HP's $1 million donation to the mHealth Alliance will fund research on mobile monitoring of pregnant women and newborns.
will donate $1 million to the mHealth Alliance's efforts to promote health
through wireless and mobile devices.
Alliance made the announcement on
Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C., at its mHealth Summit, a conference it organized
along with the National Institutes of Health and the nonprofit fund-raising and
research group, the Foundation for the National Institutes of
mHealth alliance was formed by The U.N. Foundation, Vodafone Foundation and
Rockefeller Foundation on Feb. 17,
2009, at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,
Spain. Mobile technology
can help increase the timeliness of care, according to the Alliance.
out over two years, HP's aggregate donation will boost mobile health care
efforts around the world, the Alliance reports.
groundbreaking commitment demonstrates the rising importance of mobile
technology in improving health, and the leadership of the information and
communication technology industries to improve lives around the globe,"
David Aylward, executive director of the Alliance,
said in a statement. "HP's financial, technical and project support to
mHealth Alliance initiatives
significantly expands our ability to catalyze the partnerships, solutions and
sustainable deployments of mobile technology that can enable healthier lives
for all, especially in the developing world."
donation will fund the Alliance's
HUB (Health UnBound) online community, which helps bring about collaboration on
mobile health technology worldwide.
Co-sponsored by HMN (Health Metrics
Network) along with the Alliance, HUB is an online community that facilitates
communication about how to implement mobile technology in low- and
middle-income countries. The site offers educational health content and enables
communication among health professionals, government officials, donors and NGOs
(nongovernmental organizations associated with the United Nations).
The funds will also boost the efforts of the Alliance's
MNM (Maternal and Newborn mHealth) Initiative.
Established in June, the MNM Initiative will develop mobile technology
according to the MDG 5 IWG (Innovation
Working Group) standard to improve the care of pregnant women and newborns and
reduce their mortality rates.
MNM Initiative will offer online consultations, health care product prototypes and
new health care monitoring techniques.
phones are now in the hands of midwives in rural or isolated areas and can be
used for remote monitoring of fetuses and wireless ultrasound.
feel a strong obligation to global health from both a business and social
impact perspective and are committed to helping to improve lives and change the
health care equation for people around the world," Gabi Zedlmayer, HP's
vice president of global social innovation, said in a statement.
Microsoft has also donated funds, as well as hardware and software, toward
fetal-monitoring smartphone apps.
recently rolled out version 2.5 of its mobile app
that allows iPhone, iPad
and iPod Touch users to contribute to organizations such as the American Cancer
Society and UNICEF.
In another development at the mHealth Summit,
Todd Park, chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, announced that the government will create a health taskforce called
Text4Health modeled after Text4Baby, an SMS service that sends free health tips
to new and expectant mothers.
Text4Health will use SMS technology to help deal with smoking cessation,
obesity and childhood health issues, Mobihealthnews.com