I sent the following announcement to 8,100 Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on December 2, 2011.
New European Connected Health Alliance Formed & WLSA’s Presence at mHealth Summit
Dear Wireless Health group members,
I wanted to alert you to some great mHealth/connected health association news out of Europe as well as enumerate activities that the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) will feature at the mHealth Summit next week in Washington, D.C.
THE EUROPEAN CONNECTED HEALTH CAMPUS (ECHCAMPUS) AND THE EUROPEAN MHEALTH ALLIANCE (EUMHA) HAVE MERGED TO CREATE THE EUROPEAN CONNECTED HEALTH ALLIANCE (ECHALLIANCE).
With over 100 members throughout Europe, ECHAlliance will provide a solid foundation for further expansion in the rapidly growing MHealth and Connected Health markets.
Brian O’Connor, Chairman of EuMHA stated that ”The close working relationship we enjoy with the ECHCampus and indeed the similarities of our goals prompted the amalgamation discussions. This merger will create a larger, stronger single entity, capable of delivering real value to our members and stakeholders”.
Rob McCray, President & CEO at WLSA, had this to say: “I am pleased to see the merger of these organizations. Having worked with these and other EU-based associations, this step will simplify WLSA’s efforts to build international pathways to commercial success for our wireless health community.”
This sentiment was echoed by Brian O’Connor, who stated that “The ECHAlliance looks forward to continuing its collaboration with WLSA and building stronger ties between Europe and the U.S. in the Connected Health and MHealth space.”
Full press release:
WIRELESS-LIFE SCIENCES ALLIANCE (WLSA) AT MHEALTH SUMMIT – TWO SPECIAL BUSINESS TRACK SESSIONS (REVERSE CHRNOLOGICAL ORDER)
“MAKING WIRELESS HEALTH WORK FOR THE WHOLE WORLD: A FRIENDLY COMPETITION BY INNOVATORS”, 3:30–5:00 ON TUE, DEC 6 IN THE NATIONAL HARBOR CONFERENCE ROOM #3
WLSA believes that the highest purpose for the Wireless Health sector is to expand access to affordable high quality healthcare, globally, thus enhancing “Total Global Health.” This session will showcase some of the most innovative companies in the WLSA community in a “collaborative contest” to demonstrate to a panel of experts and the attendees — who can vote via SMS — how their innovation will address global healthcare needs, such as improving access to care, lowering costs, empowering individuals to manage their care, improving quality and ultimately affecting global markets. http://www.mhealthsummit.org/program_special_wlsa.php
“THE VENTURE CAPITAL PERSPECTIVE ON MHEALTH”, 2:15–3:15 ON TUE, DEC 6 IN THE NATIONAL HARBOR CONFERENCE ROOM #4
When it comes to mHealth, where are VCs investing their time and money? Four panelists from the venture world share their views on the current state of the industry, the direction seed investment is going, and what your business can do to capture the interests of investors. http://www.mhealthsummit.org/program_track_business_1.php
Note that if you’d like to connect with me at the Summit, I’ll be maintaining a center of gravity in the Qualcomm Wireless Health pavilion, where WLSA will have a booth, along with 32 wireless health exhibits and a lounge area to facilitate industry networking and meetings. http://www.mhealthsummit.org/exhibit_qualcomm.php
Also of particular interest to me is the StartUp Mobile Health Pavilion, which will showcase innovative seed and early stage startups and is a collaborative effort from Blueprint Health, Healthbox, Rock Health, and StartUp Health. http://www.mhealthsummit.org/exhibit_startup.php
Founder, 8,000+ member Wireless Health group on LinkedIn
VP, Partner Development, Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Co-chair, Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego