White House CTO among speakers at 2010 mHealth Summitt


Aneesh Chopra, the nation?s first Chief Technology Officer, will deliver a keynote address at the 2010 mHealth Summit on Tuesday, November 9, according to summit organizers.

Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, will deliver a keynote address at the 2010 mHealth Summit on Tuesday, November 9, according to summit organizers. Chopra is assistant to the President and associate director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The summit, organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the mHealth Alliance and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be held November 8 to 10 in Washington, DC.

“With more than 5 billion mobile subscriptions in use around the world, today cell phones are connecting people and communities in resource-poor and hard-to-reach areas. Through the use of mobile technology to improve health outcomes, we can empower patients and health workers from urban centers to rural villages,” said Rich Scarfo, director of the mHealth Summit and director of strategic alliances at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

The 2010 mHealth Summit offers a comprehensive program agenda with high-level representation from across 3 key intersections of the burgeoning mobile health industry: technology, research, and policy.

Conference sessions will explore, examine, and debate the ways mobile technology can transform healthcare delivery, research, business, and policy for the 21st century in underserved communities in the United States and abroad, including the developing world.

Chopra will join the keynote luncheon on November 9 at 1 p.m. Bill Gates is also scheduled to speak. The event has drawn an impressive lineup of speakers that includes:


  • Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Research Scientist, Harvard Institute of Global Health

  • Patricia Mechael, PhD, MHS, Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • Donna Spruijt-Metz, Associate Professor, University of California

  • Robyn Whittaker, BHB, MBChB, MPH, FAFPHM, Public Health Physician, University of Auckland, New Zealand


  • Kelly L’Engle, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist, Family Health International

  • Josh Nesbit, Executive Director, Frontline SMS: Medic

  • Carrie Varoquiers, President, McKesson Foundation

Private Sector

  • Donald Casey, CEO, West Wireless Health Institute

  • Donald Jones, VP, Business Development, Qualcomm

  • Anthony A. Lewis, Vice President, Open Development, Verizon Wireless

  • Richard Migliori, MD, EVP and Chief Medical Officer, United Health Group

  • Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Health Solutions Group


  • Charles P. Friedman, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


  • Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. The White House

  • Francis S. Collins, Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health

  • Julio Frenk, MD, PhD, Dean of Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health, Mexico

  • Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ted Turner, Chairman, United Nations Foundation
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