. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Compuware Headquarters in Downtown Detroit, and is open to all who have an interest in learning about this rapidly growing segment of the mobile / wireless industry.

Mobile healthcare, also known as mHealth, is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile technology industry globally; it is also an incredible opportunity for Michigan's economy.

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.

The wireless industry is reshaping the healthcare landscape in America and around the world. Through Mobile applications and technology, mHealth solutions have the potential to reduce medical costs and errors, remove geographical and economic disparities and reinforce consumer-focused and personalized healthcare for millions of people regardless of location, race, age, gender or disability. With more than 327 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S., mHealth solutions are vital to making healthcare more efficient, effective and patient-focused.

This MobileMonday event will discuss the Healthcare industry's use of mobile technology with specific focus on apps & devices. We will provide Michigan-based speakers who can present information about the use of mobile technologies in a healthcare environment and the resulting impact.

Speakers will include:

Kevin Lasser, CEO, JEMS Technology Caston Thomas, CEO, iWorksTech Laurence Kirchmeier, Technologist, Office of Enabling Technologies, University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Ralph D. Pearlman, MD, Founder/CEO, Pearlswan Communications


Kevin Lasser will discuss his firm's proprietary live streaming, HIPAA compliant, reliable, fully reimbursable streaming video technology for mobile devices that is being utilized by health facilities throughout the US and China and the impact that technology is having on those facilities.

Caston Thomas will focus on: If FedEx Ran Your Hospital...Five and a Half Things You Would Do Differently. Over the last five years hospitals have been dealing with mandates, cost pressures, a rollercoaster of economic issues, and rapid advances in technology. What once was an "industry" that was behind the rest of the business world by ten years has now become the industry that is leading in technological innovation. Mobile technology is a big part of that change, and Michigan has taken a leadership role in producing positive outcomes, lean, and technology adoption. This presentation will:

relate important healthcare/hospital statistics that put mobile technology adoption into perspective list approaches that hospitals use that will dramatically change service levels, responsiveness, pro-activeness, and use of information (all of which mobile are areas where mobility can be an agent of change) present a model mobile technology that is built to improve operations, workflow & collaboration offer an idea for how Michigan hospitals can collaborate to dramatically improve patients & families' perceptions about care, operational efficiencies, workflow and collaboration (using mobile technology). Laurie Kirchmeier will present on UMSkinCheck and other mobile apps that have been developed at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Pearlman will discuss one of the most important things a physician does...communicating with patients, answering questions, and educating them about their illnesses and will explain how a simple mobile animation application, Meditoons, has overcome the challenges of effectively communicating with patients about the development of their disease. Dr. Pearlman will discuss the roadmap to creating Meditoons, and his current and future plans for incorporating Meditoons into his busy surgery practice. Dr. Pearlman will be assisted by Meditoons Program Manager, Rob D'Amico, who will be available to discuss the creative and technical challenges of creating Meditoons and the communications and promotional strategy devised to build awareness and traffic for the Meditoons app.


Kevin Lasser

A self-admitted "serial entrepreneur", Kevin B. Lasser has over 25 years of experience in business building, finance and technology solutions. As CEO of JEMS Technology, Mr. Lasser oversees business operations in the U.S. as well as internationally for JEMS - which is becoming the preferred choice of health care institutions worldwide for telemedicine.

Prior to JEMS, Mr. Lasser was CEO and co-founder of Encryption Security Solutions (ESS) and Pure Entropy Technologies (PET) where he led both companies in becoming world class providers of encryption / cyber security solutions to commercial concerns and government / military installations.

Prior to ESS and PET, Mr. Lasser was President and founder of Sage Financial Corporation (Sage) which excelled over a 10-year period. Sage was consistently in the "Top 10 Money Finders Group" from esteemed organizations such as GE Capital, Pitney Bowes Financial and Maryland National Financial and funded over $220M for small to mid-size businesses. Mr. Lasser is a graduate of The University of Michigan - Business School with high honors.

Caston Thomas

Caston Thomas is CEO of iWorksTech. Complete bio pending.

Laurence Kirchmeier

Laurence (Laurie) Kirchmeier is a "seasoned" software developer with over 25 years experience. He is currently a Senior Technologist in the Office of Enabling Technologies at the University of Michigan Medical School where he is currently leading a mobile application development group within the Medical School, and is developing a strategy for developing and supporting mobile application development within the School and the University of Michigan Health System. Over the last year three mobile apps have been developed: UMSkinCheck, MDStat+ and SecondLook.

Laurence has been with the Medical School for over two years and led an initiative evaluating the use of real-time collaboration technologies including h.323 videoconferencing, Adobe Connect, Microsoft Lync and Vidyo.

Prior to his current position with the Medical School, Laurence worked for eight years with Merit Network Inc. a non-profit company that manages the Research and Education network for the state of Michigan. He focused on End-to-End Performance Testing & Network Measurement and High Performance Network Applications. Laurie has also served as a representative of Networking R&D to the Merit Managers group in the absence of a Networking R&D Director.

Laurence also worked with Internet2 on high-performance network applications and Media Station Inc. where as technical director he worked on design and development of multi-media products for Disney Interactive, Hasbro, Harper-Collins, Mattel, Philips and IBM.

Dr. Ralph D. Pearlman

Dr. Ralph D. Pearlman, MD FASCRS is section chair of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Providence hospitals and Founder / CEO of Pearlswan Communications.


Once again Mobile Monday Detroit will take place at Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit (One Campus Martius, Detroit, MI), and as always, attendance is FREE, but advance registration is required for security purposes. Free parking is available (with ticket validation at sign-in) in Compuware’s parking deck directly behind the headquarters building, and refreshments will be served.


Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by Mobile Monday Michigan (, Compuware ( and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (