US trip, April 2013

I was in the US for several conference and business engagements April 7 – 18, 2013.

Here are some photos from the trip:



Speaking at World Health Care Congress, Washington D. C.

9 April 2013

Having a very productive time at WHCC – connnecting with many interesting people. Also spending more time with Prof. Yunus:



I spoke at WHCC 2013, specifically the following summit (also featuring Prof. Yunus):

  • Understanding the opportunities that mHealth and telehealth present
  • Assessing the scale of the savings available to health systems through the coordinated implementation of remote monitoring for chronic disease
  • Leveraging the power of connected technologies to join up clinical professionals, enable care integration and innovation and deliver cost savings across health systems
  • Understanding global health reimbursement landscapes and their evolving approaches to connected health
  • Reviewing a range of global connected health implementations – what is the evidence to date?
Mary Y. Lee Mary Y. Lee, MD, FACP
Associate Provost
Tufts University;
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Samin Karim Samin Karim, PhD
Senior Research Fellow: mHealth, Nossal Institute for Global Health
Mobile Software Engineer, CSIRO Australia
Technical Adviser – Grameen Inc.
Snr. Consultant – Accenture Mobility
Ting Shih Ting Shih
Chief Executive Officer and Founder


It was a good session, and many interesting discussion points were raised:

  • Telehealth is the trend in developing countries as well
  • Use of telehealth centres is to primarily address “tyranny of distance”, cost issues
  • Training and education are critical in improving capabilities – can’t just throw apps and sensors with no training (either “offline” or on-the-job)
  • Intuitive apps and devices are essential to minimise user errors, increase adoption, and reduce training costs. Clever and simple mHealth apps for diagnosis and training, and biomedical sensors for objective measurement, are key.
  • I drew attention to the need to improve “standalone” capabilities of health workers to reduce the reliance on telehealth centres, physicians and expensive communications such as voice, video and SMS. At the end of the day, it will still cost money to pay for a physician/specialist to analyse data and receive calls, and they still have their salaries compared to, and set at, market rates.
  • Let’s take up Vinod Khosla’s challenge –  let’s replace the doctor, but take baby steps: aim for screening capabilities that only defer to physicians/specialists when a problem is a “borderline” case or too complex to solve with current capabilities. (Incidemtally – I also managed to meet Vinod Khosla at the congress. As someone I look up to, it was a huge honour for me!)
  • I am pleased to say that Prof. Yunus and his team at Grameen Healthcare believes in the ideas I have presented. Costs and “process volume management” are at the forefront of challenges in countries like Bangladesh…

Here’s my WHCC panel 2-slider if you’re interested: WHCC 2013_SaminKarim_v3


Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Prof. Yunus

17 April 2013

Another fantastic event in this trip is the honour of attending Prof. Yunus’ congressional gold medal ceremony at the White House. It was a grand and a fitting tribute to Prof. Yunus’ many achievements! I am now a believer in micro-credit and in solving social problems through “social business”.

Other Activities

I also met several technology and healthcare organisations to further progress work in mHealth, eHealth and tele-health being done at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Grameen Inc., and Accenture.


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