by Kathryn Sorte MPH and Bronwyn Spira PT
FORCE Therapeutics attended last month’s mHealth Summit in Washington DC. The Summit was a three day conference that brought together leaders from many different organizations across the mHealth sector including government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers, and not for profit organizations to work together to advance the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes both in the US and abroad. During our time at the conference we had the opportunity to share how FORCE is transforming the physical therapy delivery system through the FORCE TherEx online platform and our soon to be released mobile app. We also met many other digital health care start ups with great ideas for improving health and health care accessibility through the use of mobile devices.
There were a number of keynote speakers in attendance, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Also in attendance was Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, who shared his perspective on the future of mobile health in the health care industry. He predicted that mobile devices will play a significant role in the future of health care delivery, estimating that by 2020 160 million Americans will be treated remotely via mobile devices. This is great news for both the suppliers and creators of such technology as well as the patients and end users who will receive the benefits of mobile health.
FORCE is already engaged in the mhealth revolution with the release of our mobile app which will be available on the iTunes and Android app markets this month. The FORCE app is a consumer app that will provide individuals the ability to sort through video exercises by type and region to find an exercise for their particular rehabilitation need. The FORCE app will reach those who may not have access to physical therapy, or for those who are not currently using the FORCE TherEx on-line platform and are in need of video exercises to enhance their physical therapy experience. According to Paul Jacobs: “individuals are ready to stay healthy”, and with the introduction of our mobile app, consumers will have 24/7 access to quality of life improving video exercises.
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