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The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Health Systems Development

The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Health Systems Development

Basel, 22 April 2008. Documentation of the 11th Symposium of the Swiss Tropical Institute: "We all are confronted with a rapidly changing environment. On one hand never before in human’s history a comparable amount of data, information and knowledge was created  but on the other hand it becomes more and more difficult to find exactly what we need to solve a specific problem. Especially in the development of health systems an effective transfer of evidence into policy or practice is essential as only informed decision makers are able to make the right decisions – especially in settings with limited resources.

Another challenge is the need to train people and to facilitate continuous education which is mandatory to cope with the increasing complexity of our world.

Both, managing information and knowledge as well as the training of people can benefit a lot from the meaningful application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The 11th STI Symposium provided a platform for exchange of expertise on the influence of ICT on the development of health systems. Among the covered areas have been:

  • Telemedicine and eHealth
  • Knowledge Management and eLearning
  • Health Information Systems

From a retrospective point of view at the Symposium we will not only offer you the presentations as pdf file but also a brief introduction into the different subject areas and a short introduction and abstract of each presentation focusing on goals and possible impact of each approach."

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