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
The project received some media coverage:
I have published several papers on the topic of mobile tele-health:
- HealthCom 2003 (180K )
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 )
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 )
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 )
- 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 )