Mobile Health (mHealth)

This section will be facilitated by Malcolm Lewis

General highlights (provided on demand of participants):

The list of all the recorded MobiMOOC webinars can be found here

There will be a live twitter chat (see details below) organized by Malcolm Lewis.
And a presentation on mHealth projects by Inge Ignatia de Waard on Thursday 27 September at 1.00 PM (Brussels time, look here to find YOUR corresponding timezones)
During this presentation Inge will focus on a variety of mHealth projects from the Institute of Tropical Medicine that were or are deployed in: Peru, Congo, Philippines, Cambodia, Benin and South Africa. Different goals will be discussed, with different implementations and dissemination's.
The class can be entered here:

Webinar on mhealth cases and examples by David Metcalf is scheduled for Friday 28 September 2012 at 9.00 PM Brussels time, for timings in YOUR location please look here:
The webinar URL can be found here:
David Metcalf is co-editor of the mHealth book: "mHealth: From Smartphones to Smart Systems" together with Rick Krohn. A pdf in the form of a presentation of the book can be found here. David (@dmetcalf) has years of experience in pioneering mobile learning projects.

Group on mHealth (Malcolm Lewis and David Metcalf):

Information on this topic:

Malcolm has a diverse background across a range of social movements and social services. In the mid-1980s, he was involved in the early days of the internet working to bring the wonders of email to the NGO sector in Australia. For the past 16 years, he has been working in the field of health promotion.

He is keenly interested in the potential of new technologies and practices to drive learning, reflective practice in health and human services and to support the evolution of more responsive service configurations. He facilitates a regular twitter hashtag trying to 'nut-out' the way forward with these types of new ideas. #HCSMANZ (Health Care Social Media Australia and New Zealand)

On a Personal Note
Malcolm lives and work in Toowoomba Queensland Australia, a large inland regional city. I am the father of two delightful kids and a husband to my wonderful wife. I like to go camping and my hobby is aviation history. As far as mobile devices go, I currently use a HTC Android phone and share an Ipad with my children.
The opinions expressed here and in other parts of this MOOC represent my own attempts at creative problem solving as I try to work out what all these new potential tools may amount to in health and human services. These are my personal opinions and do not represent the opinions of any other person or organization.

Malcolm Lewis Contacts:
Skype: malcolm.lewis2008
My quite active twitter account: @Lewismal575757
My much neglected blog:

What I'm planning for MobiMooc2012 Week 3
I plan to stimulate your thinking and to get you questioning how new technologies, ideas and methods can be applied in your work.

I don't believe there at this stage there any experts on mHealth. I'm certainly not one. MHealth is new and emergent. So I'm not going to be presenting myself as an expert on this topic.
At best, I'll come across as someone who connects some interesting ideas and asks some engaging questions. I hope I can model to you my own connectivist learning process.

Inge (Ignatia) de Waard is intending to contribute a webinar during the week.

I would also like to do a live twitter chat around the #mobimooc hashtag. The details of this interactive event are below.

What is mHealth 2012 Youtube

Two dozen attendees to the mHealth Summit in Washington 2012 give us their personal definitions for mobile health, mHealth or wireless health. Content from Ethan Goldwater's website is

Focus Question: What is the scope of MHealth to you in 2012? How is it changing?
You may wish to discuss this in the mobimooc discussion forums or on your blog. You could even leave put a copy of your comment on the original Youtube page

Short Video Presentation 1

Malcolm Lewis: Health Problems as Wicked Problems: How mobile tools might help

Health Problems as Wicked Problems How mobile tools might help from Malcolm Lewis on Vimeo.

Slides Only

Short Video Presentation 2

Malcolm Lewis: Mobile Devices and Developmental Early Intervention

mHealth and developmental early intervention Mobimooc from Malcolm Lewis on Vimeo.

Slides only:

Short Video Presentation 3

Malcolm Lewis: Health inequality: Is there an app for that?

Health inequality Is there an app for that SDOH MobiMOOC from Malcolm Lewis on Vimeo.

Slides Only

Interactive Synchronous Session

For an interactive event, I have decided not to run a webinar during Mobimooc. Instead, I will organise a #mobimooc twitter chat on the theme of #mHealth. Twitterchats are an interactive and highly participatory 2012 way to learn. they are also a great way to find people with interesting ideas that you can follow in an ongoing way.

The chat will be facilaitated by @lewismal575757 (Malcolm Lewis) who is leading the MHealth theme in Mobimooc 2012.

What to expect in twitter chat:

Twitterchat are dynamic and intereactive and can be confusing at first in the same way learning to drive a car, can be confusing. There can be a lot going on in Twitterchat.

The trick in a busy twitterchat if you feel overwhelmed is to follow only a few discussion threads and to review the transcript after it chat finishes.

The chat will start at 13:00 on 26 Sept 2012 Brussels time (Click here for your local time ) The chat is planned to last for an hour.

To join the twitter chat you will need a twitter account . For details on how to make one, watch this video. The video has been made by a youngster. It is easy..Think of twitter name (no spaces) and a strong password)

It is suggested you use the platform to participate in the chat.
Use this link

Twitter chats are organised around searches for tweets with particular hashtag occurring at a particular time. In this care our hashtag will be #mobimooc.

Here are some tips on participating in a tweetchat made up for #prevchat

Optional Preparation

To the the most out of this tweetchat watch the video Is have prepared on the Mobimooc

What to expect

I plan to structure the twitter chat around the following format, questions and timeline.
  • Start with introductions and networking for 10 minutes.
  • Question 1: About 10 mins What are the features of mobile phones that can be used to improve #mhealth outcomes?
  • Question 2: What can be done so #mhealth decreases health inequalities between rich and poor? About 10 mins
  • Question 3: What strategies do you think are promising ways forward in #Mhealth? About 10 mins
  • Question 4: Could #mhealth apps focus on individualistic health behaviors and reduce health inequality? About 10 mins
  • Final comments for the final 10 mins.