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eHealth Week

The annual flagship event for the European Union, eHealth week, took place in Dublin, Ireland on May 13-15 bringing together two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference co-organized by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition (WoHIT) organized by HIMSS Europe.

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eHealth Resolution Adopted at 66th World Health Assembly

After seven days of intense discussions, the 66th World Health Assembly concluded with agreement on a range of new public health measures and recommendations aimed at securing greater health benefits for all people, everywhere.  A resolution on eHealth standardization and interoperability was adopted by the nearly 2000 delegates representing the World Health Organization’s Member States.

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Bhutan uses mobile technology to eliminate malaria

The government of Bhutan, in collaboration with the Regional Office for South-East Asia of WHO, has begun a pilot project where the use of smartphones contributes to the elimination of malaria.  To maintain Bhutan’s achieved success in reducing the burden of the infectious disease, the malaria program must continue to collect updated information in each health facility catchment area.  Health workers are now able to instantly transmit the information to authorities by using smartphones in all health facilities of selected districts.

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WHO Executive Board recommends the adoption of standards for the exchange of health data

The WHO Executive Board recommended to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the resolution eHealth standardization and interoperability that urges Member States to consider options to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including national authorities, relevant ministries, health-care providers, and academic institutions, in order to draw up a road map for implementation of health data standards, in efforts to achieve a secure, timely and accurate exchange of data for health decision-making.
 

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Progress on eHealth in a Global Context

At its 132nd session, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization reviewed a progress report on the global implementation of the 2005 resolution on eHealth (WHA58.28).  Key topics included standardization and interoperability in eHealth, on the exchange of health data, and challenges associated with the establishment of the dot health Internet domain name. The Secretariat also reported on current initiatives to strengthen the protection of the name of intergovernmental organizations on the Internet.

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