|Dr. Martin Cooper invented the modern cell phone.|
Cooper's experience will be paired with the expertise of New York Times personal-technology columnist David Pogue to make up the American Telemedicine Association's opening-day plenary session, which starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Pogue should offer an interesting take on the mobile health industry and where it's headed, as well, considering he has co-written several books in the "for Dummies" series, and is considered to be one of the world's premier how-to authors.
"Dr. Cooper and David Pogue will provide a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges of consumer-based healthcare cell phone applications," ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous said in a statement.
As intriguing as Sunday's plenary session should be from a technology perspective, Tuesday's breakfast plenary, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will provide context with regard to the importance of that technology. Instead of spotlighting one or two influential, yet well known figures in the telehealth world, the ATA will share a successful, life-saving telehealth story from three perspectives: the healthcare provider, the patient's family, and the patient.