Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All
May 08, 2012

eHealth in proof and practice: Opportunities and challenges in international health

eHealth in proof and practice: Opportunities and challenges in international health

Basel, 8 May 2012. As one of the leading public and international health institutes in Europe, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is renowned for its multidisciplinary approaches. Our annual symposia are widely recognised as discussion platforms and events to share experiences, bringing pertinent themes and specialities to the forefront.

In 2012 the Swiss TPH will dedicate its Spring Symposium to the hot topic of eHealth. Years ago the concept of ”eHealth” was discussed only in its general manifestations, but of course, things change. The focus of the spring symposium will be on the review of evidence and best practice of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) to enhance health services and population health over the past decade.

The one-day event will look at experiences and technologies along three axes:  a) the validation and evaluation of the use of ICT’s in international health; b) the role of openSource applications and c) the challenges and opportunities of mobile technologies (‘mHealth’).

We invite you to contribute your experience to the event according to the three main themes:

  • What works in practice:  eHealth strategies on paper and in practice; the generation of evidence for successful ICT projects in health; obstacles and promoters of efficient and sustainable projects; scaling-up of pilot initiatives, regulatory challenges, etc.
  • openSource for eHealth:  what makes them different from commercial licences?; cross-border development and maintenance of software; from stand alone applications to web 2.0.
  • Mobile ICT solutions: the potential of mobile connectivity; mobile applications for enhanced service provision, applications for knowledge transfer, applications for learning, applications for…

The Swiss TPH is a member of the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland

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