WTDC14 Highlights: Issue N°8, 7 April 2014: eHealth

Charting the digital future for healthcare

ITU’s commitment to eHealth underlined in Dubai

The ITU has renewed its commitment to help accelerate the global development and adoption of health information and communication technologies to improve healthcare and bring down costs, particularly in developing countries.

At a special event on “Technical Requirements for Large Scale Deployment of eHealth Innovations” held on the sidelines of WTDC-14 Mr. Yushi Torigoe, Deputy Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), speaking on behalf of the BDT Director, Mr. Brahima Sanou, said “There is strong evidence that smart, innovative solutions, such as mobile technologies can facilitate healthcare, save lives and cut healthcare costs on an unprecedented scale and can make a real difference to people around the world,” and noted that many current efforts to develop eHealth are “duplicative and fragmented” which adds to its cost and complexity.

In light of these problems there is a pressing need for an integrated and holistic platform approach to the deployment of scalable eHealth solutions that reflect appropriate integration, respect regulatory boundaries and apply relevant open and shared standards in order to break down barriers to a more widespread uptake of eHealth.

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