Improving Health, Connecting People: The Role of ICTs in the Health Sector of Developing Countries - A Framework Paper

This paper provides a snapshot of the types of information and communication technology (ICT) being used in the health sector, and the policy debates involving ICTs and health. It is aimed at policymakers, international donors, local practitioners, and others who are involved in the development or management of programmes in the health sector in developing countries. The paper illustrates the major constraints faced in using ICTs effectively in the health sector of developing countries.

e-Health in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities

This report explores the experiences of countries in the Asia Pacific region, both in e-Health initiatives and policy actions. It also looks at the initiatives and polices at the trans-boundary level. The analysis both at national and regional levels sheds some light on the great potentials of e-Health in improvising the delivery of health care in the region, as well as the remaining challenges to fulfill such potentials.

Assessing innovative ICT for health information system in African rural communities

This paper is a positional paper that is set to take inventory of existing innovative ICT solutions in health service delivery (e-health) in rural community of developing countries and to open up researches into the acceptability and utilization of various ICT solutions in health services in developing countries. The assessment is based on the existing e-health model of Peter Dury and other subsequent works of other Authors who have researched into electronic health solutions in developing countries.

Current e-Governance Scenario in Healthcare sector of India

The current e-governance scenario in the healthcare sector in India is disappointing. Public health services run by the government are overburdened and collapsing. Large geographical size, increased population density, lack of transport, inaccessibility, illiteracy, poverty, poor nutritional status, diversity in food habit and life style are various impediments. Government priorities for providing food, safe water and school education are yet to be fulfilled. At this stage low budget for health, lack of funds and coordination have triggered down trend in health services.

ICTD for Healthcare in Ghana: Two Parallel Case Studies

This paper examines two parallel case studies to promote remote medical consultation in Ghana. These projects, initiated independently by different researchers in different organizations, both deployed ICT solutions in the same medical community in the same year. The Ghana Consultation Network currently has over 125 users running a Web-based application over a delay-tolerant network of servers. OneTouch MedicareLine is currently providing 1700 doctors in Ghana with free mobile phone calls and text messages to other members of the medical community.

ICT as a Tool for Accessing Medical Content and Knowledge in Local Languages: Sri Lanka’s Perspective

Most health care professionals in Sri Lanka use ICT for acquiring knowledge, but the use of ICT by the general public for accessing health care information is till at a very low level, although the Government has spent millions of rupees in developing ICT infrastructure all over the island. To address the needs of developing content and application relevant to the Sri Lankan domain, the e-society programme, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka rolled out a two pronged grant mechanism through which partnerships were established several CBOs, NGOs as well as state and private sector organizations.

Mobile e-Health: The Unwired Evolution of Telemedicine

The progress of telemedicine from desktop platforms to wireless and mobile configurations may have a significant impact on future health care. This paper reviews some of the latest technologies in wireless communication and their application in health care. The new technologies can make the remote medical monitoring, consulting, and health care more flexible and convenient. However, there are challenges for successful wireless telemedicine, which are addressed in this paper.

Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, Volume 9, Number 3, 2003

mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World

This report examines issues at the heart of the rapidly evolving intersection of mobile phones and healthcare. It helps the reader to understand mHealth’s scope and implementation across developing regions, the health needs to which mHealth can be applied, and the mHealth applications that promise the greatest impact on heath care initiatives.

Review of the UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme Website

This study is an evaluation and review of the website component of the UNDP South East Asia HIV (SEAHIV) and Development Programme. The author begins by examining the context, mission and purpose. The performance of the website is then assessed, focusing on the posting of documents and their downloading. And finally, the impact of the website is examined.