As if the Mobile Health 2011 conference wasn’t fantastic enough, the follow-up blog posts, tweets, and overall collective conversation has been just as fun.

For really great reviews (and I am sure there are others and there will be others), search Twitter #mh11. Some of my faves come from @textinthecityNY, @andrewpwilson, @msaxolotl, @geoffclapp, @kevinclauson, and @chiefmaven.

From my corner, I want to continue the conversation where it left off IRL, as asked by BJ: “What surprised you?” and “What would you like to see next year?” How great that he invited attendees up to the stage to share their perspectives on this. I responded to “What surprised you?” with “How wonderfully easy it was for us all to communicate with each other.”

MH11 enabled different people (researchers, patients, c-level executives, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, students, innovators) from different industries (public health, academia, government, technology, health care, social media, entertainment, advertising, insurance) to come together and communicate. Collaboration between industries is not often easy, because we have different processes, attitudes, languages, and cultures. Mobile health is a beautiful blend of industries – it is a surging new field with limitless potential that requires ongoing collaboration.

The collective participation of technologists, researchers, practitioners, patients, and so on is needed for effective health behavior change design. Not because behavior change is hard (BJ contends behavior change is not so hard when you have the right process, which is a primary focus of his Persuasive Technology Lab), but because it is dynamic and multidimensional. We are just starting to understand how to design for it well. Or are we?

  • Academia produces quality evidence but it takes too long.
  • Government produces quality evidence but suffers from a severe lack of resource.
  • Technology produces quality evidence but misses the meaningful intricacies.
  • Healthcare produces quality evidence but is stifled by restrictions.
Mobile health is ripe for a new process that will foster collaboration and produce quality evidence to satisfy all industries. In the meantime, we must be out there doing the work.
As we do the work, consider #mhealth process opportunities:
And of course Stanford Mobile Health conferences. Easily one of the best solutions for fostering collaboration and advancing the field. CEO/Founder Ramin Bastani and me at MH11

One comment

  1. Thanks, Steph. Another great summary! An additional theme I noticed, which I don't think I've seen written up (maybe that's the one I'll do 😉 ) is the need to design for and plan evaluation around "anything mobile" as opposed to thinking about the tech we have today and could be gone tomorrow.

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