Huan CHEN: mHealth Innovation

Meet Huan CHEN, Associate Project Manager (APM) and Research Fellow (RF) for The China Center for mHealth Innovation (CCmHI) at The George Institute China.

How long have you been working at The George Institute?
I joined The George Institute in Dec, 2015, so it has been around 9 months.

What is your professional background?
I received my master degree in clinical medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2008, and later got my MSc degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I worked for China Program of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Save the Children and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids respectively in the past 8 years before joining George.

What attracted you to working at The George Institute?
The George Institute is renowned for its great impact and expertise in the field of public health research whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. Furthermore, George is now developing some innovative health researches and practices which are very meaningful. With all these reasons, I came here and feel honored to be one of the team.

What does your work focus on?
I am currently working on a maternal and child healthcare mobile platform. We are trying to serve different users (pregnant women, family planning workers, community and hospital staff) during the pivotal 1000 day period from pre-pregnancy through to when babies have grown to childhood age of two-years.

What difference will this make to healthcare and why?
Mobile health has great potential. I’m looking forward to witnessing another healthcare reform brought on by mHealth, not only in China but elsewhere in the world.

To explain to people what you do you say…
To some extent, we are building a bridge of communication and management between pregnant women and doctors. For expectant mothers, the platform could simplify the tedious process and make it easier for them to communicate with doctors. For doctors, it benefits for them improving efficiency and managing patients.

Why do you enjoy working at The George Institute?
It has positive research atmosphere. And I really enjoy to work with so many professional and dedicated staff.
Your biggest achievement so far…
It brings me a strong sense of achievement when solving everyday research problems.  Moreover, I am able to learn a lot and improve myself during this process. And in my daily life, as a typical Sagittarius girl, the capability of doing whatever I want to is a big achievement.

To unwind at the end of the day you…
Play with my cat, but also I like just hanging out with my friends and taking part in social activities.