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Open mHealth: Making sense of mobile health data

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1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

Open mHealth is building an open source way to make sense of mobile health (mHealth) data. 

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]

By collaboratively building an open architecture, Open mHealth enables mHealth applications (that are already on the phone) to gain the insights necessary to improve health outcomes with improved data tools and techniques. Open approaches have been proven to accelerate innovation and solutions in many industries (ex. the Internet), and it can do so in mHealth as well.  

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]

Health innovators—people and organizations that enable patients and clinicians to improve health outcomes through the use of mobile technologies. 

4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.

  1. Online through our website, social media (Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter), guest blogs, and forums
  2. In-person at conferences, hack-a-thons, industry meetups, and summits 
  3. Media (print, online publications, radio)

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]

We’ve made connections with the developer community. But in order to truly break the barriers between health and tech, we need to engage the health innovator community in order to make the open architecture both technically AND clinically relevant to patients and clinicians. 

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]

We’ve already built the foundations of the open architecture and some modules for analysis and visualization: 

7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]

Success would mean more functionality built around the architecture to make it more useful to developers and health innovators. More importantly, technical success is nothing without a thriving community that not only use the open architecture and its components but also contribute back into the project (both in terms of code and clinical insights).  

8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]

Open mHealth needs $500,000 to deepen our community engagement activities (both online and offline), build more functionality and develop our sustainability model. 

Additional details: 
Please list who is on your team: Deborah Estrin, Ida Sim, David Haddad, Josh Selsky
Expected number of months to complete project: 12 months
Estimated Project Cost: 
Name: David Haddad
Twitter: @open_mhealth
Email address:
Organization [if applicable]: Open mHealth
City: San Francisco
Country: USA
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