Mobile Technology, Pharma & the Future of Healthcare The Mobile Health Competence Centre Hosts Online Discussions
Mobile Technology, Pharma & the Future of HealthcarePharmaguy interviews Juan Cornet, Director, mHealth Competence Center (see Bio), who summarizes the key takeaways from an hour-long #mHealthPharma TweetChat on how pharma can develop high quality mobile health apps. Juan also talks more generally about the impact of mobile technology on healthcare and what his organization is doing to promote quality mHealth programs.

Air date: 24 October 2014

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On October 9, 2014, the mHealth Competence Centre in Barcelona, Spain, hosted an hour-long #mHealthPharma TweetChat on how pharma can develop high quality mobile health apps. This is a followup to the debate moderated by PharmaGuy in the LinkedIn Mobile Health Group (“What stands in the way of pharma developing high quality mobile health apps?“), which was also sponsored by the mHealth Competence Centre.

Can Pharma Develop Mobile Apps Likely to be Useful in Engaging Patients?
Questions/Topics of Discussion

  • Tell us about the mHealth Competence Center and its mission.
  • What did you learn from the LinkedIn debate and #mHealthPharma TweetChat? Do you plan more such discussions?
  • What other activities is he mHealth Competence Center involved in now or planned for the future?
  • What’s your view on how mHealth can improve health inequalities that exist today? What role do you see for pharmaceutical companies?

Guest Bio

Joan CornetJuan Cornet is a Technical Engineer and graduate in Psychology. After working as a Clinical Psychologist in a General Hospital in 1979, he was elected mayor of Manresa. In 1988 he began to work as civil servant in the European Commission in Brussels and later he was appointed Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament in 1994. In June of 2004 he was named General Secretary of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia.

In September 2005, the Government entrusted Juan to start up the “Bioregion of Catalonia” (Biotechnology) and since January 2007 to May 2013 he has been the CEO of TicSalut Foundation (ICT Health). While remaining a board member of the TicSalut Foundation related to international affairs and mHealth Strategies, Juan currently is the Director of the “mHealth Competence Center” at Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

Juan is also a Professor/ consultor of the UOC (Catalonia Open University) and IL3 (International Long-Learning University of Barcelona).