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    Choice OneWorld South Asia Info IT industry in India Women still not on top Though IT is now one of the hottest careers of choice for Indian women they still play second fiddle to men in most companies A recent survey by Kelly Related topics regions Economy Closing mobile s gender divide Ken Banks founder of kiwanja net a platform that helps social innovators entrepreneurs and NGOs to make better use of ICTs analyses the potential of mobile Related topics regions Mobiles Google India to help 50 mn women get online in one year Google India will create awareness about the benefits of Internet for women and empower them through digital literacy initiative Related topics regions Internet Bangladesh to have first women news agency Television News Agency the first news agency to be run by a corps of female broadcast journalists will be launched in Bangladesh this month Headed by a Related topics regions Media Arab region making inroads for women in technology A major partnership between key business and a technology firms aims to draw Arab women into technical fields and empower them to become future technology Related topics regions Information Maternal health tips on mobiles USAID along with

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?b_start:int=30&Subject:list=Gender (2016-02-17)
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    Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World Publisher United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation 2009 The transformational power of mobile networks and devices is helping drive the adoption of scalable and sustainable health initiatives particularly in the developing world The long term goal and expectation underlying all these efforts is that mHealth programs will have a significant and lasting positive impact on health outcomes such as reduced infant mortality longer life spans and decreased contraction of disease Image credits UN Foundation Cover page of the report This publication through its research and selection of case studies evidences the potential of mHealth the use of mobile communications mobile phones and PDAs for health services and information This field has the potential to transform the approach to a variety of healthcare challenges in the developing world by accelerating the collection and storage of patient data training rural professionals with health updates and guidance and personalising to new levels the process of patients receiving and engaging in available medical treatment As the case studies in the report demonstrate governments companies and non profit groups are already developing mHealth applications to improve healthcare and consequently save lives These new mobile applications

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/mobile-technology-for-global-health/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    local community Based on the progress made in Melaghar the project was extended to 10 blocks in West Tripura district It also included setting up of an independent wireless network with bandwidth of 256 Kbps to be expanded up to 2Mbps The 10 Vision Centres that were commissioned in August and September 2008 are presently screening over eight patients per day The technology The connectivity network built for the Vision Centre includes a number of base stations that are installed on top of PoPs in every cluster covered by the network The wireless network is deployed to operate with near Line of Sight LoS in most areas and non Line of Sight in some areas This enables to connect Vision Centres by mounting the customer premises equipment on a less than 30 meter tower at all locations have been erected to connect to the NOC and the data centre at IGM Agartala The MPLS VPN Network supports both Layer 3 and Layer 2 tunneling methods such as IPSec and MPLS for creation of VPNs IPSec tunnels are CPE based The tunnels originate at one customer site and terminate at the other end MPLS is a network based tunneling method that labels categorises and monitors each packet as it traverses the network Since MPLS is an overlay protocol it can operate on top of the IP protocol in the same network without interference When a customer packet comes to the edge router Label Edge Router on MPLS enabled network the packet is encapsulated and tagged with a label also called MPLS shim header and is 32 bits long which is removed only when the packet exits the network As the packet travels through network the routers in the core Label Switch Routers switch rather than route the packets thereby greatly reducing

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tripura-takes-the-ict-route-to-quality-eyecare/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    moved from in clinic consulting to an online model I have seen an increase of patients by nearly 10 times says Sheela Krishnaswamy director wellness ChiHealth in a Bangalore based nutrition and wellness consulting company At ChiHealth users log on and fill a form to get an immediate report on their health status based on which a customised diet plan and lifestyle modifications are recommended We offer a combination of online chats and telephone consultations but if it s more than just a lifestyle issue we recommend a full fledged medical check up says Krishnaswamy Online medical services offer patients a unique opportunity to rate hospitals doctors and compare the outcome of treatments Even traditional healthcare providers are going virtual Online medical services offer patients a unique opportunity to rate hospitals doctors and compare the outcome of treatments It offers a transparency that is beneficial to the patient says Pervez Ahmed CEO and MD Max Healthcare India We are about a year away from launching a complete online healthcare model for patients at our hospitals he adds Currently Max Healthcare handles routine queries availability of specialists appointment scheduling online In future patients will also have online access to their complete medical records Information anytime anywhere New Delhi based medical services portal MeraMD com seems set to make this happen in short order In the next six months we will have a database of patients medical records that they can access from anywhere says Anupam Kumar founder MeraMD com which is positioning itself as a complementary service to help patients reach the right doctor For instance patients conducting preliminary searches in a specific area say a hip replacement surgery or knee operation can consult a panel of orthopaedics So is the chamber closed for good Most experts see online portals as

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/online-healthcare-becoming-popular-in-india/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Reproductive and Child Health related information services to pregnant and lactating women and their husbands by sending them localised messages in Hindi The registration is done manually to mobilise larger people post which strong community mobilisation is done linking with existing health workers like ASHA ANM Auxiliary Nurse Midwife and Dais Details contact information of the women who register for this campaign manually are recorded on the Content Management System CMS and SMS messages are automatically sent out to the registered users at pre determined periods of time SMS messages get supplemented with specific medical advice on the pre natal care or reminders about specific Reproductive and Child Health RCH tests that need to be carried out by the pregnant and lactating women The registrants receive two messages per week for the 40 weeks of pregnancy norms as per government programmes The messages are sent on nutrition ante natal check up vaccines and iron folic supplements alerts to danger signs which may threaten their pregnancy and support in planning a safe delivery The duration of the programme is for a year instead of nine months The extra three months is included to ensure that the child is in good health post birth The target audience for this programme includes pregnant and lactating mothers community health workers families of the targeted women and health officials as part of the National Rural Health Mission NRHM Health officials and community health officials are targeted because they are the ones who have to ensure that specific medical tests are carried out to give proper pre natal care to these women from time to time Husbands and families of the pregnant women are targeted to gain their acceptance for the project and support their wives during pregnancy So far the project has been implemented in

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/maternal-and-child-health-on-mobile/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    international healthcare company Bupa to collaborate on a global m Health initiative called Be Healthy Be Mobile Bupa and ITU will join forces to provide multidisciplinary expertise health information and mobile technology to fight chronic non communicable diseases NCDs including diabetes cancer cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases in low and middle income countries The programme is led by ITU and the World Health Organization WHO Welcoming the partnership ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré said Non communicable diseases are the single greatest factor contributing to mortality and the overall disease burden in developed countries and emerging economies alike Where m Health is concerned ITU works with WHO to share our long standing experience and our competence in mobile technologies and healthcare as well as our network of partners We are truly excited about the potential of this new partnership with Bupa to help us accelerate the adoption of mobile health interventions worldwide Bupa CEO Stuart Fletcher said Of the 36 million people who died from chronic disease in 2008 nine million were under the age of 60 and 90 per cent of these premature deaths occurred in low and middle income countries m Health is a cost effective and accessible way to get health information and tools to people so that they can keep well and we can reduce the impact of chronic diseases worldwide Through this partnership we will be at the heart of a systemic intervention in healthcare and will help millions of people to live longer healthier happier lives fulfilling our purpose Launched in October 2012 the Be Healthy Be Mobile initiative looks at developing best practices and bringing them to scale and is planned to run for four years initially In its first phase the initiative is focusing on deploying mobile health interventions in areas such

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/itu-and-bupa-to-collaborate-on-m-health-initiative/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    standardise and ensure evidence based expert cancer care through interactive sessions as well as ensure that cutting edge cancer protocols and procedures were available to all The client institution sends the patient details to TMH the Cantelmed site office then arranges a multimodality consultation with TMH specialists Any decision taken is recorded using software The network is also designed to serve as a distance education tool and to benefit research activities The idea was to reduce the isolation of doctors in remote areas and provide the opportunity to offer expert treatment to patients and improve the quality of care Dr Batura explains From plan to action Dr Batura says that the first step was to sensitise the RCCs to the concept of telemedicine and the project plan The details of the objectives and timelines were communicated and feedback was requested Each centre appointed a dedicated staff member to liaise with the Tata Memorial Hospital Based on the feedback from these centres the implementation was planned in phases to ensure the gradual acceptance and integration of the telemedicine services with the cancer care delivery system at the participating institutions The network now covers 30 institutions all of which were provided with documented processes and procedures to be followed for consultation Dr Batura reveals that the most important challenge the project team faced during the implementation was the financial commitment Choosing the communication network and the electronics was a prolonged debate she says The situation lasted until the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO a government agency stepped in and offered 386 kbps satellite connections The ISRO s telemedicine network provides the maximum penetration and usage in India free of charge Dr Batura reveals In addition to the equipment and bandwidth the ISRO extended its support by agreeing to maintain the equipment after the network members suggested that they d be unable to do the work The performance criteria were then formulated based on this connection for evaluation and selection of servers and software Quality service The important aspects considered included user friendliness reliability error tolerance security and privacy service availability as well as service quality Actually it can be effective with a simple webcam and a telephone link Dr Batura says A simple solution does help although it wouldn t provide the depth and breadth of coverage that the current combination of systems offers The equipment provided has proven to be robust Breakdowns which were not unexpected have been kept to a minimum Initially the TMH clinicians expressed varied degrees of doubts over the feasibility and benefits of such a network In addition as staff at the centres was not very technology savvy many were unable to identify or arrange the appropriate facility and manpower to operate the system As the centres gain confidence in the system so the rate of telemedicine usage grows Dr Batura has seen the initial hesitation of clinicians diminish the more they use the system In most centres there is an equal number of patients that require

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/cancer-treatment-on-air-in-india/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    to monitor and diagnose a wide range of diseases We focused on asthmatics first because the NO measuring process is already FDA US Food and drug administration medically approved he told Chemistry World Exhaled nitric oxide has been used as a biomarker for monitoring asthma since 1995 because inflammation in the airways causes elevated levels of NO in breath The mobile phone prototype looks like a normal phone except for an additional small round hole in the top right hand corner that is indistinguishable from a speaker Air breathed into this hole flows down a tube to a carbon nanotube and silicon based sensor that Higgs declined to give any more information on for proprietary reasons The end goal is for the data to be simultaneously transmitted to a healthcare server automatically updating the patient s medical records After five seconds the phone displays both the amount of nitric oxide in the user s breath in parts per billion and a traffic light warning icon indicating if the concentration is normal green slightly elevated amber or high red Higgs explains that the end goal is for the data to be simultaneously transmitted to a healthcare server automatically updating the patient s medical records the software for this part is already in place and also on display this week The server will then send the data to a doctor for analysis and if concerned they would feedback to the patient using text or e mail The idea of having a handheld portable breath monitoring device has been proposed before but this is the first mobile phone based device We are the world first says Higgs Compliance is a major problem in any type of monitoring system the majority of asthma suffers are children and most carry phones all of the time

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/embedded-sensors-in-mobiles-to-monitor-asthma/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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