Bill Gates Named Keynote Speaker at 2010 mHealth Summit To Be Held November 8-10
Posted Aug 03 2010 11:04am
The drive and purpose of this summit is to explore role of research, technology & innovation in mobile health. Bill Gates has been active in many area of healthcare to include the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation with immunizations and other projects and grants. Along with Warren Buffet he has a strong commitment for philanthropy in call for others to join his challenge in making money available for research projects in order to find cures and create solutions.
Also of interest are some of the areas he has with investing in software, one in particular that helps create new drugs.
Earlier this year he also spoke at Berkeley and emphasized the need to be creative and versed in more than one area, what you might call the evolving field of the “creative technologist”. The hybrid individuals who have expertise and knowledge in more than one area he stated are going to be those in demand and I agree totally with this concept and we are starting to hear more about this in general news publications today and I speak of it quite a bit with this blog too.
There are a few other keynote speakers you may recognize on the list to include Aneesh Chopra, US Chief Technology Office from the White House. The convention purpose is to discuss mobile healthcare technologies, evidence based medicine and how to bring practice and policy all under one roof, and we would all like to see more in this direction by all means. Bill Gates is always beacon of knowledge and one of my favorite interviews was conducted earlier this year with Jon Stewart where they discussed Twitter, entertaining and full information too at the same time.
This looks to be probably one of the biggest informational conventions in the area of mobile healthcare to date. Information on how to register and who can attend follows the press release below. BD
Washington, D.C., August 3, 2010 – Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide a keynote address on the opportunity of mobile technologies to improve health outcomes in the developing world at the 2010 mHealth Summit , the summit organizers announced today. The summit, organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the mHealth Alliance, will be held November 8-10 in Washington, DC. “We are honored to have Bill Gates join the mHealth Summit. The event has quickly become the premier meeting place for leaders focused on research and the delivery of health services through the implementation of mobile technologies,” said Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth Summit and Director of Strategic Alliances at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Gates will be keynoting an interactive discussion on November 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST during the 2010 mHealth Summit. The event will connect leaders in health, government, academia, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to advance discussion and decision making on the intersection of mobile technology, health practice, research, and policy in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries. Mobile Health, or “mHealth,” is rapidly becoming a transformative solution for improving quality healthcare services in poor and remote regions around the world. With over 5 billion mobile subscriptions globally, cell phones are becoming a tool to help close the digital divide and increase access to a range of services, including healthcare. “We are delighted that Bill Gates is joining the mHealth Summit to advance the discussion on how modern mobile and computing technologies can save lives and promote healthier communities in even the world’s poorest places,” said David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, whose founding partners include the Rockefeller, United Nations, and Vodafone Foundations, PEPFAR and the GSM Association. Verizon Wireless, the partnering sponsor, will be joined by other sponsors including Abbott Labs, American Telemedicine Association, CTIS, McKesson Foundation, Microsoft Research, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skype and the West Wireless Health Institute. The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees from around the globe, feature over 150 exhibitors and will be held November 8-10, 2010 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Tweet me: Mobiles instead of PCs? Bill #Gates to keynote #mHealth Summit Nov 8-10 Washington DC http://bit.ly/cpueKW #mHS10 #ICT4D #technology About the mHealth Summit The 2010 mHealth Summit, a partnership of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), the National Institutes of Health and the mHealth Alliance, is the leading U.S. conference advancing cross-sector collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes. The 2010 mHealth Summit, to be held November 8-10 at the Walter E. Convention Center, will connect leaders in government, private sector/industry, academia and not-for-profit organizations to advance discussion and decision-making related to the intersection of mobile technology, health research, and policy in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.mhealthsummit.org .