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07/2000 to 06/2007

I worked for Motorola in Florida. None of these materials contains any Motorola confidential or proprietary information.

Seamless Health Center of Excellence

In October 2005 I created the Seamless Health Center of Excellence at Motorola's Plantation, FL facility. The Center focuses on developing solutions in the health space that leverage Information and Communication Technologies (“ICTs”) as a tool to enhance the population's health. This ties with my personal commitment to leverage ICTs to improve people's health: health leads to wealth.

"Seamless Health" is defined as a person-centric framework of products and services (based on open standards) that bring health services to people, when needed, in a personal manner, seamlessly and unobtrusively: "Wherever you go, health services follow." Seamless Health services are envisioned to:

  • go with the consumer, physically (a consumer's health data is his)
  • go with the consumer, across providers
  • go with the consumer, across employers / payers
  • go with the consumer, across time and distance
  • emphasize prevention
  • focus on the family as the unit of care

In other words: "Wherever I Go, My Health Services Are There."

The projects currently under the Seamless Health Center of Excellence are:

Personalized Health Informatics ("PHI")

This is a proposed family of IEEE standards (IEEE2407) that will facilitate the development and usage of a comprehensive set of Internet-based tools that place the individual (and his/her dependents) at the center of an encompassing architecture of services that promote and enhance health. IEEE2407 is geared towards optimizing an individual's health, mostly outside of the scope of a healthcare provider. This standard is not about personal health records (that is being address already by many other organizations). This proposal is to create a "family health dashboard" where all relevant information (nutrition, environmental issues, published research, etc.) are brought together in an easy-to-use tool to enhance a family's health. Please visit IEEE2407's website.

Continuity of Care Record ("CCR")

Developing the client and server components to allow Motorola mobile phones to securely download, store, display, and transmit a subset of an individual’s Personal Health Record by implementing an existing industry standard, the ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standard.

Health Relationship Management ("HRM")

Developing a commercial-grade, family-centered, portable, personalized, prevention-oriented Seamless Health platform of services to maintain, enhance, and restore an individual’s health. Leveraging the growing power and sophistication of mobile computing and communication devices and the expanding capabilities of wireless networks.

Global Schools of Health ("GSH")

This project fulfills a human and social need on a global scale: to distribute health information to people with cell phones and keep them updated and alerted to issues that could impact their health. Such as: emergency warnings; nutrition information; sanitation; Public Health interventions; etc.


I created and led this project from 2001 until July 2005. This is an end-to-end mobile tele-health system.

The project received some media coverage:

I have published several papers on the topic of mobile tele-health:

  • HealthCom 2003 (180K PDF icon)
    Abstract: The growing power and sophistication of cellular phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) make those devices increasingly feasible platforms for mobile tele-health applications, including telemedicine. These mobile telemedicine solutions can offer remote monitoring services to patients on the go, increasing their independence with potentially better outcomes. A proposal for a cellphone-based mobile telemedicine system is outlined herein, as well as specific recommendations to accelerate the wide deployment of mobile telemedicine solutions.
  • IEEE EMBS Cancun 2003 (180K PDF icon)
    Abstract: The next generation of “wireless e-health technologies” is a new and evolving topic in the areas of telemedical and telecare systems. These technologies involve the exploitation of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies to provide better access to healthcare personnel on the move, by removing the key disadvantage of trailing wires in current systems. These technologies provide equal access to medical information and expert care by overcoming the boundaries of separation that exist today between different users of such medical information. A great benefit to all users will be a more efficient use of resources and far greater location independence. In this paper we will address some notes and future trends in these emerging areas and their applications for m-health systems. We will also discuss current as well as future strategies for implementing these system within important healthcare sectors as well as critical medical environments.
  • IEEE EMBS San Francisco 2004 (123K PDF icon)
    Abstract: Significant changes in the distribution of healthcare costs (away from critical care and towards chronic diseases) pose major challenges to existing healthcare systems. Caring for a patient with a chronic disease lasts as long as a person is alive, and medical expenses accumulate unrelentingly. Therefore, new approaches to disease management of chronic diseases are urgently needed, especially in terms of increasing the (currently low) rate of adherence to the patient’s prescribed treatment plan. A proposal is advanced to use Mobile Tele-Health systems to enhance the effectiveness of Disease Management programs. A framework to measure the ROI (Return On Investment) of these systems is also proposed.

Under my leadership, MOTOHEALTH launched the first clinical trials ever in Motorola's history.

  • Trial 01: Partners HealthCare / Harvard Medical School.
    Developed relationship with one of the largest integrated healthcare systems in the nation, and with the premier medical school in the US. Secured their support to conduct a trial of the MOTOHEALTH platform. The Principal Investigator for the MOTOHEALTH trial, Dr. Joe Kvedar, is Corporate Director, Telemedicine, at Partners Healthcare and Vice Chair, Dermatology, at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kvedar was also at the time the President of the American Telemedicine Association. This was the first clinical trial ever conducted by Motorola.
    News Release on Boston, MA USA trial (25K PDF icon)
  • Trial 02: Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and amena.
    Developed relationship with top medical research institution in Barcelona, Spain; with the leading Telecommunication Engineering College in Spain; and with a 3G operator. Successfully negotiated the launch of a trial in Barcelona, Spain with the financial and technical support of amena, an existing Motorola customer. Leveraged relationships in Motorola Spain to provide local support for trial.
    News Release on Barcelona, Spain trial (121K PDF icon)
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