West Health @ mHealth


For three days in early December, the eyes of the mobile health world turn to the industry’s leading gathering at the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. HIMSS’s mHealth Summit is the largest wireless health conference in the United States, bringing together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem to advance the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes and lower the cost of health care.

West Health has been a strategic affiliate of the mHealth Summit for two years and continues to be this year, leading our ‘West Health Session Track’ at the Summit profiling our Medical Grade Wireless Utility project, our policy work and debuting our upcoming supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

West Health will also have multiple other experts presenting on other key panels. Please see our event listing at mHealth below, and feel free to contact us to set up a meeting. Follow us @westhealth for more info and enjoy selected live Tweeting from our panels. The full event agenda is also available.

West Health Track panels are indicated by 

Monday, December 3

Point of Care Delivery Transformed
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Track C

Experts from MobiHealthNews, Diversinet, Ringful Health, Geisinger Health Systems and West Health’s HHS fellow Pierce Graham-Jones will discuss how mHealth tools are changing health care.

Can You Understand Me? Interoperability & Standards?
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Track I

Are we getting closer to interoperability standards that would facilitate greater creativity, quicker product turn-around and regulatory approvals?  Panelists representing Continua Alliance, Open mHealth, Deloitte and West Health’s Aaron Goldmuntz will discuss.

The Platform for Wireless Health Inside your Hospital
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Track T Affiliate Session

Hospitals themselves, with overlapping networks and complex constructions, pose a challenging situation for wireless signals. Find out how new hospitals are being designed from the ground-up to have an adaptable and expandable wireless infrastructure for patient safety, information security and cost savings. With experts from Health Alliance Hospitals, Vanderbilt University, Palomar Pomerado Health and CHIRP, moderated by West Health’s Ed Cantwell.

Tuesday, December 4 ▼

ONC Town Hall on Consumer Engagement
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Affiliate Session - National Harbor 12 & 13

Join the Office of Consumer eHealth from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) for a Town Hall meeting to learn more about several major developments in the world of consumer engagement, including Meaningful Use Stage 2, consumer eHealth and the Blue Button for America, with speakers from ONC, HHS, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Pierce Graham-Jones, West Health’s HHS fellow.

Can We Spend Less on Health Care?
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Track P

This session provides perspectives on roles various stakeholders play in lowering the cost of health care, from payer to patient, physician to politician and private industry to entrepreneurs, and will feature the debut of West Health’s Supplement with the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Featuring Neal Shah of Costs of Care, Tufts University and West Health Fellow Peter Neumann, West Health Policy Center’s Mike O’Grady and moderated by West Health’s Joe Smith.

Federal Policy and mHealth: Update and Future Direction
5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Track P

Leaders from U.S. federal agencies will provide updates on key mHealth issues and discuss policy priorities for the year ahead, including integrating mobile devices and electronic health records; funding opportunities; guidance on mobile medical apps and clinical decision support tools; and, enabling wireless technologies.
The panel includes Julius Knapp, Chief of Engineering & Technology at the FCC, David Muntz, Principal Deputy,  at ONC and Bakul Patel, Senior Policy Advisor to the FDA and is moderated by West Health’s Kerry McDermott.



Wednesday, December 5 ▼

Trends in Mobile Interoperability and Standards
1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Extended Session

This session track will be an overview of the growth of standards-based interoperability in mHealth technology, including new standards in development and regulatory concerns with the growth of mobile, medical devices in the healthcare enterprise, with experts from MITRE, GE Healthcare, HL7, Continua Health Alliance, HIMSS and West Health’s Aaron Goldmuntz.