eHealth goes head-to-head

Posted on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 – 06:47 am at

One of the questions about the appropriateness of iPhones in the healthcare space—the role of Flash—the Adobe presentation technology, was answered recently. Steve Jobs commented that Apple’s trajectory was toward HTML5.

More recently, Adobe (and Else, NEC and Panasonic) joined the LiMo Foundation, a Linux computer operating system on cellphones and wireless devices group.

Mixed source (the coupling of proprietary and open source in products and solutions) and participatory culture are growing (but often disregarded) economic forces. They will find a role in consumer-directed healthcare, especially as social media and networking is adopted as a vendor feedback mechanism and as the (sometimes disgruntled) patient organizing medium.

Open Mobility 2010, an evolution from the Open Source in Mobile (OSiM) USA event, focuses on the open mobile ecosystem. Established companies such as AT&T, Gracenote, MTV, Nokia, Palm, Pandora, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Warner Bros as well as the founders of Cooliris, Digg, Mozes, Planet 9 Studios, Qik, Sokule, Yelp, Zynga, and some other Silicon Valley startups will gather March 9-10, 2010 at the Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Giving place to social discourse, the event will not be a traditional presentation led show (no sales pitches and no generic corporate slides allowed), but rather a forum of "hard-hitting Q&As, in-depth brainstorms and unpanels."

Headliners will question each other in an intense, head to head corporate interviews, and briefings will be delivered by analysts and consultants. It will be interesting to see which healthcare-related conferences adopt this approach to further the growth of eHealth and wireless healthcare.