GHF2012 – PS11 – E-Health: No Evaluation, No Scale-up

Session Outline

Parallel session PS11, Wednesday, April 18 2012, 16:00-17:30, Room 2
This round table is organised in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union and the Division of eHealth and Telemedicine at Geneva University Hospitals
Chair(s): Antoine Geissbuhler, Division of eHealth and Telemedicine at Geneva University Hospitals
Summary: Establishing an evidence base about the many dimensions of eHealth is important in order to inform decision-makers, learn from the many ongoing experiences, and identify further needs for research in eHealth. This is particularly true now that the domain is gaining significant political momentum and thus raises expectations that eHealth should help strengthening health systems worldwide. We see this evidence base as necessary to justify and mobilize resources for large-scale deployments of eHealth tools.

The session, organized in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union, will address challenges and opportunities for evaluating the impact of eHealth as it is now being increasingly deployed in various settings in low- and middle-income countries.
H.E. Housseynou Amady Ba, Minister of Health of Mauritania
Minister Ba will present the challenges faced by the Mauritanian health system and explain how telemedicine and eHealth can bring some solutions. He will focus on the need for scaling-up in order to reach MDGs as they relate to health of the populations.
Mohammad Solaiman Amirzada, Mirwais Hospital, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Dr Suleiman will describe the challenges of working in a hospital situated in a conflict zone, and show how regular telemedicine activities can improve the management of patients, but also the skills and motivation of care professionals.
Line Kleinebreil, Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale, Paris, France
Dr Kleinebreil will present telemedicine and distance continuing education projects to improve the management of diabetic patients in Sub-saharan Africa. She will highlight the need for capacity building of care professionals for chronic diseases management, and the potential of eLearning as a mechanism for scaling-up and reaching isolated care professionals.
Katherine de Tolly, Cell-Life, South Africa
Mrs. De Tolly will present the large-scale experiences of using innovative eHealth and mobile health solutions for the management of HIV and tuberculosis patients, in particular in rural areas.
Cheikh Oumar Bagayoko, Center of Excellence for Telemedicine and eHealth, Bamako, Mali
Dr Bagayoko will present the setting and early results of a large evaluation study on the various impacts of telemedicine in isolated district hospitals in Mali, where care professionals are supported via continuing education, access to tele-expertise and the ability to use advanced diagnostic tools under remote expert supervision.
Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing at WHO Headquarters (TBC)
Dr Al-Shorbaji will present a a policy perspective about the need for evaluation of eHealth and telemedicine as a prerequisite for wider adoption and scale-up.

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