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The importance of e-Health to improving lives and healthcare delivery is a central topic at this year’s week-long Telecom World 2012, which got underway in Dubai October 14.



ITU will join forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), broadband telecommunications company Verizon, global management consultancy McKinsey and the government of Uganda in a series of sessions focused on  the opportunities and challenges of e-Health to save lives and healthcare costs internationally.

At the event, ITU and WHO will lead the debate on the use of mobile technology to combat non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, in particular via text messaging and apps. Non-communicable diseases are the single greatest factor contributing to mortality and overall disease burden in developed countries and emerging economies alike. Verizon has partnered with ITU to present a session on the wider picture of e-Health today.  A panel including representatives of the ICT and healthcare industries will debate the regulatory, commercial and social barriers to be overcome if we are all to benefit from this transformation in the near future.

Event partner McKinsey will co-host a cross-sector panel session featuring Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General, WHO, to discuss the role of business-to-consumer (B2C) applications in creating sustainable healthcare systems and identifying the new business models and structural changes that will bring about mass market adoption of e-Health applications globally. The government of Uganda will also host a workshop on e-Health opportunities at the event. Uganda, home to a large number of diverse pilot e- and m-health interventions associated with accelerating the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, will draw on its experience to highlight lessons learnt and the need for interoperability and cross-sector cooperation.

“The sessions at ITU Telecom World 2012, and the strength of the contributing panellists and supporting event partners, are indicative of the central importance of e-Health in improving delivery of healthcare and awareness around the world,” says ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “With new developments in mobile technologies and the potential of m-Health, we can bring healthcare into the palm of our hands, wherever we are in the world, revolutionizing lives and impacting on economies.”


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