With the mobile health ecosystem changing so rapidly, how can we best harness energy to create apps that will improve health outcomes for our patients? How can we make sense of the copious amounts of data from the use of health apps?

This Wednesday, find out as we discuss some of these issues with Michael Varallo, community manager of Open mHealth, in a special tweet chat.

Open mHealth is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that calls for an open architecture model for mHealth. They aim to work together with developers, health providers, and other players in the mHealth sphere to create shared software that they argue will remove barriers to innovation and lead to development of more effective health apps. They have also devised modules for data analysis and standardized clinical measures to provide a stronger evidence base for mHealth.

Open mHealth published an article earlier this year in the Journal of Medical Internet Research describing their initiative.

If you’d like to learn more about Open mHealth, we also wrote a recent article about the initiative and conducted a separate interview with Dr. Ida Sim, one of the co-founders of Open mHealth.

We hope you will bring some of your questions and ideas to the table this Wednesday, November 7, at 9pm ET. See you on Twitter!

What’s a Tweet Chat?

If you haven’t participated in a Tweet Chat before, it is a way to have a discussion with people in real time via Twitter.

A moderator, in this case one of the iMedicalApps staff, will lead the chat and pose topics or questions to the participants. Participants will then tweet in response to the topics using a designated hashtag in all their tweets during the chat. We will use the hashtag #mHealth. The rules of the Tweet Chat are flexible.

Though we have a set start time, you may come and go as you please. You may even “lurk”–though we’d love to hear your thoughts! You can expect the chat to last anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.

Of course, you are encouraged to continue the conversation with others even after the chat is officially over.

How can I participate in the Tweet Chat?

  1. If you don’t have a Twitter handle already, sign up here.
  2. Follow @iMedicalApps.
  3. Every Wednesday, at 9pm/8pm central, go to TweetChat.com. Log in with your Twitter handle and enter the hashtag #mHealth in the field marked “Enter hashtag to follow.” The stream of tweets from people talking about #mHealth will appear below.
  4. Enjoy a stimulating conversation about mobile health in medical practice! See you on November 7th!