When I want healthcare or medical answers I routinely look them up on my smartphone. I simply enter http://www.webmd.com/ or any number of other quality sites to read up on the topic. I found out recently that I am allergic to wheat. I discovered this by looking up the symptoms and reading about it on my iPhone. I then scheduled a blood test with my doctor to confirm. The powerful part of this scenario is that mobile devices and smartphones can enable anyone, any place in the world that has access to the internet, the same capabilities for accessing information. Smartphones and the internet can unlock the digitized knowledge of the world and make it accessible to even the remotest corners of the earth.
I worked on a mobility project a few years back that helped medicine be delivered to various parts of Africa. Donors wanted proof of delivery of the medicine in order to continue the program. We delivered a mobile supply chain management and "chain of custody" solution that documented the shipment and delivery of the medicine to final destination. This entire solution utilized smartphones.
There are all kinds of advances in the medical device industry that utilizes mobile solutions and M2M technologies. This week it was announced that Cinterion is planning to embed a cellular wireless chip into a heart arrhythmia monitoring device. The device can monitor patients for up to 28 days and also enables care providers to communicate with patients via the device.
Last week I published an interview with Vivint's Scott Taylor on their use of smartphones and M2M (machine to machine) technologies in the home management and security solutions industries. The capabilities Scott demonstrated on his iPhone are revolutionizing that industry as well.
It is an exciting time to be involved in enterprise mobility.
Live Webinar - Learn how Carefusion mobilized SAP CRM Field Service with Syclo, June 22, 2011
Eggs with Benedict - European Tour - Mobility Strategies and More, June 27 – July 1, 2011
ClickConnect APAC 2011, July 11 – 13, 2011
Syclo Mobile Conference 2011, July 13 – 15, 2011
Whitepapers of Note
The Business Benefits of Mobile Adoption with SAP Systems
ClickSoftware Mobility Suite and Sybase Mobility Solution
Mobile Adoption Among Gas and Electric Utilities
Mobile Adoption in Life Sciences
Mobile Adoption in Oil and Gas
Networked Field Services
Recorded Webinars of Note
3 Critical Considerations for Embracing Mobile CRM
The Future of Enterprise Mobility
The Latest m-Business Trends and How the Onslaught of Mobile Devices Affects Development Strategies
The Real-Time Mobile Enterprise: The Benefits of Rapid, Easy Access
Syclo and SAP Deliver Mobile Apps on Sybase Unwired Platform
Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Join the SAP Enterprise Mobility Group
Read The M2M News Monthly
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.