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The Wireless Health Social Scene

The growing list of industry meetings is a virtual breeding ground for new mobile innovations.

San Diego did not see much sun this summer, but it certainly did get hit with a lot of wireless health activities! As you may recall, this past June I attended the Qualcomm-sponsored World Economic Forum event, “Advancing mHealth Summit” in San Diego.

The summit attracted global thought leaders who engaged in discussions on the future of mobile health, delved into the barriers and hurdles of health care innovation, and examined the mission critical areas of health care delivery that wireless technologies will revolutionize.

The event’s intimate setting and La Jolla venue inspired frank discussions and unique perspectives, generating rich and stimulating ideas. I gained key takeaways on how, where and when to leverage telecommunications in the health care industry to help improve quality of care worldwide.

The World Economic Forum’s mHealth Summit was in many ways the kick-off event for the whirlwind of wireless health conferences and tradeshows that is about to begin. I often joke that given the rate they are growing, it seems that wireless health events must be breeding! I’m currently trying to figure out a method of cloning myself to attend them all.

As I have not figured out this latter solution, Qualcomm has elected to participate as a major sponsor at a select few events. We hope you’ll watch for Qualcomm at the:

  • London Informa Mobile Health Care Industry Summit: I will be keynoting in an interview with Brian Dolan of MobiHealthNews (mobihealthnews.com) at this Qualcomm-sponsored event.

  • USC Body Computing Conference: I will be on a panel highlighting a new wireless remote monitoring solution built on our Brew Mobile Platform at this Qualcomm-sponsored event.

  • TCBI Medical Device Connectivity Conference: The Internet of Everything Module will be showcased at this event. With unique applications in the health care sector, the IEM is the smallest mobile connectivity module in the world, and includes a built in accelerometer and GPS support.

  • Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance Wireless Health 2010: As Chairman of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, I will be opening this Qualcomm-sponsored conference — the world’s first academic research symposium focused on wireless health.

  • CTIA Enterprise & Applications: Qualcomm is co-sponsoring a Wireless Health Pavilion with CTIA. Twenty partners are joining us in the Pavilion to showcase their innovations.

  • TEDMED: Qualcomm will be a major sponsor. Echoing the show’s theme, Qualcomm will exhibit innovations that demonstrate how we “think out of the box!”

  • National Institute of Health mHealth Summit: I will be on a panel titled, “The Impact and Future Visions for mHealth,” and Qualcomm is sponsoring a Technology Pavilion featuring forty key companies in the mobile health industry.

  • MEDICA: Qualcomm is sponsoring a Wireless Health Pavilion within Medica, the world’s largest medical tradeshow.

Like I said, these events are truly breeding!

In August, Qualcomm was featured on Fox Business News’ American Icon series, with a segment dedicated to wireless health. Dr. Eric Topol, renowned physician and Director at Scripps Translation Science Institute, and I spoke with Fox Business News about innovations in wireless health and demonstrated solutions for improving fitness, managing chronic disease and monitoring patients remotely.

Jamie Eisinger, our group’s marketing coordinator, showed off a Dexcom wireless continuous glucose “band-aid,” and a Zephyr Technologies chest strap connecting to a Brew MP feature phone with ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature and motion sensors. I think Brian Sullivan, the FOX anchor, was more interested in the demos than anything Eric or I had to say!

It’s great to see the number of events grow – at least ten-fold over the last year – and I think I know the reason why: many of the world’s wireless network operators are beginning to ask how they can participate in wireless health, and what products to launch. To date, we have proven that when a one trillion dollar industry starts asking questions, the event industry will respond! Let’s all look to 2011 as the first real year of commercial developments from multiple operators with multiple solutions.

I look forward to connecting with some of you on these panels, exhibit floors, or the blogosphere.


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