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GHF2014 – PS28 – Patient-Centric Technology: Innovation for Health

PS28 THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Patient-Centric Technology: Innovation for Health
Mr. Hani Eskandar
ICT Applications Coordinator, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division,  Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU, Switzerland
SPEAKERS (tentative):
Dr. Oliver Harrison
Senior Vice President, Healthways International; Consultant to WHO on mHealth for tackling Non-Communicable Diseases, Switzerland
Mr. Andrés Martin
Head of Digital Strategic Planning, BUPA
Mr. Sameer Pujari
mHEALTH secretariat for WHO and ITU joint program on mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO, Switzerland
Mr. Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto
Counsellor for ITU-T Study Group 16, Secretariat of the ITU Standardization Sector, Switzerland
With the fast pace of technology development and the demand of improved service accessibility and quality, disruptive innovation has been having the perfect environment and opportunity to show its potential. Within healthcare, this mainly took form as the now very well-known field of personalized medicine, which allowed information and services to be more accessible to patients, healthcare professionals as well as the overall public and private sectors. Due to higher interaction between stakeholders, health services accessibility and quality will improve and to meet everyone’s expectations and needs. These technology advances allowed patient’s empowerment as well as the emergence of new services and trends. Special focus has been put on wearable technologies, which with time have been widening its use and purpose besides decreasing in size. Such technologies enabled the self-management of patients with chronic diseases, the improvement of quality of life of elderly and the promotion of healthier behaviors concerning physical activity and nutrition. Smart watches or bracelets track now users’ activities, wireless sensors correct a person’s posture, ingestible sensors are used for drugs’ compliance, biosensing clothing monitor heart rate and activity among many others. Innovation within healthcare has therefore been focused more and more on each person’s unique conditions and needs.The objective of the session is to facilitate a dialog between all stakeholders involved, namely government regarding policy-making and standardization requirements, private sector regarding future technology advances and trends, healthcare providers regarding new opportunities and international organizations regarding required global actions to unlock possible bottlenecks and to address challenges that will accelerate large scale uptake of these new technologies for improved health outcomes.

Hani_EskandarMr. Hani Eskandar

Mr. Hani Eskandar is the ICT Applications Coordinator at the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. Mr. Eskandar is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on eApplications strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical co-operation projects and developing guidelines and best-practices on eApplications.

Previously, Mr. Eskandar had extensive experience in the field of ICT for Development where he, through his work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Switzerland and, UNDP and other NGOs in Egypt, was involved in several development projects in the fields of Health, Education, Illiteracy Eradication, Community Development, SME development and Micro Credits. This included, among others, introducing Telemedicine services in rural areas, introducing ICT in Schools, creating Community Development Portals, Community Learning Centres, developing e-Learning and training programs for Youth.

Mr. Eskandar has an educational background in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) and has completed an MBA from McGill University, Canada and a Master Degree in Social and Economic Development Studies from University of Paris I, France.

Oliver_Harrison_squareDr. Oliver Harrison

Dr. Oliver Harrison is a Senior Vice President with Healthways International, a global health and wellbeing company specializing in population health management based on more than 30 years of experience.  He is also a Consultant to the WHO for their joint initiative on mHealth for tackling Non-Communicable Diseases, and Co-Founder of Platform Health (, a non-profit Standards Development Organisation and ITU Sector Member.  Platform was created to help close the remaining gaps to enable secure “plug and play” health data system interoperability, including mobile.

Until 2013, as Director of Strategy at the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Dr. Harrison helped drive a comprehensive health system reform.  Progress was driven and tracked using data from pioneering IT systems designed/implemented by the Health Authority team (; these systems have become the blueprint for several additional countries (  Dr. Harrison established the Abu Dhabi Public Health Department, which used these data systems as the foundation to design and implement “Weqaya” – an award-winning population health management programme targeting diabetes, hypertension, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease (

Before Abu Dhabi, Dr. Harrison spent five years with McKinsey working worldwide with the healthcare practice.  He is a UK physician with US National Board Certification in Public Health, and Masters’ degrees in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and Neuroscience from Cambridge University, a Non-Executive Director of Guy’s and St. Thomas’s NHS Trust, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behaviour and Cognitive Science.

Andres_Martin_squareMr. Andrés Martin

Andrés Martin Diana was born in Seville, Spain, has academic background in Media and holds a MBA by the IE Business School (Madrid). He has been working in the digital arena since 1997, when he co-founded and managed a pioneering online content start-up. Passionate about healthcare disruption by innovative online services and technologies, he led the digital marketing, sales and services for Sanitas, a leading healthcare company in Spain, until 2008. After that, he was responsible for Bupa’s global digital strategy until 2013. He now leads the partnership between Bupa and the WHO and ITU for mHealth, supporting the initiative Be Healthy Be Mobile to tackle non communicable diseases globally. He has been invited as speaker in several international conferences on strategy, digital transformation and eHealth/mHealth

Sameer_PujariMr. Sameer Pujari

Currently with WHO, Sameer Pujari is part of the mHEALTH secretariat for the flagship WHO and ITU joint program on mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases; Be He@lthy Be Mobile. With WHO, he has also provided technical advise and support to over 30 countries in the development of surveillance and management information systems. He is also a core member of the Health Data Forum at WHO and the co-chair of the WHO mHEALTH working group. Before coming to WHO, Sameer worked with the US Governments health agency helping various countries build informatics systems for immunization and vaccination programs in Asia Europe and Africa. He started his career working with WHO's National Polio Surveillance Project in India for 7 years, where he led the development and implementation of various information management systems for surveillance across the country.

Campos NetoMr. Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto

Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto joined the secretariat of the ITU Standardization Sector in 2002, and is the Counsellor for ITU-T Study Group 16 (for standardization work on multimedia services, protocols, systems, terminals and media coding, including accessibility, IoT, IPTV and Digital Signage). He organized several workshops (e.g. Multimedia in NGN, Telecoms for Disaster Relief, RFID, E-health standards; SIIT2005) and was the editor of the first version of the ITU-T Security Manual.

Prior to joining ITU in 2002, Mr Campos worked for 8 years as a scientist in COMSAT Laboratories performing standards representation and quality assessment for digital voice coding systems, and before that he was a researcher at Telebras’s R&D Center (CPqD).

A Senior Member of the IEEE, Mr Campos authored several academic papers and position papers, served in the review committee of several IEEE-sponsored conferences, and organized the first ITU Kaleidoscope Conference.

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