mHealth India Workshop 2009


India's pressing healthcare needs may benefit from judicious application of information technology. Mobile-computing technology may be particularly helpful, for example, by improving access to healthcare, by encouraging personal health management, and by enabling patient and provider mobility. Wearable medical devices are emerging, to measure pulse, respiration, ECG, blood glucose level, and patient mobility. Handheld devices support clinicians in urban hospitals, and portable diagnostic kits allow remote healthcare teams to more easily reach rural villages.  The widespread availability of mobile phones, and recent experiments with low-cost, long-range broadband wireless networks, bring connectivity to all these opportunities.

The goal of this invitation-only workshop was to gather an inter-disciplinary group to explore this hypothesis: that mobile-computing technology can enhance the health and well-being of Indians. Participants, including engineers and healthcare professionals drawn from academia, industry, and the public sector, described existing projects and identified inter-disciplinary research opportunities where mobile-computing technology may help in addressing the pressing healthcare needs of India. Topics included mobile-computing platforms for field research, long-distance Wi-Fi networks, health information systems, emergency response, electronic pill boxes, and user interfaces. This workshop aimed to encourage the creation of collaborative research teams that bridge universities and connect researchers and practitioners.  The speaker’s slides are available.

Program [see details]

  1. Nine insightful speakers

  2. Panel discussions

  3. Breakout session



Mobile computing for Healthcare in India



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