Bright Simons of mPedigree named a top 11 Global Innovator by mHealth Alliance
The mHealth Alliance, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, has announced the winners of the Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge, a first-of-its-kind challenge which recognizes pioneering mobile health (mHealth) professionals who have used mobile technology in innovative ways to improve health systems and outcomes in even the most remote areas of the world. The winners were announced at a reception held in advance of the mHealth Summit being held this week in the Washington DC.
The Top 11 in 2011 Innovators were selected through a process that included public nominations and voting on the mHealth Alliance's HealthUnbound.org, as well as juried selection committee voting. Nominations came from more than 30 countries around the world, highlighting mobile technology's ability to deliver health information and services on a global scale. Bright Simons from Ghana who invented mPedigree, the free text-messaging application for fighting counterfeit medicines, and launched mPedigree Network (www.mPedigree.Net) in Africa and South Asia was named a winner by the mHealth Alliance.
“The growing field of mHealth is driven by innovation,” said Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “From fighting counterfeit medications to enabling doctors to communicate for free, the contributions of these top innovators are advancing the field, expanding delivery of important health services, and saving lives.”
“As the mHealth community gathers for the annual mHealth Summit, we are excited to recognize these innovators, many of whom are working in low resource environments on behalf of poor and vulnerable populations,” said Karl Brown, Associate Director of applied technology at the Rockefeller Foundation. “We hope that the contributions of the Top 11 in 2011 will inspire many others to continue advancing the capabilities of mobile technologies to deliver positive health outcomes.”
Winners were brought to the 2011 mHealth Summit to share their work with leading experts in the mHealth field. The mHealth Summit is hosted this week by the Foundation for National Institutes of Health, HIMSS, the mHealth Alliance, and the National Institutes of Health. At the summit, these innovators will be part of the premier international forum for dialogue, world-class thought leadership, visionary keynotes, and action-provoking panel discussions on mHealth.
The mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Working with diverse partners to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned. The mHealth Alliance advocates for more and better quality research and evaluation to advance the evidence base; seeks to build capacity among health and industry decision-makers, managers, and practitioners; promotes sustainable business models; and supports systems integration by advocating for standardization and interoperability of mHealth platforms. The mHealth Alliance also hosts HealthUnbound.org (HUB), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and UN Foundation, the Alliance now also includes PEPFAR, HP, the GSM Association, and NORAD among its founding partners.