During the Internet Boom of the late 1990’s, Dr. Lowell Weil, Jr. was working for his father’s podiatry practice, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute. From time to time Dr. Weil attended cocktail parties with some of his friends who were running internet-based businesses. It was at those parties that he first noticed the learning gap between the world of medicine and business.
Even before entering Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM), Dr. Alina Fernández, MD, MPH, MBA, was an extremely accomplished professional. As a medical doctor with extensive experience in teaching and leading public health initiatives, Alina transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry. Now, she serves as Vice President of US Pharmacovigilance for Lundbeck LLC.
Throughout her career – whether as Director of Child Health Programs for the Chicago Department of Health or Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology for the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria – Alina has been committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public and the care they receive.
The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius referred to mHealth in 2011 as “the biggest technology breakthrough of our time”. The emergence and evolution of mHealth applications and the potential they have to empower Americans to take an active and invested role in their own personal health management is critical to reducing the impact on the already burgeoned healthcare system.
If technology can make Americans more aware of their health conditions and be proactive in their ability to make lifestyle and habit changes for better health outcomes, it would be impossible to put a finite value on mHealth applications in terms of the amount of money that it could save the US Healthcare System.