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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, Telehealth, and Modern Health. And the devices that serve these market segments overlap too, so I must discuss them collectively.
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.
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 the rest of this entry »
eHealth 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 ApexRx.com 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?
As a retired 30-year IBMer, I dedicate this article to IBM’s 100th anniversary as a way to reflect on past innovations and to envision, and hopefully inspire, new innovations in important areas such as health care. In this video (also on YouTube) 100 people present IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, giving you a whirlwind history of IBM technology evolution and insight into the future.
The purpose of this site is to create an online community that connects people with the assistive technologies and services that enable home healthcare and aging in place, with the aim of improving their quality of life and lowering their healthcare costs.
A passion of mine is “Universal Design,” so products can serve both special needs and mainstream needs. Another passion is “Universal Adoption of BIG Broadband,” and a related vision is “Consumers with Easy access to services and service providers with Equal access to consumers.”
As a technologist, futurist and marketer with IBM, Dell, Siemens and my own consulting firm, I know the positive effect digital technologies can have on society and the challenges of adopting them. I started my 40 year career as an IBM punch card and computer operations before moving through applications and systems programming and systems engineering. When I helped launch the IBM PC, my focus shifted from enterprise technology solutions to consumer marketing, planning and strategy.
I introduced IBM to the emerging Digital Home market in the early 1990’s, promoted a unified Home Systems strategy, influenced OS/2® & HomeDirector™ product development, helped pioneer the Residential Gateway concept and RG standards, and served as the Marketing Chairman of a home networking standards initiative that converged wireless voice, data and entertainment networks.
After retiring from IBM, I founded CAZITech Consulting, co-founded Homeowners of Texas, a nonprofit consumer advocacy, and most recently founded HabiTalk. My full BIO is at http://waynecaswell.com/bio2.htm.
We’ll soon post this to the About page and invite you to comment on our mission and vision. As a test, this text is cut and pasted from Microsoft Word to see how WordPress handles the formatting.