mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health?
That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This article supports that discussion by expanding the definition of mHealth and what’s included.

Much of this article builds on an earlier article that I wrote in May 2012, where I addressed confusion among syllogisms, using the analogy that Lions & Tigers are both Animals, but not all Animals are Lions or Tigers. Likewise, there are some confusing overlaps among the terms mHealth, eHealth, Wireless Health, Connected Health, Digital HealthTelehealth, and Modern Health. The devices that serve these market segments overlap too, so I must discuss them collectively.

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mHealth – Is it Mobile Health or Modern Health?

What is Mobile Health?  That’s the subject of a Linkedin discussion started by Wendy Thomas, founder of the Mobile Health Association in Austin, TX.

Her purpose was to clear up confusion between syllogisms, and the analogy she used was that Lions are all Animals, but not all Animals are Lions. The same goes with the health terms such as digital health, ehealth (electronic healthcare), mhealth (mobile healthcare), and telemedicine, so she argued that…

Mobile Health IS Wireless Health AND Mobile Health IS Telemedicine, but Wireless Health AND Telemedicine are not necessarily MOBILE HEALTH.

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While I agree with the premise of Wendy’s argument, people often associate Mobile Health with the ambulance that shows up to provide care and transportation, rather than the use of mobile devices and wireless networks. That’s why I drew the diagram with Mobile Health not entirely within Wireless Health or within Telemedicine. Confusion still persists, and I’m adding to it with yet another term – Modern Health. Read More …

eHealth Radio interviews Modern Health Talk founder

Image of Wayne Caswell, founder of Modern Health TalkeHealth Radio host Eric Michaels recently interviewed Modern Health Talk founder Wayne Caswell, and we thank him for letting us share our story with his audience. You can listen to the recorded podcast below, visit for related radio programs, or read Wayne’s program notes below.

Wayne Caswell discusses and answers the following:

  • What is Modern Health Talk, and what unique perspective do you bring?
  • Aging-in-Place and Universal Design are terms we often hear today, but what do they mean, and who is most interested?
  • Please describe the size of the problem and the market opportunity for solutions.
  • So what technical solutions address the rising healthcare costs and improve quality?
  • Can you mention some other Technologies for home healthcare as an alternative to more institutional care?

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A History of Tech Innovation — Were You There?

My story


Wayne Caswell with his mom, Mildred Murray Caswell (4/19/1921 — 9/13/2002)

As a retired 30-year IBMer, I dedicate this article to IBM’s 100th anniversary with a video posted at the end as a way to reflect on past innovations and envision and hopefully inspire new innovations in important areas such as health care. Here’s my story, which has influenced my perspective and interest in finding healthcare solutions. Please share your own story as an email or a comment at the end.

My path into Technology

  • As an avid Boy Scout, I planned to become a forester or geologist, but then I took a high school course in Data Processing using punched card machines.
  • I studied data processing in a junior college and then transferred to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) when it was one of just three universities with a Computer Science program, including MIT & CIT.
  • It was expensive, and tuition increased beyond what mom & dad could pay, so after two years I was forced to come back to Virginia and my old community college where I worked full time to pay my own way while also carrying a full course load.
  • I started working for IBM in Washington, D.C. in 1969 as a punch card operator and then as a computer operator on an IBM 360/30 while also taking courses and planning to return to FIT and pay my way there too.
  • But I lost my student deferment and was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. By then the Army was desperate and also drafted young married men with kids.
  • I didn’t have to fight in Vietnam and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, thanks mostly to my IBM experience. The company also supplemented my Army pay and sent me my hometown paper and care packages during my service. And they guaranteed me a job when I returned.
  • I was a computer operator in the Army, then a programmer, and finally computer operations supervisor. Ft. Hood hosts an armored division (tanks), and the soldiers were always going on maneuvers in the hot and dusty climate with just a few hours notice, but I worked in air conditioned vans that housed the different computer components.
  • I advanced to Specialist 5 in just a year, which was unheard of for someone without combat experience, and I got out early when the war ended and the Army had too many people.
  • I returned to IBM as a computer operator on a System 370/158 and returned to my old junior college, where I pulled together the right courses to earn three Associates degrees in just one semester.
  • When I started at American University, I was forced to take all graduate courses to earn a Bachelor’s degree. I had way more college credits than a Bachelor’s degree required, but the school wanted the revenue.
  • I took a full-time graduate course load while working at IBM and advancing to programmer and then systems programmer. Then I got an opportunity to become an IBM Systems Engineer (SE). I considered location options and accepted a job in San Antonio, where I met and married Yvonne.

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