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mHealth Alliance and Pfizer Call for Collective Action on Mobile Health for Healthy Aging
Date:10/1/2013

g to action those who can play a role in mobilizing health systems to adopt mHealth projects for healthy aging.

“The universal use of mobile devices is one of the greatest social changes of our lifetimes,” said Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer. “Within the next year, the number of mobile phones in use will reach 7.3 billion – more than the number of people on our planet – with the fastest growth coming in low-to-middle-income regions. At the same time, we’re confronting the daunting challenges of meeting the needs of an expanding elderly population. With these two trends converging, we have tremendous opportunities to tap mobile technology to help us all get old better. New mobile solutions can help prevent and manage disease, keep older people socially connected, train health workers, support caregivers, and enable remote monitoring to help more people age in place – to name just a few of the possibilities.”

“Mobile technology holds enormous potential for people at all life stages and particularly as they age,” said Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance. “But reaching this potential will require coordinated participatory action by a variety of stakeholders, with a focus on understanding the aspirations of men and women as they age, greater financial investment, capacity building, innovation, as well as appropriate use of existing technologies. We are grateful to Pfizer for partnering with us to highlight the possibilities offered by mHealth and call to action all those who can contribute to making it an integral part of the way we confront aging in the coming years. Everyone is aging, so it behooves us to make use of all tools available – including mobile – to approach it in a dignified, positive and proactive manner.”

The first paper, “Transferring the Burden of Caregivers to Mobile Technologies”, is now available via the mHealth Alliance website:

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