Consider the mobile phone. Few technologies have been adopted more widely in the developing world. Fewer still have proven to be as adaptable to local cultural, social and technological conditions as the mobile phone.  Economies of scale and the imperatives of the marketplace continue to decrease cost and increase capability of mobile communication devices available worldwide.  Significant progress in the field of mobile health (mHealth). mHealth initiatives have been used to connect healthcare workers, record data for research, allow for real-time monitoring of vital signs and direct care provision by mobile telemedicine.  As the capability of this technology advances, so must the discussion on cost-effectiveness, confidentiality and sustainability


RMiller_headshot_Feb2013 - B&WRobin Miller is a Project Manager with Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Johannesburg, where her work focuses on ICT strategy, global health, access to finance, and institutional strategy. Robin has recently worked with Google Inc., the World Bank, the South African National ICT Investment Working Group, and a large African based international investment holding company on issues including ICT investment strategy, design and development of new mobile technology ventures, organizational reform and performance evaluation.

Particular to her work in technology and health, Robin is currently leading a study with Google to analyze the impact of the Internet on socioeconomic growth across four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal. The study aims to support policymakers to understand Internet’s current and potential role in driving industry growth and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in key industries including health, education, agriculture, finance and goverance. She is also co-leading a series of Innovation Forums with Microsoft and Nokia focused on the opportunities for ICT innovation to drive inclusive growth across the continent. In 2011, Robin led a study with the World Bank looking at the impact of mobile technologies on health systems in developing countries and an analysis of the potential for mobile technology to support frontline healthcare worker training.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Robin co-founded the Praekelt Foundation, a technology incubator that develops scalable mobile solutions that drive social and economic growth in emerging markets. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in Africa and worked with leading network operators and development partners including MTN, USAID, Vodacom, Wikipedia and the Omidyar Network.

Robin has worked extensively across Africa as well as Asia, Europe and North America. She holds an Honors degree in Economics and Business Management from Boston College.


marc hsphDr. Marc Mitchell, Founder and President of D-International, is a pediatrician and management specialist who has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on the design and delivery of health care services. He is a Lecturer on Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches courses on mHealth, health management, and evaluation.

Dr. Mitchell began his international career as a pediatrician at a hospital in rural Tanzania. Since then, he has worked at every level of the health system including including Assistant Secretary of Health in Papua New Guinea, and Advisor to the National Family Planning Program of Indonesia (BKKBN) and as a consultant to many international organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, and DFID.

Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the use of mobile technology to increase access to high quality health care for the world’s poor. In 2004 this led to the founding of D-tree International whose mission is to support the use of electronic protocols that enable health care workers worldwide to deliver high quality care. Dr. Mitchell holds degrees from Harvard University (BA, 1970), Boston University (MD, 1974), and MIT’s Sloan School of Management (MS, 1985).


payneJonathan Payne, MS (Moderator), is an engineer turned public health practitioner applying information and communication technologies to health delivery challenges in the developing world. He has worked and traveled in over 30 countries, focusing on the use of mobile phones to improve maternal-child health care in India, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana. Jonathan is working with the mHealth Alliance to launch the global mHealth Standards & Interoperability Working Group to improve alignment and adoption of standards that support the scale of mHealth systems. He is also the Director of the Maternal Concept Lab and mHealth Informatics Specialist for Partners In Health. Jonathan received his MS at the Harvard School of Public Health and BE from Vanderbilt University.