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 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.

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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
  • 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.

Two unexcused absences are permitted. 
More than two unexcused absences will lead to a No CR grade.

Guest Speakers/Contributors for 2014

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.

  • Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor, University of California Berkeley
  • Alex de Winter, Director, GE Ventures, Healthcare
  • Amar Kendale, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, mc10 Inc.
  • Amy Tenderich, Founder & Editor, DiabetesMine
  • Andrew Atwell, Sr. Manager, Open Innovation Center, Samsung
  • Anna de Paula Hanika, Open mHealth
  • Andrew Broderick, Research Program Director, Public Health Institute
  • Anil Sethi, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, Gliimpse 
  • Anurag Mairal, Director, Global Exchange Programs, Stanford University
  • Asha Nayak, Global Medical Director, Intel Corporation
  • Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, RN, Director, Nursing Innovation, Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology's Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT)
  • David Haddad, Executive Director, Open mHealth
  • David Myung, Resident Physician, Byers Eye Institute,Stanford University and Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Biomimedica, Inc.
  • David Sayen, Region IX, CDR U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services
  • David Zapol, Social Entrepreneur
  • Deborah Dean, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Children's Global Health Initiative
  • Dennis Boyle, Partner & Founding Member, IDEO, IDEO's Health & Wellness Business
  • Dianna Kane, Senior Designer, Medic Mobile
  • Divya Nag, Founder, StartX Med and Stem Cell Theranostics
  • Geetha Rao, PhD, Vice President Strategy & Risk Management, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc
  • Grace Bartoo, President, CEO, Decus Biomedical
  • Juan-Pablo Mas, Partner, Action Potential Venture Capital
  • Jules Sherman, Designer, Entrepreneur & Lecturer, JS Design Group
  • [Invited] Julia Hu, CEO, Lark
  • Kyra Bobinet, D/MPH, CEO, engagedIN, Health Engagement Instructor, Stanford AIM Lab
  • Kunal Sethy, Director of Operations, Zephyr Health
  • Mary Rosenberger, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, Stanford University
  • Mike O’Reilly, MD, Vice President, Special Projects Group, Apple
  • Mark Zdeblick, Chief Technology Officer, Proteus Digital Health
  • Missy Krasner, Managing Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Box, & Special Advisor, Canvas
  • Venture Fund
  • Mitchell Mom, Venture Associate, Rock Health
  • Philip Sager, Consulting Professor, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
  • Roger Chen, Associate, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
  • Cecilia Corral, Chief Design Officer, CareMessage
  • Christine Nguyen, Founder, Footsteps
  • Ryan Bloom, Founder, Factor 14
  • Ryan Van Wert, Founder, Vynca
  • Rush Bartlett, Founder, Vynca










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 LK130, Stanford University
Units 1 (attendance) or 2 (with project); Credit/No Credit
Schools Engineering/ Medicine; both graduate and undergraduate students welcome.

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

1 - September 24– Introduction
2 - October 1         – Applications PLUS Happy Hour
3 - October 8         – Enabling Technologies
4 - October 15       – Designing for Health
5 - October 22       – Policy & Innovation for the Enterprise
6 - October 29       – Beyond US: Global Mobile Health PLUS Happy Hour
7 - November 5     – Money: Business Models and Financing PLUS Student Micro Pitches
8 - November 12   – Entrepreneurship  PLUS Student Micro Pitches
9 - November 19   – Innovation in Large Organizations
10 - December 3   – Final Presentations & Awarding ceremony

Course Directors

Information for Students with Disabilities

Students with Documented Disabilities: Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is made.

Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL: