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GT2015 – 4th Global Telehealth Conference for Peer Reviewed & Applied Learning

Don Newsham, CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association (www.coachorg.com) draws attention, on behalf of Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Zelmer and Kendall Ho and the organizing team, to the forthcoming Global Telehealth 2015 (GT2015) conference. The call for papers will be launched shortly. This global conference on telehealth, mobile health and virtual health will be linked closely with COACH’s major annual conference, eHealth2015.

GT2015 will be held on 29-30 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada – see http://coachorg.com/en/newsandevents/GT2015.asp eHealth2015 will start on 31 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Further information can be obtained via the website, and/or from Andrea Freitas (afreitas[at]baseconsulting.ca), the primary contact from the organizing team at COACH for GT2015.

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July 10, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , , | Leave a comment

mHealth Summit Europe – 2014 Call for Papers

The mHealth Summit Europe 2014 will take place on 6 – 8 May 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The organisers, HIMSS Europe, and the mHealth Summit Europe Programme Advisory Committee has now opened the Call for Papers – this closes on February 14, 2014. For complete details on the submission requirements, visit www.mhealthsummit.org/eu

The 2014 mHealth Summit seeks transformational and innovative submissions that deliver pragmatic evidence that mHealth is moving from theory to adoption and from pilot to scale. They are looking for cutting-edge content, usage cases and discussion of the challenges, implications, impact and opportunities.

Among key elements of the call and the types of submissions are that:

  • All submissions must be received electronically no later than 12 Noon CET on Friday, February 14, 2014.
  • The submission needs to be as detailed as possible to aid in the review process.
  • Include enough details to support the title, description, and the learning objectives
  • The call especially seeks proposals on the use of mobile technology to solve a particular healthcare challenge (e.g., readmissions, medication reconciliation) and data that supports its impact (quantitative preferred)
  • Submissions cannot include any hint of sales, marketing or commercial bias, and should have no more than one presenter.

Contact Information

Claudia Fischer, Education Manager, HIMSS Europe
cfischer[at]himssanalytics.eu

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January 23, 2014 Posted by | conference, Europe, HIMSS | , , , | Leave a comment

Inventory of mHealth Projects – Add Your Project

The mHealth Working Group (http://www.mhealthworkinggroup.org/about) has started to compile an inventory of mHealth projects. If you are involved in or know of projects, they invite you to provide information for the inventory.

To view a PDF of the current inventory document, go to the mHealth Working Group website, http://bit.ly/UGoVW3

Include your mHealth projects here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZyekZaZG55Ui1CWnV4d29XVGlvTWc6MQ This is a Google groups form that contains 13 questions which should take between 5 – 10 mins per project to complete if all information is readily available.

Currently, the inventory contains 179 projects from the following organizations: Abt Associates, Catholic Relief Services, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, FHI 360, Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, Jhpiego, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder, PSI, and Save the Children.

Of particular interest are USAID-funded projects; send information by January 28 if possible. If you have questions, please e-mail lraney[at]fhi360.org and keisling.kelly[at]gmail.com

Thanks to Lucia Ruggiero (PAHO/WHO) for the above, provided through the Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

January 8, 2013 Posted by | conference, PAHO | , | 1 Comment

mHealth in Support of Community Health Workers: InSTEDD Literature Review

Dennis Israelski, President and CEO of InSTEDD, presents the results of a comprehensive literature review on mHealth in support of community health workers (CHWs). The Mendelay collection of papers is available at http://bit.ly/KxyJ1d and has a corpus of more than 2,400 papers.

With a worldwide penetration rate of over 85%, the mobile phone has become one of the most transformative tools in human history. Specifically for Global Health, the use of mobile communication and network technologies for delivery of health care (mHealth) holds great promise for the future. In low resource settings, community health workers (CHWs) provide a backbone for delivery of health care services. Often isolated and without significant formal education or training, themselves, CHWs can be seen as key connectors between their communities and the formal health care system. In the hands of CHWs, mHealth tools may facilitate effective task shifting; by expanding the pool of human resources, increasing the productivity of health systems, and lowering the cost of services.

The reported experience with m-Health suggest a wide range of opportunities exist to improve ease, speed, completeness and accuracy of the work of CHWs. The outcomes associated with these sort of new capabilities can be expected to result in ongoing improvements in performance on key national Health indicators. A systematic review of the literature cites examples in action and provides recommendations focused on the design and development of mHealth tools for use by CHWs to strengthen Global Health interventions.

Dr. Israelski is President and CEO of InSTEDD (http://instedd.org/). His current focus is on the use, design and development of (e-Health/m-Health) tools and services for scalable impact in Global Health and includes active projects related to the application of innovative technologies for bio-surveillance, point of care-low cost-multiplex diagnostics, Health System Strengthening and Implementation Science.

This item is taken from the Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv of PAHO/WHO, courtesy of Ana Lucia Ruggiero. http://listserv.paho.org/Archives/equidad.html http://new.paho.org/equity/ http://twitter.com/eqpaho

June 8, 2012 Posted by | miscellany | | Leave a comment

mHealth Summit 2011 – Videos Available

The 2011 mHealth Summit was held recently in the Washington DC area. The event has been widely discussed and reported through online news channels (see, for example, at iHealthBeat and Healthcare IT News) and through social media (see, for example, http://twitter.com/mhealthsummit)

General conference information is available at http://mhealthsummit.org/ The PDF of the full agenda
(with presenters and topics for each session) is here: http://mhealthsummit.org/pdf/mhealth_summit_agenda.pdf The conference was arranged by major tracks: Business, Policy, Research, Technology, Finance, and HIT X.0.

Full videos of the presentations are also available: http://bit.ly/uKKCqr Each of the 95 archived videos are listed by Track – Session Title. Access to all videos is free for both attendees and non-attendees.

Thanks to Kevin Clauson, from Nova Southeastern University, Florida for the above information, sent via AMIA’s CHI Working Group.

December 12, 2011 Posted by | conference, USA | , | 2 Comments

mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies – WHO Publication

The latest publication in the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth series – Volume 3 mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies is now available at  http://www.who.int/goe/publications/ehealth_series_vol3/en/index.html

The report notes that mobile phones are now the most widely used communication technology in the world, and continue to spread at an exponential rate, especially in developing countries. The report explores how mobile devices are being used for health around the world, and includes a series of detailed case studies highlighting best practices in mHealth in different settings.

The report is a PDF file (3.4 MB).

June 14, 2011 Posted by | miscellany, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

Call for Research Abstracts and Presentations: 2011 mHealth Summit

The 2011 mHealth Summit, Shaping the Future of mHealth, to be held in the Washington DC area on 5-7 December, 2011 has a Call for Research Abstracts & Presentations. Full information on the Call for Research Abstracts, which is open to “academic, public and private research sectors that highlight ground-breaking health research using mobile technologies in clinical medicine and public health outcomes”, is available at http://docs.omnibooksonline.com/FNIH/2011_mhealth_summit.html
The Submission Deadline is Friday, July 8, 2011 – 11:59 pm EST

Submissions can address a wide range of mobile health technologies. Priority will be given to presentations that provide a rigorous and well-controlled evaluation (the design of which should be described in the abstract) of the application of mobile technology to improve health. Novel research designs that utilize the rich data source available from the mobile technologies themselves are particularly encouraged.

The Call for Presentations on areas of technology, business and policy is also open, with the same Submission Deadline; details are at http://docs.omnibooksonline.com/FNIH/2011_mhealth_summit_speakers.html

Th 2011 mHealth Summit is presented by the The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and has HIMSS and the mhealth Alliance as organizing partners. Full information is at http://www.mhealthsummit.org

May 29, 2011 Posted by | conference, USA | , , | Leave a comment

WHO eHealth/mHealth photograph competition

The World Health Organization’s Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) has announced the launch of its first photography competition in collaboration with the eHealth Strategy Office of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in preparation for its telehealth and mobile Health (mHealth) publications for the eHealth series 2010.

The deadline for submission of entries has been extended to August 13, 2010 at midnight GMT. Full details can be viewed and downloaded at:
http://www.scribd.com/2010-06-WHO-Geo-Photo-Contest-Announcement-NEW-DEADLINE-AUG-13th-2010-Midnight-GMT/d/33423107

The GOe and other programs in the eHealth and Informatics unit are looking for high-quality and original photographs depicting eHealth in the field. The competition for images of telehealth or mHealth in action is open to Faculty members and students from any higher academic institutions.

Winners will be announced publicly by September 15th, 2010 and published on the WHO GOe web site www.who.int/goe For queries or further clarification, please contact Nelson Shen at Nelson.s@ubc.ca

July 28, 2010 Posted by | miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

m-health NZ: mobile technology to improve health

A one-day conference about mobile health (m-health, mHealth) will be held at the School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, 6th November 2009. Full information about the event is on Chris Paton’s health informatics blog (http://healthinformaticsblog.com/).

The event is aimed at researchers, students, health professionals, health services managers, health IT services, mobile phone-related industries, mobile telecommunications companies, and all those interested in sharing experiences and networking with those working in the field of mobile health.

There is a limited call for abstracts, which mainly seeks presentations with a research focus. The deadline for abstracts is 14th August 2009 to: m-healthnzconference2009[at]ctru.auckland.ac.nz

June 15, 2009 Posted by | conference | , , | Leave a comment