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    and executive relationships with customers and partners Excerpts from the interview egov Why are eHealth initiatives significant Adaire Fox Martin The importance of quality healthcare cannot be understated However more and more citizens and governments around the world are deeply concerned about the sustainability of their healthcare systems In several countries healthcare expenditure will grow at a faster pace than their economic growth 20 of GDP by 2014 in US With public health spending set to rise in the coming years and new initiatives taken as a result of the reforms the Departments of Health Medical and Family Welfare will face challenges This requires a robust Health Information System to provide decision support operational managerial and strategic enhance evidence based policy making and undertake effective monitoring leading to improved accountability and effectiveness at all levels of the health system egov What are the characteristics of healthcare industry and what should eHealth address A Fox Healthcare systems involve a complex web of stakeholders including hospitals primary care organisations the pharmaceutical industry research and medical technology companies health insurers medical professionals the government and of course patients The players are acutely aware that healthcare can only be effectively addressed with the cooperation of all participants Also studies carried out for the White House have found that as much as 300 billion is spent each year on healthcare that does not improve patient outcomes treatment that is unnecessary inappropriate inefficient or ineffective This necessitates that integrated eHealth addresses the Effectiveness of Health Governance to improve the administration of human financial and other resources directly or indirectly involved in the delivery of healthcare services Delivery of healthcare through Preventive Curative and Epidemic management Reliable and timely information egov Does integrated eHealth have examples globally A Fox There are many inspiring examples of changes happening

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    eLearning Africa 2013 set to subject eHealth to a detailed examination the news service explored a few initiatives that offer a promising prognosis for Africa s health sector writes Matthew Labrooy Whether they are collating data on disease monitoring health trends combating misinformation or facilitating cooperation between medical centres African eHealth initiatives are leading the way towards higher standards of health eHealth is becoming more relevant to regional needs in Africa by addressing local issues associated with the paucity of medical centres in rural areas However there is uncertainty as to whether the current eHealth model will be as effective on a larger scale A recent study found that the major challenges for eHealth in Africa are The complexity of ensuring interoperability and integration of information systems and securing privacy of information and finding sustainable financing required for large scale use of mobile phone technology in resource limited settings 1 Nevertheless it is clear that eHealth initiatives are urgently required as found in a second report into the effectiveness of such mobile initiatives Many of these deadly conditions are relatively simple to treat prevent or contain For HIV patients simple weekly text reminders have consistently shown higher adherence amongst the

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    However inspite of advances mHealth faces a lot of challenges says Jaclyn Schiff correspondent at Devex As mobile technology advances and expands it could change the way health care is delivered around the globe Six billion people or 87 percent of the world had mobile subscriptions by the end of last year up from 5 4 billion in 2010 according to the International Telecommunication Union In India alone the market for mobile health interventions will be worth 557 million by 2017 PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts This development has had investors and aid groups pouring money into mHealth the practice of using mobile devices for medicine and public health practices Earlier this year for instance the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation committed 9 9 million to the mHealth Alliance founded in 2009 by the Rockefeller Foundation Vodafone Foundation and United Nations Foundation Related networks include the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action and TechChange which offers an online mHealth certificate course Research institutions like Johns Hopkins University s Bloomberg School of Public Health are adding mHealth courses to their curriculum As the mHealth field grows it has now become a common belief that technology will play a growing role in building health capacity in

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    for malaria tuberculosis and other common diseases Image credits India Weekender The library will help researchers to develop drugs for treatment of diseases for the poor Indian traditional knowledge could soon help researchers develop new drugs for diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis because of plans to make some of this knowledge publicly available The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library TKDL has been in development since 2001 More than 200 researchers are compiling and translating traditional knowledge based on some 150 ancient texts and documenting around 200 000 medicines It aims to legitimise traditional knowledge and protect it from bio piracy and patent claims by providing information to patent offices for cross checking of new applications So far access to the TKDL has been restricted to agreed users mainly patent offices worldwide for fear of it being misused for commercial purposes according to V K Gupta the library s director Now there are plans to release a small part of the information which focuses on diseases of the poor into the public domain said Samir Brahmachari Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR where the project is hosted A proposal is lying with us to put the one per cent of the TKDL meant for diseases like cholera malaria and tuberculosis TB into the public domain he said at an international conference held in New Delhi recently which examined how India s example in protecting traditional knowledge could be used around the world Brahmachari said that the newly available information will be used for the Open Source Drug Discovery project OSDD started by the CSIR in 2008 Zakir Thomas project director of the OSDD said the information will encourage serious scientific research into diseases of the poor Research on these diseases which usually affect the poor in

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    in modern ICT are the key to enable people greater and more equitable access to health services Particularly using mobile devices to collect and Related topics regions Mobiles Centre for Knowledge Studies launches BIL to open new Gates of hope A coalition of private and public players in India launch an initiative designed to alter the face of social welfare around the country starting with its most Related topics regions Innovations Afghan telemedicine project expedites patient diagnosis A tele radiology machine in a Bamyan hospital is attracting patients as remote diagnosis with experts in Kabul save money and travel The project is also Related topics regions Connectivity Dial for m healthcare in Bangladesh This new m initiative in Bangladesh allows patients to receive free advice from health workers and prenatal health alerts 24 7 via mobile Patients can even Related topics regions Access to knowledge Mobile and connected devices to drive preventive health Abhay Barhanpurkar Solution Architect Symphony Teleca Corporation speaks how mobile and connected device technology will transform the health care landscape Related topics regions Health Internet makes healthcare accessible to prostitutes in London GreenNet a not for profit Internet Service provider and Open Doors Sexual Health Clinic London has built an online platform which will make healthcare Related topics regions Internet Radio workshop teaching youth healthy habits A UNICEF sponsored radio workshop is training youths in Liberia to record write and produce radio stories By educating on emergencies and post crisis Related topics regions United Nations Computer games helping to check diabetes Didget system a new portable console game developed by Nintendo DS owners will encourage diabetic children to test their blood sugar levels regularly and win Related topics regions Innovations Doctor on Call on your mobile phone now A first of its kind doctor on call service brings instant medical assistance to patients through the phone Related topics regions Health Cyberknife boost to cancer care Cancer patients suffering from critical tumors are offered a ray of hope by a robot radiotherapy machine that offers more accurate treatment with minimal side Related topics regions Health Extending x ray vision Using locally developed open source software doctors in Mali can send digital copies of x rays via the internet to the main city hospital in Bamako for Related topics regions Innovations Watching while you work and play BBC Click reporter David Reid visits a project in the south of France where digital technology is giving freedom to hospital patients and the vulnerable Related topics regions Disability Texting disease away Alerta DISAMAR a mobile phone based health project is helping doctors in the Peruvian navy to report and track disease outbreaks even in remote areas and ask Related topics regions Disease People get a virtual seat at the G8 summit UNICEF has launched a website to mobilise support for social protection measures ahead of the G8 summit in L Aquila Italy this week Through this interactive Related topics regions Disease New technology helps track drug shortage in Kenya Out of

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    The model of OSS is perfectly suited for India as users have the choice of software programs whose code they can freely modify change deploy and redistribute it The ability to modify the source code leads to greater innovation This is why Linux runs on a vast variety of hardware platforms from the Mars Rover to giant supercomputers to tiny embedded computers Open source gives power back to the users and enables them to modify the source code to suit their needs Power to the people The open source model and its three tenets of community collaborations and shared ownership of intellectual resources can have tremendous benefits for countries especially in the area of education and e Governance In education for instance the Government of India has embarked upon an aggressive plan of spending approximately six percent of its GDP on modernising its education system The IT Policy of the Government of India incorporates provisions to develop human resources for IT in the country including literacy programmes and Internet access at school level The cost of computerising an education system that consists of 12 30 200 educational institutions and 231 million children in the age group of 6 19 can only be imagined If each of India s 12 30 200 educational institutions were to be computerised using the bare essential proprietary operating systems and application software the cost at current market rates would touch an astronomical sum of over INR 1000 crores Even assuming that monopoly software vendors give their software free of cost for educational purposes the benefits of this flow back to the vendor because students who grow up using this software will ultimately have to purchase the software at prices dictated by the vendor As these students grow up and become part of the next 100 million IT users in India the foreign exchange outflow involved will be huge if they are dependent on proprietary software And we haven t yet begun talking about the cost of educational software programs that need to run on top of the operating systems The Department of Information Technology DIT Government of India has recognised the relevance of open source in its efforts to increase PC penetration and bridge the digital divide Why open source makes perfect sense for India India represents the aspirations of a billion people And open source is the ideal vehicle for quickly bringing the benefits of mass computerisation at a reduced cost Even when you view it from the point of localisation open source represents tremendous opportunities For a nation that has close to 22 official languages Linux is an ideal platform for making technology accessible to the majority of the population of India that does not speak English Many localisation groups in India that are working on bringing Indian language computing to the masses have embraced open source software and Linux as their de facto standard Since proprietary software vendors did not take the initiative to localise their operating systems and applications to Indian

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    driven society there is danger of its misuse and abuse Technology for learning Distance Education efficaciously uses components of technology holistically where classroom teaching is also a significant methodology But technology aided instruction complements the study texts and weaves a complex fabric into the intricacies of learning and teaching The furious clamour for e Learning in the form of Internet and mobile learning characterises our demand for learning and training The world of work and the world of education are intimately connected as the Delors Commission Report UNESCO 1996 posits so aptly But more than technological vision it is the technological appositeness or appropriateness that is important e Learning is a composite compendium of technologies including the print material as print is the most primal form of technological intervention in education Synchronous and asynchronous learning is a technology created potential unleashing borderless education My experience as an academic administrator in the Indira Gandhi National Open University for the last sixteen years or so has enabled me to understand not only the perspicacious utility of technology but its subjective appropriateness What is advantageous in one local condition is not so in another in a heterogeneous society with an intermix of variable levels of social and economic development This is the Indian context Thus contrary to common belief that the radio has now become an outmoded form of technology there has been a resurgence of the radio in the form of FM Channels and the community radio Two way audio and one way video tele interactivity is cost efficient and effective but we have to perhaps intensively reach rural areas which are handicapped by limitations such as paucity of electricity and lack of TV signals In the cities and towns the internet is very popular due to the mushroom growth of cyber

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    WikiEducator Moodle Open Conference Systems OCS OpenOffice application and Open Journal Systems OJS Sagbo Romaric in particular will focus on how Moodle can be customised for different institutional needs Participants will learn how to install and configure it as well as how to make use of the numerous functions available in the Moodle community Open Educational Resources A Better Choice Image credits eLearning Africa Romaric Sagbo Romaric is convinced that VLEs not only offer the same features as commercial learning environments but that they provide many additional benefits in terms of control convenience and transferability Free from locked in code VLEs offer organisations the possibility to tailor all aspects of the code to their needs Content can be moved in and out without third party filters Adopters can take parts of the code within open VLE software and reuse it in other projects or developments And these are just a few of the advantages VLEs offer he says Image credits elearning Africa Felix Olakulehin For Felix Olakulehin the most important aspect is that OERs provide cheaper options for participants from developing countries of Africa to access top quality resources and scholarly exchange OERs provide opportunities for open dialogue on issues of critical importance to a community of scholars where previously unheard voices can ask questions and break the restrictive moulds of traditional academic structures he says However he does not deny the many challenges that adopters who want to make an institution wide roll out have to face African academics he says are still very reluctant to make their teaching learning materials available freely for other groups to access this is usually argued under the guise of maintaining their intellectual property On the one hand management of higher education institutions on the continent have not made adequate arrangements for compensating

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