As part of the Future of Health report published last week, we interviewed key innovators during our research to illuminate ideas and innovation developing in healthcare.

As part of the Future of Health report published last week, we interviewed key innovators during our research to illuminate ideas and innovation developing in healthcare.

Katie Malbon is a UK-trained pediatrician who initiated Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center’s “Text In The City” pilot program – an initiative that aims to educate teens about health through SMS-based communication. It’s a simple system that tackles complicated issues and is getting great results.

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) is a free & confidential clinic serving over 10,000 young people annually, mainly from the South Bronx and East Harlem. The health clinic often provides a young New Yorker a myriad of services (from nutrition to medical help to legal) but that would also leave the patients with a lot of questions and also information overload. When PSFK spoke to her, Malbon told us that the idea first came along when she started giving her mobile number away to a small group of patients she was worried about, and they ended up texting instead of calling.

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