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 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Broadband and mobile internet access is spreading to more Americans, making them more likely to access health information whenever and wherever they need it. The always-on, always-with-you internet enhances people's online experience and creates a positive feedback loop, reinforcing their interest in using the internet to gather and share information. And yet, those who are online have a trump card. They have each other. Pew Internet’s research finds that having a chronic disease increases the probability that an internet user will share what they know and learn from their peers. They unearth nuggets of information. They blog. They participate in online discussions. And they just keep going.

 

(Source: Pew Internet Research Center)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:34:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Canada is seeing e-health gains in the area of medication, with an estimated $436 million in cost savings and efficiencies this year, a report released Wednesday says. Drug information systems, which are hooked up now mainly in the western provinces and Prince Edward Island and to a lesser extent elsewhere, allow pharmacists and health-care providers to electronically access records of a patient's prescription medications. And they provide a full and accurate medication history so that potential drug interactions or allergies can be caught before they happen. The $436-million tally and report were compiled by Deloitte for Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded organization that was founded in 2001 and charged with helping provinces and territories to adopt electronic health-record projects.

"We expect that number to increase over time as drug information systems are more widely used in the country, and we get more experienced with their use," said Jennifer Zelmer, senior vice-president of clinical adoption and innovation at Infoway.

 

(Source: CBC)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:18:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 14, 2010

Countries all over the world are facing manifold challenges regarding their healthcare delivery. Due to limited budgets and increasing demand for high-quality healthcare services, new cost-efficient, reliable and interconnected systems need to be developed. E-health can make a significant contribution to ensure high-quality, sustainable healthcare systems. The Global E-Health Forum, which will take place on October 25 + 26, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, will address these challenges.

The primary aim of the organizers of the Global E-Health Forum, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, IBM and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), is to provide a cross-sector forum for representatives from hospitals and clinics, governments, health insurance organizations, service providers and the media. Policymakers, users, suppliers and implementation managers will have the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop collaborative working relationships.

 

(Source: Global E-Health Forum)

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 1:17:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 13, 2010

ICT For Health Projects Exhibiting

27 September 2010 - 29 September 2010 Brussels, Belgium

The ICT for Health projects present at the ICT2010 conference. CD-Medics, Epilepsiae, HeartCycle, Hamam and Oldes will be exhibiting. Three eHealth related networking sessions will also take place on the following topics: Patient empowerment, EU-ASEAN Cooperation opportunities and Low-cost Imaging Technologies for Healthcare.

 

(Source: Europe's Information Society)

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Monday, September 13, 2010 5:47:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 03, 2010

The 12th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services aims to bring together interested parties from around the world working in the healthcare field to exchange ideas, to discuss innovative and emerging solutions and to develop collaborations. Participants include clinicians, hospital administrators, IT professionals, researchers, educators, healthcare solutions vendors, and consultants. It will also offer an important forum for discussions on e-Health projects supported by world bodies such as ITU, WHO and the EU, including FP6 and FP7 European projects.

 

(Source: IEEE Communications Society)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010 4:13:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 16, 2010

At the eighth Ministerial eHealth Conference in Barcelona today, EU ministers have outlined a joint vision and policy priorities on how to make eHealth more accessible, interactive and customised to patients. The Declaration outlines a vision and identifies key objectives to be achieved in the next ten years.

The Declaration calls for policy coordination amongst the various areas where eHealth can have an impact on citizens' health in order to enhance benefits for patients, healthcare systems and society. It recognises the need for stronger synergies with policy areas like competitiveness, research and regional development both at European and national levels.

 

(Source: Europe's Information Society)

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:23:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 11, 2010

From 15 to 18 March 2010 the Ministry of Health of Spain and the Regional Government of Catalonia in cooperation with the European Commission are organizing a ministerial Conference in Barcelona. It will co-locate with the World of Health IT conference. High-level eHealth conferences organised by the presiding countries since 2003 represent important annual milestones in this specific field. Spain therefore will carry on the tradition and host this Conference in Barcelona as a part of its presidency in the first half of 2010.

A platform will be provided to encourage the development of on-line health services in Europe. The politicians, health administrators, researchers and suppliers, along with health professionals, are meeting to share their experiences and to discover what is new in this fast-evolving area.

 

(Source: Europe's Information Society)

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:46:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 25, 2010

The 'Health-e-Space' website has gone online in Moray, Scotland, aiming to encourage individuals to play an active role in personal health matters by providing them with a series of online tools and information.

The website allows anybody living in Moray to become a member and to obtain local health information, links to recommended websites and suggestions on how to live with health conditions. Its sister website, the 'Health-e-Space Community', serves as a social networking platform for people to share their health concerns and experiences among them in the Moray area.

 

(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Monday, January 25, 2010 3:48:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 21, 2010

For the first time, the Ministerial High Level Conference on eHealth and the World Health IT Conference and Exhibition are being held in the same week in a joint initiative called “e-Health Week 2010”, the most prestigious event in the European eHealth sector. Barcelona International Conventions Centre (CCIB) will open its doors from March 15 to 18 to receive the European meeting most attended by the healthcare sector interest groups.

March 15 will see the start of the High Level eHealth Conference, an E.U. event organised by the Spanish Presidency of the E.U., the European Commission, the Government of Catalonia and the TicSalut Foundation. The conference is presented under the motto of “eHealth for sustainable healthcare: global changes through local actions”

 

(Source: eHealth Week)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:22:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 14, 2009

ISO will develop a technical report (TR) to help emerging and developing countries implement a solid and internationally harmonized health informatics system. The report will present information in an accessible way to guide and facilitate the adoption of relevant International Standards by countries with limited resources and infrastructure.

International Standards can help by providing globally harmonized specifications for establishing the architectural framework used to design eHealth systems, plan implementation, make build-or-buy decisions, decide on acquisitions and undertake related activities.

 

(Source: ISO)

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Monday, December 14, 2009 6:22:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Developing countries risk missing out on the benefits of information technology because of their lack of broadband infrastructure, a U.N. agency said.

Lack of broadband Internet access deprives countries of the possibility of building up offshoring industries, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report late on Thursday. It also prevents people from tapping into all the advantages of mobile phones, whose use is exploding in poor countries. "What is known as the broadband gap for example is becoming a serious handicap for companies in many poor countries," he told a briefing to launch UNCTAD's Information Economy Report.

 

(Source: Reuters)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:19:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Privacy and security are foundational to health care reform. Patients will trust electronic health care records only if they believe their confidentiality is protected via good security.

As vice chairman of the federal Healthcare Information Technology Standards Committee, I have been on the front lines in the debate over the standards and implementation guidance needed to support the exchange of health care information. Over the past few months, I've learned a great deal from the committee's privacy and security workgroup.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:33:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 20, 2009

The clock is ticking, people are dying and a flu virus is sweeping the globe -- that is the scenario of a new computer game designed to make people think about how to respond to the swine flu pandemic. In "The Great Flu", players must choose whether or not to stockpile anti-viral drugs and deploy research teams to new areas of outbreak as the number of infections and deaths rises and more countries are affected.

"The game is very realistic and has an educational value. It informs people how the virus spreads, what the flu is and on the ways to fight the pandemic."

 

(Source: AFP)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:28:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A mobile phone-based health project is helping the Peruvian military to keep disease at bay. The initiative, dubbed Alerta DISAMAR, has allowed doctors in the navy to report disease outbreaks and ask for help with treatment. The scheme was set up following the deaths of two Peruvian sailors in 2001 from malaria and is part of a wider mHealth project by the United Nations-Vodafone Foundation. Since it was set up in 2003 it has provided invaluable information for epidemiologists and enabled them to track the spread of diseases. It is also a useful way of gathering statistics on disease for health planning. To date, over 80,000 cases have been reported - everything from snakebites to yellow fever.

The US navy helped establish the product and a firm called Voxiva developed the technical aspects, under advice from Ernesto Gozzer, a doctor who specialises in public health.

Source: BBC

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:18:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Experts on information and communication technology (ICT) from the United Nations, private industry, non-governmental organizations and government agencies have met in Geneva to look at ways to use the latest digital innovations to fight poverty and improve public health.

“The objective is to introduce cutting-edge, innovative knowledge, experiences, expertise and best practices” to the work of the UN, and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in particular, according to the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), which organized the one-day meeting. “New technologies can boost education through distance learning, content creation and delivery, and teacher training,” GAID noted in a news release. “They can help create new job opportunities for people living in poverty. These technologies can also empower women and the disadvantaged to increase their access to information and participate in the economy.”

The Alliance also noted that advances in health information systems based on ICT are improving patients care and healthcare providers’ productivity worldwide. However, developing countries lag behind in employing ICT to these ends. “While diseases in developing countries account for over 90 per cent of the global disease burden, it is estimated that only 10 per cent of the more than $100 billion spent annually on health research is allocated for health problems prevalent in these countries,” it stated.

Source: UNESCO

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:30:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 01, 2009

A UK man successfully delivered his baby boy by following instructions on a YouTube video. Marc Stephens had the foresight to watch the videos a few hours ahead of time, however his skills would be called upon as his wife went into labour before the ambulance arrived.

Mr Stephens told the BBC, "I Googled how to deliver a baby, watched a few videos and basically swotted up".

 

(Source: BBC)

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Friday, May 01, 2009 8:23:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Digital technologies, or Information and Communications Technologies as they are commonly known, offer massive opportunities: Innovation and technology are "the backbone of the modern economy," says Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the deputy leader of the Government in the Senate.

As part of the Government of Australia's efforts at reducing carbon emissions by 2020, the energy sector providers plan to use broadband to improve the way they monitor and manage power distribution. Using broadband to connect power consumers with power generators will allow them to harness means of distribution in a more efficient and reliable manner. Smart grids connected by broadband will also raise the potential to not only monitor energy use but to allow remote adjustment of lights or temperature. This implies the very real possibility of significant carbon emission reductions for the country. 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:39:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 10, 2009

ITU is pleased to announce the launch of its 2009 Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition.

The 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, telecommunications, computer science, information systems and related fields between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The winners of the 2009 Essay Competition will be offered the opportunity of a consultancy contract within the ITU Development Sector's ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division for three months. The winners will be given a contribution towards the cost of an economy class flight from their place of residence. In addition, they will be paid the sum of CHF 6000 towards living expenses for the duration of the contract.

To enter the competition you need to submit an essay on one of the following essay topics:

  • Mobiles for Development: Enabling Low-Cost e-Applications for Rural and Remote Areas (e-Health, e-Government, e-Environment)
  • Protecting Children and Youth in the Internet and Mobile Age: Innovative Technical and Social Solutions
  • Connecting the World Responsibly: Empowering Women and Girls Through Creative Uses of ICTs
  • Personal Information Online (internet/mobiles): Responding to User Safety Concerns

All applications should be submitted online through the competition website.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2009.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and wish you the best of luck in the competition!

 

Friday, April 10, 2009 7:17:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 14, 2008

According to an article on The Citizen (Dar es Salaam) on 10 May 2008, toll-free mobile services are on its way to selected remote areas in Africa aiming to save lives by connecting people with emergency medical cases to health personnel. Under the initiative launched in Nairobi on Wednesday, health workers will also be trained through mobile phone sessions on day to day skills like collecting and sharing basic household health information.

Telecommunication equipment provider Ericsson and mobile phone service provider Zain have entered into a partnership that will ensure they provide network access, mobile phone handsets, sim cards and toll-free emergency numbers in remote areas in order to stimulate demand for cellular phone solutions in those areas. The initiative is being rolled out in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In Kenya, Ericsson and Zain subsidiary, Celtel, are rolling out a pilot programme in North Garissa in Dertu village targeting some 5,200 inhabitants.

According to the President of Ericsson, Mr Carl-Henri Svanberge, the partnership also includes the Earth Institute and will benefit 400,000 people in Africa. "The partnership will provide the development of a comprehensive voice to data coverage and a telecommunication strategy in the villages to drive up mobile connectivity," said Mr Svanberge. The phones will use solar charges which according to Ericsson are capable of charging 30 mobile phones a day.


Read the full article here.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 9:04:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 02, 2008

According to a press release of the European Commission, published on 25 April, a pan-European survey on electronic services in healthcare (eHealth) shows that 87% of European doctors (General Practitioners) use a computer, 48% with a broadband connection. The survey shows that there are considerable differences between the countries, with broadband penetration ranging from 93% in Finland to 5% in Romania. An increasing number of doctors in Europe store and send patients' data such as lab reports electronically.

In using such eHealth applications, doctors and medical services have already improved healthcare in Europe through, for instance, more efficient administration and shorter waiting times for patients. According to the report, a majority of European doctors agree that information and communication technologies (ICTs) improve the quality of healthcare services that they provide.

Doctors not using ICT mention a lack of training and technical support as major barriers. In order to increase the use of eHealth, they ask for more ICT in medical education, more training and better electronic networking among healthcare practitioners that are willing to share clinical information. The report also highlights where doctors could make better use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to offer services such as telemonitoring, electronic prescriptions and cross border medical services.

For more information, click here.

Friday, May 02, 2008 3:40:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 01, 2008

The 6th "Med-e-Tel Conference and Exhibition" took place on 16 -18 April 2008 in Luxembourg with about 450 participants from over 50 countries. Med-e-Tel focuses on eHealth and telemedicine applications and a wide range of other medical information and communication technology (ICT) applications and on the convergence of ICT with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, workflow efficiency, and widespread availability of healthcare services. Abstracts and presentations of annual events are soon available on the organizer's website.

Thursday, May 01, 2008 3:01:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 28, 2008

The ITU/MIC Kyoto Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change closed 16 April with agreement that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) should play a significant role in the global efforts to combat climate change. The Symposium had six substantive sessions, including:

  • Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?
  • Corporate responsibility: Towards a climate-neutral ICT sector
  • ICTs for monitoring climate change
  • ICTs as a clean technology
  • Towards a high bandwidth, low carbon future
  • Adapting to climate change

A number of actions were recommended for ITU such as assisting countries, in particular developing ones, to raise awareness on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help adapting and mitigating to climate change. Specific areas mentioned are, among others, strengthening the capacity of developing countries to use ICTs for sustainable development, disaster and emergency preparedness, actions on food insecurity, use of remote sensing, assistance to rural communities and coordinated action to assist the most vulnerable countries. Experts also recognized that each country should consider promoting the use of ICT applications for government services (e-Government) from national to local levels, as well as reducing the emission of greenhouse gases through environmentally friendly use of ICTs in other sectors such as public health, education, business and employment.

More information on the Symposium is available in the chairman’s report, the meeting summary and the ITU background report. Presentations from this event can be viewed here. The chairman’s report will be forwarded to upcoming meetings of the World Economic Forum, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ministerial meeting in the Republic of Korea, the G8 meeting in Japan and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The second ITU symposium on ICTs and climate change, will be held 17-18 June in London, hosted by BT. The London event will also be broadcast as a live Webinar. To register online at this event, see here.

Monday, April 28, 2008 2:09:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) today launched the project of "1000 Telemedicine Units for Africa". This eHealth initiative aims to support financing telemedicine units in Africa as well as to enable health professionals to obtain continuing education. The project consists of equipping district hospitals with diagnostic tools and internet connectivity to enable real-time or deferred exchanges with experts at a distance and to update medical knowledge of health professionals through e-Learning tools.

To date, DSF partners in this project are the Network of French-speaking Africa for Telemedicine (RAFT) of the University Hospitals of Geneva and the Africa Health Infoway (AHI) of the World Health Organization.

For more information on DSF, click here.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 4:37:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 18, 2008

FCW.com reports that "foreign hackers, primarily from Russia and China, are increasingly seeking to steal Americans’ health care records, according to a Department of Homeland Security analyst." Two cases of intrusions to the health care systems' servers have been recorded in the past year which alarmed security officials. In early 2007, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site was infected with a virus, and in April, a Military Health System server holding Tricare records was hacked. Mark Walker, who works in DHS’ Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, said the hackers are seeking to exfiltrate health care data probably for espionage. DHS is increasing its analysis staff to monitor threats in several industries, including health care, and will be issuing more alerts about cyberthreats to health care data, he said. He added further that DHS wants to build a database of health information system intrusions so it can better analyze the threats and develop countermeasures.

More on this report here.

Friday, January 18, 2008 11:49:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ITU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, is hosting a workshop on 28-30 November 2007 entitled ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Applications for Rural Communication Development. The workshop is held in Bali, Indonesia.

The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants are available on the event website.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 1:52:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The U.S. Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL) conducted a study on The Value of Provider-to-Provider Telehealth Technologies. Assuming some specific healthcare settings such as emergency departments, correctional institutions, nursing homes and physician offices the cost-benefit analysis focused on three technology systems, i.e. store-and-forward, real-time video, and a hybrid model combining the first two.

The CITL study found that benefits outweighed costs for all three systems, but the research organization recommends the hybrid model as the most cost-effective one for the U.S. The report is available at citl.org.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:04:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 09, 2007

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the first conference in the ITU Arab region on "Sharing experience on best practices in ICT services for persons with disabilities", in cooperation with the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO). The conference will take place in Cairo (Egypt) on 13 - 15 November 2007 under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT of the Government of Egypt and H. E. the Minister Dr. Tarek Kamel.

The conference is open to administrations, policy makers, regulators, and all industries involved in the development of dedicated information and communication technologies (ICTs) for persons with disabilities in addition to physicians and doctors from the public health sector. The main objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the importance of accessibility to all, including persons with disabilities, to ICTs.

For more information, please click here.

Friday, November 09, 2007 10:18:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 02, 2007

Wiley InterScience recently launched the journal Security and Communication Networks.

A call for papers has been opened for its special issue focusing on Clinical Information Systems Security, which addresses the need for a secure and trusted computerized approach in managing personal health information, both from a demand and supply side.

The topics of interest in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Authentication techniques for CIS
  • Authorization mechanisms and approaches for patient-centric data
  • Public Key Infrastructures to support diverse clinical information environments and networks
  • Cryptographic protocols for use to secure patient-centric data
  • Secure communication protocols for the communication of clinical data
  • Wireless sensor networks security
  • Body sensor networks security
  • CIS Database security
  • Interoperability across diverse CIS environments (national and multilateral)
  • Government and international regulatory and compliance requirements

For more information on submission, dates and peer review, please visit Insecure.org.

Friday, November 02, 2007 12:45:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2007

The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched a new website, MyGlobalFund.org, to foster sharing of best practices in the fight against the three pandemics; spreading ideas and stimulating research; and encouraging partnerships.

For more information on the Global Fund, please click here.

Monday, October 29, 2007 3:07:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 05, 2007

Yesterday, Microsoft announced to launch HealthVault, an online platform to securely store personal health-related information online. The business model relies on performing vertical internet search tailored for health queries. Several organizations signed up to participate in the project including hospitals, disease prevention organizations, and health care companies.

For more information, see articles online of the New York Times, the Economist, discussions in several blogs and the company's press information.

Friday, October 05, 2007 5:08:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 04, 2007

Inveneo is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to get the tools of ICT into the hands of organizations and people who need them most - those in remote and rural communities in the developing world. To do this, Inveneo creates and sells highly affordable and sustainable ICTs that are specifically designed for organizations- governments, NGOs, private enterprises - that serve these rural communities with vital services that include education, healthcare, economic development, relief and telecentres.

During September 2007, CNN showed a programme about the work of Inveneo in rural Uganda where the co-founder, Kristin Peterson stated that she regarded providing ICT to rural areas as important as providing food.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 3:49:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A presentation on the ITU-D Question 17-2/2: Progress on activities for e-services/applications in the world was given on 25 September 2007 by Robert Shaw, head of the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division (CYB) of the Telecommunication Development Sector to the ITU-D Study Group 2. The presentation discusses the different e-Application areas in the division such as e-Environment, e-Government and e-Health. More on the CYB ICT Applications activities here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:08:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Portuguese Government and the European Commission are jointly organising the fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference entitled “Reaping the Benefits of eGovernment” in Lisbon from 19 to 21 September 2007.

Topics to be covered during the workshops at the conference include the analysis of experience and results of the e-government initiatives at European level such as:

  • Research and Technological Development in Electronic Government;
  • Public Sector Innovators;
  • eGovernment standards;
  • Benefits for All derived from Electronic Government;
  • Benefits of the electronic infrastructure in e-government, e-health and e-learning.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 1:24:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 13, 2007

At the first Regional Conference on Literacy taking place in Mali this week, Angola's Minister of Education underlined the importance of literacy skills to foster health prevention in Africa as the Angola Press Agency reported yesterday via All Africa.

In order to reach the objectives of the National Plan of Education for All by 2015, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now used as tools to promote autodidactic learning and to train citizens on matters related to health primary care, personal hygiene, HIV/Aids and environment.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 10:32:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 23, 2007

The World Health Organization launched its annual leading publication focusing on building a safer future in public health. The World Health Report 2007 shows how and why the world is at increasing risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases across borders, natural and man-made disasters and other health emergencies that can rapidly become threats to global public health security.

Information and communication technologies used in surveillance, monitoring and response networks are mentioned as tools to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases. The report says that the prospect of a safer future would be within reach - and that this would be both a collective aspiration and a mutual responsibility.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:27:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Australia announced a national strategy on deploying health records available over the internet to every citizen, as The Canberra Times reported yesterday. Patients would be able to securely access their medical claims and rebates over public networks as of 2008. Later on, patients would have online access to their pharmaceutical benefits schemes claims. Eventually, Australians would have access to their individual digital files, which would be automatically updated by health service providers.

A parallel initiative is focusing on ensuring effective follow-up medical care for indigenous children in remote areas. Depending on the patient’s or their parents’ authorization, health professionals would be able to access their digital records to support ongoing care.

(The full article "Aust health histories to be accessible on internet" by Danielle Cronin health reporter, Canberra Times, 21 August 2007, is not available freely online.)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:45:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two Ethiopian hospitals have been linked with a specialist hospital in India, which allows doctors to obtain real-time second opinion over the internet, as BBC News reported on 16 July 2007.

The pilot project focusing on a hospital in Addis Ababa and on a provincial one located 300 km away from the capital would likely be followed-up by connecting a total of 20 more hospitals into the network. For the first five years, India will run the project free of charge.

The technical platform facilitates sharing of patients' data between healthcare professionals (such as X-rays, laboratory tests, etc.); health workers in remote areas have better access to medical expertise without moving over long and time-consuming distances.

In order to improve secondary education and access to medical expertise, 23 African countries are already in the loop for a similar project agreed between India and the African Union.

To read the full article, click here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:13:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The New York Times reported on 14 August 2007 that Google and Microsoft are separately developing a system of online health records, which would allow individuals to store, retrieve and provide personal health data to doctors, hospitals, insurers, laboratories, etc. as desired.

Data would been directly uploaded onto these records by health service providers, but access to the information (through PCs, mobile telephones and other digital devices) would be controlled by the patient. The health data stored on the personal online record would also lead their owners to locating relevant health-related information on the web (including advertisements that would likely fund the system).

Other companies specialized in digital health records and search engines are working on similar systems. To eventually reach end-users significant security and privacy issues will have to be resolved in fine-tuning these services

To read more, click here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 2:18:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2007

On 16 July 2007, the European Commission issued a set of draft recommendations on eHealth interoperability. This supports the idea that connecting people, systems, and services would be vital for the provision of good healthcare in Europe.

The lack of interoperability in systems and services has long been identified as one of the major challenges to the wider implementation of the Union's e-Health applications.

The goal of this Recommendation is to contribute to enabling the provision of a means of authorised healthcare professionals to gain managed access to essential health information about patients, subject to the patients' consent, and with full regard for data privacy and security requirements. Such information could include the appropriate parts of a patient's electronic health record, patient summary and emergency data from any place in Europe: within countries, in cross-border regions, and between countries.

The proposed actions cover the following areas:

  • The overall (political/legal) level of eHealth interoperability inclusing privacy and confidentiality
  • Creating the organisational framework (or process) for e-Health interoperability
  • Applications (including semantic) interoperability
  • Architectural and technical interoperability including security, certification and accreditation
  • Monitoring and evaluation

For full information, click here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:15:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 10, 2007

The Journal Record reported on a hospital group in Oklahoma City, USA that is developing a technology program to better connect its hospitals and clinics in the metropolitan area with its seven rural hospitals. This program uses the existing hospitals’ infrastructure, and will cost USD 30,000 to develop. It will initially focus on fetal monitoring and on sharing records amongst hospitals, which will allow doctors to assist patients at different locations in remote areas. 

Read the full article here.

Friday, August 10, 2007 1:26:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, July 28, 2007

In order to ensure transparent procurement at reduced costs in Chinese hospitals, the China Medical Equipment Association (CMEA) under the auspice of the Ministry of Health will draw up a recommended list of medical equipment to be used for purchasing decisions. The list will be based on an open and fair assessment of medical equipment considering the needs of the partners involved (including the government, hospitals and manufacturers), according to CMEA. Purchases should be made by the Ministry's International Communication and Cooperation Center.

Furthermore, China earmarked 1.2 bln yuan (about 157.9 million USD) to purchase medical equipment for hospitals in the country's poor rural areas through government procurement and public bidding. As mentioned by an official of the Ministry of Health, the list of new equipment would include electro-cardiographs, ultrasound scanners, operation beds and respiratory mechanics.

For more information, see Xinhua News Agency and here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:35:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 23, 2007

The Africa Health Infoway is a World Health Organization (WHO) project supported by the Department for International Development (DfiD) that aims to provide a technology platform that supports the collection of sub national health data and statistics for analysis, dissemination and use to facilitate decision making in health, and strengthen capacity of African countries to use information in decision making. It is a district-based public health information network for African health which focuses on infostructure and connectivity, district health information systems, and knowledge translation into policy and action.

For more information on the Africa Health Infoway, click here.


Monday, July 23, 2007 3:31:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 28, 2007
A North American corporation focused on acquiring versatile and profitable companies in the IT sector "...has received an order for a turnkey DICOM archive solution [...] to be deployed within Saskatchewan's Provincial health care region. The order is significant and unprecedented as it represents the first of its kind in Canada. The [...] Image Manager is a secure, open-system software solution for transporting, storing, tracking and retrieval of digital images across an entire DICOM network.

To view the full article by On The Go Technologies Group as published by GRIDtoday on 28 May 2007, click here.

Monday, May 28, 2007 4:48:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 24, 2006

In response to the needs for health information management, ITU-T Study Group 16 has also developed the ITU-T SG 16 Technical Paper TP.RTM "Roadmap for Telemedicine" which aims to define the areas in which a set of open global international standards for e-health applications is currently needed.

To read more about the ITU-T Study Group 16's work on e-health, visit their E-Health and Standardization section.

Friday, November 24, 2006 4:55:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |