GSMA represents 3.5 billion SIM cards in the world and they are interested in healthcare.

Craig Frederichs, MBCHB, MBA, is the head of healthcare for the GSM Association, the trade association for 98% of all mobile carriers. They aren’t just big telecom, they are mega-mega telecom. One of their roles is to drive supply and demand for mobile, and as Craig says, once these devices are in the hands of consumers, it’ll help them have lots of cool things to do with them (I paraphrased a bit).

He describes the mobile focus in different regions of the world – in the US, it is machine-to-machine, Europe focuses on regulation, Africa on disrupting the supply of services, and Asia a mix of the above.

When asked if GSMA is interested in learning about mobile innovations, the answer was a resounding yes. In fact, that is an important part of Craig’s job. He says GSMA wants to hear from not only more advanced companies (those with product) but also in newbies – young companies with good ideas and prototypes, not necessarily revenue.

The way for entrepreneurs to connect with GSMA is via their Connected Living tracker or by attending their next major (and again mega) Mobile World Conference which will be held in Barcelona, Spain on March 2-5, 2015.

You can learn much more about GSMA and healthcare by watching this video interview of Craig at the recent WLSA Convergence Summit in San Diego.


Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.



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