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Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization

The World Health Organization will host the "Joint Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability" on 10-11 February 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. The forum seeks to facilitate a dialogue on the need for policy and governance mechanisms that could enable countries to adopt health data standards.  Participants will draft a policy and governance framework for the adoption of standards at national and sub-national levels.

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The Promise of eHealth in the African Region

Photo: WHO/BanlutaMost African patients making repeat visits to a hospital or to their doctor are likely to have had at least one similar experience: they routinely see their doctor or other hospital staff digging through stacks of ancient manila files in search of handwritten notes of their medical records. The patients will even be lucky if their files are found with complete information. Must this decades-old practice continue in this information age?

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New WHO Collaborating Center in Consumer Health Informatics

Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre in consumer health informatics, reflecting the center’s record of innovation, expertise and joint efforts with the WHO eHealth unit. Consumer health informatics combines technology and health care to help patients manage their health. As a WHO Collaborating Center, the Centre becomes part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities
in support of eHealth.

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WHO Helps Member States Adopt Health Data Standards

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report this month to support Member States in the implementation of health data standards.  It summarizes the outcomes of the WHO Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability held 3-4 December 2012 in Geneva. As the report states, interoperability is widely recognized as essential to achieving the full potential of seamless data exchange using information and communication technologies (ICTs) and medical devices in support of health systems. Appropriate use of ICTs to deliver quality health services, reduce costs and achieve universal health coverage is integral to advancing health care. Transmitting personal or population data across ICT-driven health information systems requires adherence to health data standards and related technology standards for timely and accurate exchange of data for health care decisions...

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European Region: Technical Consultation on Standards for Data Exchange and Interoperability

 A technical consultation was held in Tallinn, Estonia on May 16-17 to examine and discuss the adoption of standards for health data exchange and interoperability for countries in the WHO European Region. The event was supported by WHO Headquarters in collaboration with the WHO Office in Estonia and the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (WHO Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine and eHealth).

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