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Action Line IFM
C7: e-Health

Organised by WHO

Wednesday 12 May 2010, 11:15–12:45
Room L

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The World Summit on the Information Society's Action Line C7 on e-Health calls for collaborative efforts of governments, planners, health professionals, and other agencies along with the participation of international organizations for creating reliable, timely, high quality and affordable health care and health information systems . It further calls for promoting medical training, education, and research through the use of ICTs, while respecting and protecting citizens’ right to privacy.

Objective of the meeting:
To review progress and challenges of e-Health 5 years after the WSIS Tunis phase and to debate about what should be the priorities for the future.

*English & French interpretation will be made available.

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The Meeting will consist of 3 short presentations followed by an open debate with the audience in an interactive Question-and-Answer session.


Welcome and overview of the Action Line for e-Health, WHO


This introduction to the Action line will highlight the main elements and some of the unforeseen challenges to achieving the WSIS targets.


WHO's Global e-Health Survey, Misha Kay, WHO


From building ICT and policy foundations to deploying experimental projects, countries are implementing e-Health in a myriad of ways. This session will share the findings from the World Health Organization Global Observatory for eHealth 2009 country survey on e-Health. The survey represents a unique global effort to assess progress, gaps and approaches countries are taking to address their health needs using ICTs.


WHO-ITU-World Bank effort to support National e-Health Roadmaps, Hani Eskandar, ITU


Observation of e-Health status in many countries reflects a landscape of isolated, small scale applications unable to effectively communicate and to share information with other health systems or to scale up to support a larger patient and care provider base. This isolation can also undermine the ability of decision makers to understand the health situation in the country, to drive meaningful planning or to guide policy formulation. Lack of a strategic framework and roadmap to guide national e-Health development can result in uncoordinated efforts, wasted resources and the failure of e-Health solutions to achieve desired health outcomes. In this session, a new joint effort between WHO-ITU-World Bank to support the elaboration of National e-Health Roadmaps will be presented.


Looking ahead for e-Health: Hearing from the stakeholders, A Q&A debate facilitated by Denise Silber, Basil Strategies


What does the future hold for e-Health? What should be the role of public and private actors? What are some of the shared challenges and how could they be addressed? Are the WSIS targets still relevant? This interactive Question- and-Answer session with the audience will enable all perspectives to be heard. Come share your views in this audience debate, led by e-Health expert and moderator Denise Silber, Basil Strategies.

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