Mobile health leaders convene at third annual summit


2011 mHealth Summit opens with participants from 48 countries

The 2011 mHealth Summit kicked off with 3211 attendees from 48 countries. “Our goal this year was to deliver an event that met the needs of this growing industry,” said Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth Summit and Director of Strategic Alliance at the Foundation for the National Institute of Health (NIH). “The mHealth Summit provides a 360 degree view of the state of mobile health today and is a direct result of partnerships and alliances we have engaged in leading up to the summit.”

The summit this year focused on both domestic and international issues and includes a program consisting of 8 keynotes, 4 super sessions, 80 concurrent sessions in 5 themed tracks, corporate spotlights, a broad range of exhibitors, four themed pavilions, and special sessions and co‐located events presented by sponsors, affiliates, and partners.

The M‐Enabling Summit has also co‐located with the mHealth Summit, a focused event on mobile applications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

“In addition to the record attendance this year, we have seen an increase in panelists and speakers from low‐income countries, where a great deal of mobile health programs are already having a positive impact on health outcomes,” said Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “Demonstrating lessons learned and innovations used in low‐resource areas is a critical part of advancing mHealth around the world.”

This year, a new aspect of the Summit was its Digital Media Pavilion, sponsored by the Foundation for the NIH and the United Nations Foundation.