Within the Standardization Sector, Study Group
16 leads the work on multimedia terminals, systems and ubiquitous
applications, such as e-health and e-business. SG16 is active in all aspects
of multimedia standardization, including terminals, architecture, protocols,
security, mobility, interworking and quality of service. The area of
e-health applications is studied under
on Multimedia framework for e-health applications.
Access to high quality digital diagnostics data and
images in a fast and secured manner is crucial for healthcare
professionals. SG16, in collaboration with ISO/IEC's JPEG and MPEG
groups, has developed a Recommendation for a video compression standard
known asH.264 Advanced Video
Coding (AVC). This standard has facilitated the development of high
quality multimedia applications such as videophone, videoconferencing,
and Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) for wireless and mobile
networks, which can be used for diverse mHealth applications.
ITU-T Recommendation H.323 provides a cornerstone
foundation for audio, video, and data communications over packet-based
networks. H.323 is successfully used for communication between users
over wired and wireless links, including satellite and microwave links,
and is particularly useful for developing countries, where wireless
networks are a more cost effective option than wireline networks.
One of SG16’s tasks is to continuously extend and
improve existing Recommendations on multimedia systems, such as H.323
- e-Health and Standardization (ITU-T
Study Group 17: Multimedia terminals, systems and ubiquitous
Another key area for the
evolution and adoption of e-Health services is security. Currently,
telecommunication applications using mobile terminals and Internet services
demand authentication methods that not only provide high security but are
also convenient for users. Tele-medicine, tele-health and e-health are
emerging examples of such applications. As biometric authentication is
increasingly used as a form of identification, new challenges have emerged
regarding security, safety, and privacy protection.
17 , under its
leads the work on telebiometrics, aiming, among other objectives, to study
and develop requirements for appropriate generic protocols providing safety,
security, privacy protection and consent for “manipulating biometric data”
in telebiometric applications, such as e-Health and telemedicine.
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