A new ITU-T
Report envisions the future of eHealth. eHealth systems
use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the delivery of
healthcare services and information hold great promise for improving global
access to healthcare services and health information, particularly in the
developing world. Delivering on this promise requires more universal eHealth
interoperability standards, overcoming technical infrastructure barriers, and
addressing privacy, security, and other legal requirements. These and other
issues are addressed by experts of ITU-T Study Groups 16
other standardization bodies.
In December 2010, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun
Touré joined the World Health Organisation Commission on women’s and children’s
, in which he serves as co-Vice Chair, alongside WHO Director-General
Dr Margaret Chan. Dr Touré contributes his expertise in the field of ICTs as
tools to advance and improve healthcare.
The report, by Dr Laura DeNardis of Yale University,
presents a snapshot of the current eHealth standardization landscape, describes
some obstacles that must be overcome, and identifies the emerging
standardization opportunities and activities within the ITU that will
contribute to the global deployment of efficient and secure eHealth
It can be downloaded from a dedicated
which provides additional sources of information and links to ITU activities
related to eHealth.
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