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Taking Over the Reins at mHealthIntelligence.com

You might have noticed a new name on this site. That would be me. And I've got some big plans.

By Eric Wicklund

- Greetings! Welcome to the new mHealthIntelligence.com.

Actually, you won’t see any significant changes save for one – me. My name is Eric Wicklund, and I’ve become the new editor for this site (you’ll find my predecessor, the very capable Vera Greussner, on a sister site, HealthPayerIntelligence.com). I’ve joined Xtelligent Media after an eight-year run with MedTech Media and HIMSS Media, where I started as managing editor of Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News and most recently oversaw mHealth News.

My roots in mHealth, telehealth and telemedicine are deep. I’ve seen this industry come a long way over the past several years, from a fledgling idea sitting on the doorstep of only the most adventurous health systems to a thriving ecosystem that should be on every doctor’s and hospital’s to-do list. That it hasn’t become commonplace speaks not only to the as-yet-untapped potential but also to the barriers faced today and the challenges still on the horizon.

It’s my desire to tackle those challenges and barriers on mHealthIntelligence.com, and to highlight the successes we’re seeing out there, from the solo doctor running a telehealth practice to the multi-state health system reaching out to a variety of populations with mHealth tools and services. I want to write about the programs that are working, and why they’re working, and also look at projects that have failed or are in danger of failing, to see if we can learn from the mistakes being made.

It’s a tall order, in a field that’s constantly shifting. Some have said that the ‘mHealth’ name is past its prime, replaced by terms like eHealth and digital health and connected care. I’m more inclined to believe the concept is being redefined, and that “mobility” lies at the heart of the whole health ecosystem. We’re not just talking about new tools, toys and technology any more, but about the ability to push health management out to where it’s needed, when it’s needed and by whom it’s needed. Those are concepts yet to be fully embraced by a healthcare industry that favors sick care over value-based care, but we are headed in the right direction.

So while I’m inviting all of you to take this journey with me, I’m also looking for help – different voices, ready to tell their stories, whether they agree with me or not. This site will rise or fall based on the value of its content to my audience, and that value is enhanced by experience. If you have a story, an opinion, a compliment or a complaint, I want to hear it. Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected], send me a LinkedIn message or a tweet at @Eriwick (I’m still working on the phone number).

And stay tuned. I guarantee it’ll be entertaining.

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