Two organizations pursuing the wider use of digital, wireless and connected health technologies have combined, consolidating the activities to foster the use of new information technologies in the healthcare industry.

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) has combined its operations with the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a not-for-profit organization formed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In return, the Personal Connected Health Alliance has adopted the WLSA membership model. WLSA’s executive-level engagement and Convergence Summit activities will be integrated into the Personal Connected Health Alliance’s annual conference.

Robert B. McCray, co-founder and CEO of WLSA, has been named a senior advisor of thought leadership for the alliance and will serve on its board of managers.

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"For nearly two decades, WLSA has been focused on accelerating the convergence of technology and health sectors in industry, research, government and healthcare, in order to enhance personal health and personal control of health care services," said McCray. "This partnership with PCHAlliance and the merger of our activities presents an exciting opportunity to more effectively foster global relationships and business opportunities for our members and offer increased visibility in the connected health ecosystem."

WLSA was formed in 2005 and has focused on digital, wireless and connected health technologies driven by medicine, science, technology, engineering and big data analytics. It created the Wireless Health Conference series to provide a cross-disciplinary research forum for the field. That event, hosted in collaboration with leading universities and academic institutions, will continue through a collaboration with IEEE/EMBS and with the cooperation of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

PCHAlliance executives say the organization's goal is to help people make health and wellness an effortless part of daily life. The Alliance is convening the global personal connected health community—technology companies, healthcare providers, payers, governments and the public—to accelerate the technical, business, policy and social initiatives necessary to advance the field. Among its activities, PCHAlliance develops and promotes technical standards, facilitates collaboration, convenes conferences, shares research and advocates policy to help advance personal connected health.

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