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1 ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division International Telecommunication Union UN Specialized Agency in Charge of ICTs Presentation ITU ICT Applications Strategies and Resources Develop ment ICT Applica- tions E-health

2 2 e-Applications: A Priority for Development Electrnic health (e-health) is : The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico adopted a new Resolution that calls on ITU to give priority consideration to the expansion of telecommunication/ICT initiatives for e- health. (Resolution PP-183, Guadalajara, 2010) A new Resolution on e-health was also adopted in 2010 at the World Telecommunication Development Conference on Improving access to healthcare services by using information and communication technologies. (Resolution WTDC-65, Hyderabad, 2010) A new Resolution on e-government was also adopted in 2010 at the World Telecommunication Development Conference on More effective adoption of e-government services (Resolution WTDC-74, Hyderabad, 2010)

3 Facilitating national e-health planning 3 A National e-Health Strategy toolkit was Developed that consists of a methodology and set of resources to guide country decision makers to develop their national e-Health strategy and roadmap. The toolkit will be made available March 2012 The toolkit will be followed by rollout activities to disseminate it and to work with countries towards having a national approach to using ICT for Health.

4 Documenting new ICT Applications M-Government 4 Published a report with OECD on Mobile Government for responsive governments and connected society The report documents the use mobile technologies to enhance governments performance, improve public service delivery, and engage citizens and civil society organizations in policy and decision making both in developed and developing countries, The report is available at: D/cyb/app/m-gov.html. D/cyb/app/m-gov.html

5 Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Childrens health 5 ITU co-vice-chaired the Commissions on Information and Accountability for Women and Childrens health that was set up by UN SG to propose a framework for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women's and children's health. ITU in collaboration with WHO provided a background paper on Information and Communication Technologys contribution to accountability for womens and childrens health and the role that ICT could play to enhance accountability for resources and results to fulfil MDG 4 and 5. The paper is available: mmission/ICT_for_Accountability.pdf mmission/ICT_for_Accountability.pdf ITU is also involved in the implementation of the work plan set by the Commission

6 Facilitating e-health infrastructure planning 6 A report entitled Scaling e-Health services in step with ICT transformation was published to provide guidance to e-Health planners on which e-Health services can be deployed immediately with available infrastructure and which additional services can be added as the infrastructure is transformed. The report is available at: D/cyb/app/e-health.html D/cyb/app/e-health.html

7 Facilitating e-health Standardization 7 ITUs Standardization Sector has released a Technology Watch Report that looks to the future of e-health. The report observes that e-health development will require more universal e-health interoperability standards, and strategies to overcome technical infrastructure barriers and address privacy, security, and other legal requirements. The report is available: T/techwatch/Pages/ehealth-standards.aspx T/techwatch/Pages/ehealth-standards.aspx

8 Facilitating e-health Standardization 8 ITU Standardization and Development sectors are planning to strengthen their work on eHealth Standardization in collaboration with WHO and other international organizations. Some activities are already planned such as an international workshop on eHealth Standardization to take place around next April 2012.

9 Wireless Broadband Initiative 9 ITU and WHO have been working together with the ICT industry on the African Health Infoway (AHI), as part of ITUs Wireless Broadband Initiative. WHO will coordinate the development and installation of computer systems, while ITU facilitates the deployment of infrastructure in countries in collaboration with national telecommunication carriers, and other technology partners Expected outcomes : Develop and deploy wireless networks Guarantee capacity for schools and hospitals Train local experts and build human capacity Develop ICT Applications: e-health, e-education, e-government

10 Technical countries assistance 10 Conducted a Country Assessment and Feasibility study in Nepal to identify potential scalable and sustainable Mobile e-Health (mHealth) services for improved health outcomes from 25 th April-7 th May concept notes were proposed for possible mHealth projects

11 Facilitating e-health Information Sharing 11 ITU co-organized with WHO an e-Health Pavilion during the ITU World Telecom October 2011 where there was a very dynamic set of showcases and side talks from around the world The agenda and presentations are available: D/cyb/events/2011/Telecom11/e- health/index.phtml D/cyb/events/2011/Telecom11/e- health/index.phtml

12 Facilitating e-health information sharing 12 ITU organized many events about ICT Applications: Forum on Health Information Systems (HIS) jointly organized by ITU, USAID, WHO, DFID, NORAD in Manila, Philippines, June 2011, Regional meeting on e-Health for Asia Pacific region in Tokyo, Japan that was hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), March 2011, WSIS C7 Facilitation meeting on e-Health held on the 18 th May 2011 in Geneva Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on ICT Applications was held on May 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

13 Remaining Challenges 13 Problems achieving interoperable e-Health applications Need for improved evidence of the economic and social benefits of e-Health Many pilots for e-Health projects exist, but scalability is an issue Improved communication between telecom and health sectors

14 14 Conclusions/Key messages telecommunication and healthcare sectors The introduction of e-Health applications requires multidisciplinary collaboration and the telecommunication and healthcare sectors have to work together eHealth Master Plan and a Roadmap Developing countries urgently need a strategic document – eHealth Master Plan and a Roadmap Successful e-Health services require commitment to national strategies promote national strategies and facilitate capacity building Successful e-Health services require commitment to national strategies promote national strategies and facilitate capacity building

15 International Telecommunication Union Enhanced Collaboration in Europe Region Europe Coordination Unit and ICT Applications Division International Telecommunication Union Presentation European Regional Initiative on E-Applications, Including E-Health (m-Health) Concept Presentation E- Applications E- Health M- Health

16 European Regional Initiatives WTDC-10 Resolution 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010) WTDC-10 Resolution 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010) E-accessibility in Central and Eastern Europe (Internet and digital television) for blind people and people with visual impairment problems Digital broadcasting ICT applications, including e-health Standardized Process for Implementation Standardized Process for Implementation 1.Identification of the challenge at the RPM level 2.WTDC decision on regional initiative 3.Background Material 4.Consultative Meeting 5.Proposal of Project Document 6.Feedback of Membership 7.Implementation of Project 16

17 M-Health: Emerging Challenges Technology and Business Technical feasibility Standardization Interoperability, scalability Ubiquitous health services Nomad access, mobile voice, data National, regional, international Cloud computing ICT and Healthcare ecosystems User acceptance and demand New models for healthcare Reimbursement models Regulation and Policy Liability Service providers, network or infrastructure operators, manufacturers Policy makers and regulators: Telecom vs. Health regulation Definition of medical device certification, quality assurance Security and privacy issues Medical confidentiality Data protection and retention AAA: Authorization and authentication, accounting Universal service obligation Ubiquitous healthcare service 17

18 ITU Europe Regional Initiative on E- applications, including E-health Focus Focus: Europe Region (43 Countries) Objective: Objective: To share best practices in the implementation of e-applications, including e-health. Expected results : Expected results : 1.Faster and easier storage of, transmission of and access to medical data and health-related information for healthcare providers and professionals, citizens/patients, academics, researchers, policy-makers and others 2.Capacity building and improved delivery of healthcare services, particularly in rural and remote areas 3.Reduction of operational and administrative costs in implementing healthcare services 18

19 Proposed Way Forward for Technology and Business Concept Paper Legal and Regulatory Issues Concept Paper Preliminary Web Research on e-Health and m-Health in Europe Track OneTrack Two Elaboration of the Project Document Background Paper Technology and Business Background Paper Legal and regulation ITU Experts Group Meeting of Regional Initiative for Europe on ICT Applications, in particular e-Health: m-Health: Towards Care, Cure and Prevention (25-26 September, Geneva) Workshop Report and PublicationReview of the Project Document Fundraising Partnership Building Increased Participation and Scale up of Activities

20 Phase Two: Towards Concrete Deliverables and Impact 20 Comprehensive report on m- health with two tracks E-Repository of m-health case studies Regulatory and policy assessment kit Twinning programme for transfer of knowledge Direct assistance to countries European Member States and other Stakeholders

21 International Telecommunication Union Thank you very much for your attention! Europe Coordination Unit, BDT (EUR) International Telecommunication Union ICT Applications Division, BDT International Telecommunication Union

22 Additional Resources ITU statistical database of ICT indicators per country and region ( Expert aid in drafting and implementing national e-Health projects ( Training opportunities ( Policy and regulatory reports and symposia ( Regional office in Addis Ababa to support Member States in Africa ( 22

23 Thank You! For more information on ITUs ICT Applications Activities visit the website at: or contact

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