The mHealth Alliance, known for putting together the annual mHealth Summit, is opening membership to anyone actively engaged in, or interested in, mobile health. Their goal is to bring together people from all sectors to create a community of people to advance mHealth around the world.
There is no fee for membership, but there is an application which are currently being accepted at mHealthAlliance.org/membership. The application includes conveying your interest in mHealth as well as agreeing to a set of basic principles that govern the Alliance’s collaborations in the field.
“We know the mHealth field spreads across multiple sectors and cross-cutting areas,” said Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “We want to engage these stakeholders to accelerate mutual learning, networking, and collaboration. By mobilizing organizations with a common interest in and vision for mHealth, we believe we will accelerate the advancement of mobile technologies in a way that improves health outcomes and systems – especially in remote areas where health information and access is severely limited.”
Social media is ruling so many areas of commerce and industry, and this is really another attempt to take advantage of that trend. The upside of groups like this is you don’t have to wade through the mountains of useless information on sites like Facebook to find something of quality.
Creating focused communities like this are a move in the right direction in terms of using social media. Getting everyone together, on the same page, will do wonders for advancing the future of mHealth.