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The mHealth Vantage Point: Dr. Jordan Shlain Talks Healthcare Innovation

You’ve probably heart of HealthLoop, a service that helps patients stay on track, eliminating repetitive education and improving adherence. Physicians rave about the service, and it was also recently integrated into Apple’s Health app (patients can now share their medical and activity data with their doctors from their iphones).

Dr. Jordan Shlain is the founder of HealthLoop, and he’ll be speaking at the 2014 mHealth Summit along with Jen Hyatt and a number of other mHealth innovators. Shlain has a reputation for championing disruptive innovation and the elimination of “American sick care,” so we caught up with him this week to ask about the current mHealth landscape. Are we there yet?

You were at the forefront of the mHealth movement when you founded HealthLoop. What did the landscape look like then compared to now? 

It was pretty barren then. Now people are building pieces to the system. I’d say that we do need to zoom out and understand where all of those pieces fit in… especially in the context of who the customer is and how much they’re paying.

What’s the biggest promise that mHealth offers physicians and patients?

The biggest promise is in the people involved in this movement. The biggest challenge is in getting big systems to get off their asses and be leaders.

In that context, talk to us about your presentation at the mHealth Summit. What key points are you going to touch on?

I would like to touch on how we can think about what the future of the healthcare system looks like, and how we can begin to put the pieces together to create a true healthcare operating system. It’s so balkanized currently – patients are undervalued, yet they ARE the healthcare system.

Why should people attend the mHealth conference?

It’s the interface between the broken system and the promise of the future. Every level of healthcare participant will be there. We are at a tipping point and mHealth is the vantage point.

To hear Dr. Jordan Shlain talk more about the promise of digital technology within the healthcare landscape, register for the 2014 mHealth Summit, December 7-11, 2014 in Washington D.C. We’ll see you there!

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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