BIOE 273 Biodesign for Mobile Health

Undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral students from the Schools of Medicine and Engineering are invited to participate in the Course BioE 273 (Fall).

This seminar examines the emerging Mobile Health industry. Mobile Health (mHealth, or, wireless health) is the provision of health services and information via mobile technologies such as mobile phones and wearable sensors. Innovations in this area promise solutions to the need for universal access to affordable and effective health care by enabling consumers to take charge of their health, creating affordable ways to manage aging and chronic conditions, moving care from the hospital into the home, improving treatment options by providing transparency of measurable clinical outcomes, and shifting the focus from “sick care” to “health improvement” and prevention.

Faculty from Stanford University and other Academic Institutions and guest lecturers from the Mobile Health industry and entrepreneurial community will discuss the driving needs, opportunities and challenges that characterize the emerging Mobile Health innovation landscape, and present an overview of the technologies, initiatives and companies that are already transforming the way we access health care today.

Mobile Health topics and perspectives covered include: Key Applications, Innovation for the Consumer and the Enterprise, Policy and Regulatory, Financing, Business Models, Global Initiatives and Entrepreneurship.

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Goals for the Course

  • Provide an overview of the emerging mobile health industry
  • Explore selected applications and technologies
  • Learn about the important questions faced by innovators in mobile health 
  • Highlight interdependencies and synergies between shareholders
  • Provide exposure to role models and industry experts who can help clarify career paths and inspire entrepreneurship opportunities in mobile health
  • Inspire and foster entrepreneurship opportunities in mobile health

Topics Covered

  • Key Markets and Applications
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Regulatory and Policy
  • Financing
  • Global Initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship

Student Responsibilities

The Biodesign for Mobile Health course is taught by a combination of Faculty from Stanford University and other Academic Institutions including UC Berkeley and USC Keck School of Medicine, and guest lecturers from the Mobile Health industry and entrepreneurial community.

As such, the course provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world insights and learn about opportunities for research and the creation of innovative solutions in the space.

Grading will be based on attendance and submission of a question for the guest speakers prior to each class session. Recommended readings are expected to be completed also prior to attending class, but not required.

Students who wish to explore a project idea in the Mobile Health field are encouraged to form teams and submit it for discussion during the class, for additional credit. Teams have an opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of investors or entrepreneurs during the class, before presenting to their fellow students and course instructors on the last day of the course.

Guest Speakers

The course is structured as a series of weekly lectures and panel discussions, which see the participation of several invited guests from Industry and Academia.

  • Abhas Gupta, Associate at Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor, University of California Berkeley
  • Amar Kendale, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, mc10 Inc.
  • Amy Lockwood, Deputy Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Andrew Atwell, Sr. Manager, Open Innovation Center, Samsung
  • Andrew Broderick, Research Program Director, Public Health Institute
  • Anil Sethi, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, Gliimpse 
  • Dr. Arnold Milstein, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University & Director, Stanford CERC
  • Ben Wilson, Director, Intel Global Healthcare Strategy 
  • David Sayen, Region IX, CDR U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • David Zapol, Social Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Deborah Dean, Founder and Executive Director, Children's Global Health Initiative
  • Dennis Boyle, Partner & Founding Member, IDEO, IDEO's Health & Wellness Business
  • Emily Goligoski, Design & Community Lead, Open Badges, at Mozilla Foundation
  • Franco Lodato, Sr. Device Product Lead, Motorola Mobility (a Google division)
  • Geetha Rao, PhD, Vice President Strategy & Risk Management, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc
  • Geoffrey Clapp, Mentor and Advisor, Pipette, Lumoback, and more
  • Homero Rivas, Assistant Professor - Med Center Line, Surgery - General Surgery
  • Ida Sim, Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF; Co-Director of Biomedical Informatics, UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
  • Klaus Hambuechen, Member, The Angels Forum
  • Josh Nesbit, Chief Executive Officer, Medic Mobile
  • Julia Hu, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Lark
  • Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Stanford University
  • Margaret Laws, Director, Innovations for the Underserved, CHCF
  • Mark Zdeblick, Chief Technology Officer, Proteus Digital Health
  • Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE, Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic, Co-Director, Noninvasive Imaging, Div. of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Monique Lambert, Medical Ethnographer, Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Nina Kjellson, General Partner, Interwest
  • Phillip Olla, Founder at Mobile Diagnostic Services
  • Rebecca Lynn, Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures, Information Technology Team
  • INVITED Rick Valencia, Vice President, Qualcomm & Founder / General Manager, Qualcomm Life
  • Sami Hamade, Partner, Aberdare Ventures
  • Sarah Pollet, Chief Operating Officer, Rock Health
  • Sonny Vu, CEO & Founder, Misfit Wearables
  • Stephanie Habif, Healthcare Design Strategist. Stanford Calming & Persuasive Labs, Habif Health
  • INVITED Sue Siegel, CEO, Healthymagination, Corporate Officer, GE
  • Susan Dybbs, Sr. Interaction Designer, Cooper
  • Yan Chow, MD, MBA, is the director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology's Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT)

Presenting Startups

  • Cellscope
  • Sano Intelligence
  • Anjna
  • Nephosity
  • Recovery Records
  • Nurep










Quarters Fall
Course Number Bioe 273
Cross-listings Med 273
Day, Time Wednesday 4:15 – 6:05 pm
Content Mobile Health Technology
Course Directors Paul Yock, M.D., Paul Wang, M.D., and Marta Gaia Zanchi, Ph.D and guest lecturers
Faculty Advisors Michael V. McConnell, M.D.
Location Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Lecture Hall LK120, Stanford University
Units 1 (attendance) or 2 (with project); Credit/No Credit
Schools Engineering/ Medicine

What Students are Saying

  1. "It was fascinating, and I really enjoyed it. You put together a great set of speakers, and it introduced me to several technologies I hadn't heard of." -- MA
  2. "It has been an amazing course - thank you very much for organizing it!" -- AM
  3. "This is my most favorite class ever! Thanks for bringing in relevant speakers with real world experience! You have the best speakers lined up!" -- RL
  4. "It was a great quarter and with lots of learning for me! Thanks for everything!" -- FX
  5. "I'll miss your class! I wish it was ongoing!" -- JS

Course Structure and Calendar

September 25   – Introduction
October 2         – Applications
October 9         – Enabling Technologies
October 16       – Innovation for the Consumer
October 23       – Policy & Innovation for the Enterprise
October 30       – Money: Business Models and Financing
November 6      – Beyond US: Global Mobile Health
November 13    – Entrepreneurship 
November 20   – Innovation in Large Organizations
December 4      – Students’ Presentations

Faculty & Course Support

Course Directors

Faculty Advisor

  • Michael V. McConnell, MD