MHWG SWOT Analysis

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Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats for Mobile Health Work Group (MHWG)

  • Reviewed by Mobile Health Workgroup on March 23, 2013.
  • Approved by Mobile Health Workgroup (Pending vote April 5, 2013).


  • Deep knowledge of standards development
  • Expertise in related standards (e.g., EHR, PHR, Child EHR, FHIR)
  • Expertise in Health IT research and development
  • Expertise in communication technologies
  • Strong relationships and collaboration with existing standards working groups
  • Strong experience in Health IT policy and Informatics.
  • Strong experience in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).
  • Strong experience in risk and regulatory policy requirements.


  • Pace of established projects
  • Domain is broad with extensive cross-over, i.e. with Personal Health Record (PHR), Telemedicine and medical devices
  • Group is made up of working professionals with high demands on time
  • Goals and objectives not yet broadly known across the HL7 community
  • More extensive international representation


  • Growth in mobile health is in a major period of research and development
  • Domain that impacts a wide range of stakeholders including public health, providers, consumers, etc.
  • Many related standards to build from
  • Identified as a domain of high need for disparate/underserved health communities and regions i.e. LMIC subgroups
  • Horizontal nature of mobile health; more than personal health
  • Collaboration with other Mobile Health organizations.
  • Rapid change and continued evolution of mobile technology.


  • Lack of distinction between other domains (EHR, PHR, etc) other than wireless status
  • Technology and infrastructure is continuously changing
  • Privacy and Security (Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability) concerns
  • Trusted use and management of BYOD in organization
  • Rapid change and continued evolution of mobile technology.
  • Pace of developments and continued evolution of mobile technology.
  • Gap in stakeholders coverage missing
  • Upcoming government regulation impacting Mobile health standards.