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ITU-T Study Group 16 Work on E-health
E-health and Standardization
The evolution of advanced digital telecommunication techniques has enabled the development of multimedia systems to support e-health  applications, in particular in the area of telemedicine.

In order to allow for a wide deployment of e-health applications (with an initial focus on telemedicine applications), in particular in developing countries, it is important to achieve interoperability among systems and to reduce the cost of devices through economies of scale. Consequently, the development of global international standards with the involvement of the major players (such as governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, medical institutions and medical doctors) is a key factor to achieve these objectives.

In the Standardization Sector of the ITU (ITU-T), this is handled by Question 28/16 (Multimedia framework for e-health applications), which focuses on standardization of Multimedia Systems to support e-health applications. Question 28 is allocated under ITU-T Study Group 16, which is the Lead Study Group on ubiquitous applications (“e-everything”, such as e-health and e-business). This high-level Question will coordinate the technical standardization of multimedia systems and capabilities for e-health applications in ITU-T and will develop corresponding Recommendations.
How to participate
The Rapporteur group meets regularly at scheduled Study Group 16 meetings (check here for the schedule of meetings) and conducts interim work via correspondence ( Subscription to this mailing list can be obtained using the TIES interface (for TIES account holders); alternatively, subscription can be requested to the ITU-T SG 16 Secretariat.
Study Items
  • Multimedia framework (including overall concept) for e-health applications (and Telemedicine, in particular)
  • Roadmap for e-health (including Telemedicine) standards
  • Generic architecture for e-health applications (and Telemedicine, in particular)
  • Specific system characteristics for e-health applications (e.g. video and still picture coding, audio coding, security, directory architecture, etc)
Related Links
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Inventory of existing e-health / Telemedicine standards
  • Roadmap for e-health / Telemedicine standards, compiling and analysing standardisation requirements from e-health stakeholders and identifying standardization items with priorities
  • Involvement within the eHealth Standardization Coordination Group (eHSCG)
  • Provide inputs for extension and improvement of existing Recommendations on MM-Systems (e.g. H.323, H.264, V.18, ...)
  • Develop new Recommendations if necessary
Available Deliverables
Management Contacts
  • Q 28/16 Rapporteur
    Vicente TRAVER
    BET/Electronic Engineering Department
    ITACA - Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
    Camino de Vera s/n Valencia 46022
    Tel.: + 34 96 387 7606
    Fax: + 34 96 387 7609
  • ITU-T SG 16 Chairman
    Pierre-André PROBST
    6, chemin Isaac-Marchand
    CH1290 Versoix
    Tel: +41 22 950 0507
    Fax: +41 22 950 0506
  • ITU-T SG 16 Counsellor
    Simão Ferraz DE CAMPOS NETO
    Place des Nations
    CH1211 Geneva 20
    Tel.: +41 22 730 6805
    Fax: +41 22 730 5853


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