mHealth Initiative Inc (mHI), a 501(3)c not-for-profit organization has been formed in response to the rapidly expanding development of health care applications on cell phones and other mobile devices (mDevices). The mHealth Initiative is incorporated in the state of Massachusetts and is open for membership.

mHI will serve as the communications center for all mobile device developments in healthcare. The organization’s first seminar will be held March 31 in Boston.

"It is time to put our energy into the new and exciting field of cell phones in healthcare. This is where the action is.  This is where the future is, " says C. Peter Waegemann, who will serve as mHI’s executive director. Waegemann is the former president of Medical Records Institute, an organization involved in applied research and functioning as an educational clearinghouse.

"Mobile devices can leapfrog the barriers to EMRs and put health information directly into the hands of patients and providers. Thus, mDevices will be a major stimulus toward participatory healthcare," says Claudia Tessier, RHIA, president of mHI.

Information on membership and registration for the first seminar can be found online.