Inaugural Global Health Track at 2012 mHealth Summit Attracts Health Leaders from 50 Countries

 Inaugural Global Health Track at 2012 mHealth Summit Attracts Health Leaders
                              from 50 Countries

Experts in policy, research, advocacy and technology to discuss how mobile
technologies are transforming healthcare delivery worldwide

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 27, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The mHealth Summit announced
today that 4,000 representatives from50 countries are expected to attend the
fourth annual event which, for the first time, will include a dedicated global
health component focused on major developments for improving health systems in
low- and middle-income countries through the best use of mobile

In addition to Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General,
who is opening Day 3 of the summit, keynotes will be delivered by Dr. Francis
S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; Mark T. Bertolini,
Chairman and CEO of Aetna; Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA), Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator
for Global Health at USAID as well as Jeff Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at
Columbia University. The summit will also feature senior representatives from
the Harvard School of Public Health, Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF and who will
focus on ways mobile technologies can positively affect the health of millions
worldwide, especially women, children and the underserved.

"This year's inaugural global health track will showcase real-life examples of
successes and challenges with mHealth around the world and how it is helping
improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries," said Patricia
Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, a founding partner of the
mHealth Summit.

The 2012 mHealth Summit, taking placeDecember 3-5, at the Gaylord National
Resort and Convention Center just outside of Washington, D.C., has also
attracted 35 leading organizations as strategic affiliates. This year's
affiliates include several focused on global health issues including Ashoka,
CDC Foundation, GBCHealth, GSMA, Pan American Health Organization, Rockefeller
Foundation, UN Foundation and USAID. As part of the strategic affiliate
program, many are hosting dedicated sessions with content and the speaker
lineup developed by each organization. There will also be more than 300

Featured speakers and panelists focused on global health include:

  oSusannah Allison – Program Officer, National Institute of Mental Health
  oChristina Cianflone – Administrative Director, Duke Cancer Institute
  oHaitham El-noush – Manager, Norwegian Development Agency (Norad)
  oKirsten Gagnaire – Global Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action
  oKatherine Kim – Professor in Residence, San Francisco State University
  oErica Kochi – Co-Lead, UNICEF
  oEsther Ogara, Head of eHealth, Government of Kenya
  oSeneca Perri – Research Coordinator, Harvard School of Public Health

"There are no geographic boundaries when it comes to the reach and potential
impact of mobile health," commented Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth
Summit and Vice President of Events at HIMSS Media. "Through our dedicated
focus, affiliate program and key partnerships, we have been able to build the
mHealth Summit making the global convener for this growing ecosystem,"
concluded Scarfo.

The global health track, spanning over the 3-day event, will bring together
key mHealth leaders and stakeholders to exchange ideas, share innovative
solutions, and discuss strategies for success. Development of the global
health track was led by the mHealth Alliance, which is hosted by the United
Nations Foundation. The Alliance, a key organizing partner of the summit
since 2009, worked closely with representatives from 16 organizations from the
mHealth and global health ecosystem to shape the agenda and identify

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About the mHealth Summit
The mHealth Summit is presented by the HIMSS Media, in partnership with the
National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the
NIH. It is the leading conference, expo and networking event advancing
cross-sector collaboration in the best use of wireless technology to improve
health outcomes. The 2012 mHealth Summit, to be held December 3-5 at the
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, will connect leaders in
government, private sector/industry, academia, foundations 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

For additional information on the 2012 mHealth Summit's organizing partners,
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