The Mobile Minute: Mobile Payments, The Future of mHealth, and Mobile Data Collection

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 11, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute brings you coverage about contactless mobile payments in the U.S., a report on trends in technology and health, research that covers how mobiles can help economic development in Africa and the challenges that are hindering that development, a data gathering platform from Nokia that is now open-source, and the announcement of the mHealth Summit's keynote speaker.

  • PSFK's "Future of Health Report" looks at how technology (and especially mobile technology) can be used for managing healthcare, with a focus on 15 trends that will effect the future of mHealth. 
  • Nokia's Nokia Data Gathering, which lets users create mobile-enabled surveys (that can be downloaded, filled out, and then sent back to the original source all over a mobile phone) and then analyze that data through server-side software, has gone open-source.
  • Bill Gates will be the keynote speaker at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health's mHealth Summit in May 2011. Gates, founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak about the potential of mHealth in developing countries.

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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