The Convergence of the Wireless and Healthcare Industries
For many years, I have been attending most of the traditional wireless industry events, and over the last decade I’ve witnessed drastic changes. We went from a world in which the industry was developing, standardizing and promoting the promise of next generation 3G services back in early 2000, to the most recent wireless events of 2010, where it is clear that the mobile Internet has made its mark, and is changing the way we all live, learn, work and play.
The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is an organization founded to create and promote an ongoing and expanding dialogue around the many opportunities to use wireless technologies to advance the delivery of health care. I recently attended the 5th annual WLSA Convergence Summit held in San Diego on May 11-12th.
The first day continued with its tradition of providing awards to companies with the most innovative health care solutions that leverage wireless technologies. Each of the 12 finalists was given a short time (~8 minutes) to present an overview of their company, with questions from the audience. TripleTree’s second annual I Award® program recognizes innovation, insight and initiative in the Wireless-Life Sciences. The award categories and winners were:
- Best Operational Effectiveness Solution (CellTrak Technologies)
- Best Clinical Solution (Calgary Scientific)
- Best Consumer Experience Solution (Zeo, inc)
Convergence Summit Day
The “Convergence Summit,” held on day two, is the WLSA’s cornerstone event. It is an invitation-only program for invited senior executives, thought leaders and policy makers. Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO, Dr. Paul Jacobs kick-started the day with his annual keynote and was followed by a full day’s agenda that was packed full of presentations and moderated discussions between leaders within the wireless and health care industries. The content and discussion was exciting and it was inspiring to see how the different industries are coming together for a single cause.
The third and final day, “Commercialization Day,” focused on product life cycle management for wireless health pioneers. Unfortunately, my schedule did not permit me to attend this day of the event.
This was a great event and I am thankful I was given the opportunity to attend. I would like to leave you with a couple of the key observations I took away from this event. First, it’s clear that there is a growing interest amongst the health care community to develop innovative solutions that leverage wireless technologies to give consumers more control of their healthcare. And secondly, it is not a matter of if wireless will transform healthcare — it is really a question of when!