Q&A With Gary West: Using Wireless Technology to Transform Healthcare

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late last year and the team has been working on bringing the institute to life ever since.

What activities will the institute include?

West: The institute is focused on innovating, conducting clinical trials, producing evidence for validation, growing the next generation of leaders in this emerging field, and offering expertise. It will cover the entire continuum, from unmet medical need to changing medicine as we know it. Our objective is three-fold—to help entrepreneurs bring concept to reality, to help serve existing organizations in this space to conduct clinical trials and increase their speed to market with wireless health care solutions, and to enable internal innovation within the Institute.

west-wireless-health-instituteWe’ve secured a terrific location for the institute. The facility exists today and is located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in the heart of the biotech and engineering hub of San Diego. The facilities will be fully complete by mid- to late summer. We believe the institute and San Diego will become the “epicenter of wireless health.”

Who are the patients you think will benefit the most?

West: We are not only looking to help those suffering from existing conditions, but to help prevent people from getting sick in the first place. However, in order to be effective, we have to have a certain level of focus to ensure we are actually accomplishing results. We’ve identified four areas of focus that we believe will have a real impact on large populations of people around the world. These areas are preempting disease, disease management, aging in place and underserved populations.

How do you think we all will benefit from wireless health?

West: If wireless health can help increase the effectiveness of health care and lower the exorbitant costs associated with health care, everyone wins. I believe wireless health will do this. Wireless health solutions will help promote wellness and reduce the tremendous costs of health care through disease prevention and many other benefits. Wireless health solutions will help people self-manage medical treatments and enable a much higher quality of life by eliminating the need for extended and frequent hospitalization. Wireless health solutions will help the aging population stay in their homes and remain independent much longer. Wireless health solutions can help supplement the lack of a health care infrastructure and the shortage of doctors and medical providers in many regions around the world. The possibilities are endless.

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5 responses to “Q&A With Gary West: Using Wireless Technology to Transform Healthcare”

  1. I applaud the Wireless Health Institute’s formation. My view of wirelss is based upon the increasing adoption of enterprise wireless infrastructure within healthcare organizations as the communication backbone for data and voice solutions which will lead to better patient outcomes.

  2. Dr. Richard S. Dick says:

    I am very encouraged by the establishment of the Institute and congratulate Gary West in setting it up. I truly believe that it has significant potential for enhancing patient care. There are many new innovations which can be brought to patients and providers alike which will reduce costs and increase quality of care. As an expert in healthcare IT, I share very much the vision and want to assist in any way that I can.

  3. Joseph Ng says:

    This is very much needed. With smart phones and robust client-server solutions, and hopefully wearable vital sign monitors, people can be mobile and enjoy a full life while staying safe.

  4. I have been working with patients in hospitals for a number of years in a program with wireless monitors worn by patients.The monitor for all vital signs is worn by patient that enables patient to be mobile and monitored wirelessly at home. This relieves hospitals and saves lives and money.
    Interested in other developments in this area.

  5. tom myron says:

    Do you have any thoughts regarding what would consitute the end-game for this approach to health care. What would success look like?