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ITU Sec-Gen emphasizes key role of technology in next-generation healthcare

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Dr Touré at the GETHealth Summit in New York

6-7 February, New York, United States

Dr Hamadoun Touré reinforced ITU’s commitment to e-health at the first-ever Global Education, Technology and Health Summit (GETHealth Summit), which was held at United Nations headquarters in New York on February 6-7, co-hosted by ITU and the Governments of Ethiopia, Norway, Rwanda and Uganda, with the support of the UN Office for Partnerships and a number of key US and international partners.
 
The event brought together a global audience of health care providers, researchers, educators, and health administrators, as well as leaders in the pharmaceutical, business, philanthropic, and technological fields. Broadband Commissioners Amir Dossal, Reza jafari, Suvi Lindén and Jeff Sachs also took part in the Summit.  
 
In his opening keynote address, Dr Touré spoke of the role of ICTs as key enablers in every facet of human activity - from healthcare and education to energy, transportation, government, entertainment, innovation and enterprise. Noting that two thirds of the world's population – some 4.5 billion people – are still offline, he challenged participants to come up with innovative solutions through new forms of partnership and alliances. 
 
The two-day summit covered a diverse range of topics around global education and technology. In depth plenary sessions focused on IT infrastructure, distance learning platforms, the Millennium Development Goals, ICT4D, gender empowerment, public-private partnerships, policy development, health education and research and social media.