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Workshop on "Radioactivity safety and security threats protection and telemedical support for irradiated people"
Geneva, Switzerland 30 August 2011 (P.M.)
On behalf of the ITU I would like to welcome all participants to this workshop on "Radioactivity safety, security threats protection, and telemedical support for irradiated people"

Advances in medical science on one hand, and information and communication technology on the other, are today offering increased opportunities for improving access to and quality of health care.

E-health needs the transmission of information of various kinds of data. Clearly this has to have a high degree of reliability and security.

Communication protocols are being developed in ITU in collaboration with ISO and IEC to ensure this security.

Biometric data plays an increasingly important role in enhancing security of data.

The Fukushima nuclear accident has illustrated the importance of telemedicine for the caring of populations living in affected areas as well as the rescue workers operating there.

At this workshop we can profit from the experiences from Japan and from the Chernobyl incident in 1986.

There should no longer be a need to expose medical staff to radiation thanks to modern technology.

ITU-T SG 17 is currently developing a new set of Recommendations (X.1092 series) which includes an open and secure protocol to transmit medical data and allow remote diagnostic and treatment.

This will be ideal for the transmission of data to remote medical centres.

ITU-T SG 17 has also developed a Common Alerting Protocol in collaboration with OASIS for all types of alerts and notifications.

And since 2002 SG17 has been developing the Telebiometric Multimodal Model – framework for the specification of security and safety aspects of telebiometrics.

The objective of this workshop is to review these activities in ITU-T and related activities in other organisations in particular ISO and IEC.

I am pleased that we have presentations from many of the leading experts in this field, including Dr. Carr from WHO. We are very keen to increase collaboration with WHO in this important area of international standardisation.

I would like to thank all presenters and the organisers for putting together this workshop.

I am sure it will be a very informative workshop and I wish you all an enjoyable afternoon.


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