e-Health: one swallow does not make a summer?

Despite the remarkable potential of e-health as an agent for improvement in quality, safety, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, adoption has been slow. While more and more countries adopt e-health solutions, lack of interoperability is a barrier to adoption and scalability.

The first of three WTSA side events will take place at 18h00 this evening in Room B, here at the Dubai World Trade Center.

Four invited speakers will share their experience in the e-health domain and address challenges faced in the adoption of ICT-enabled healthcare services and applications.

Bright SimonsBright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to check instantly whether their medicines are counterfeits by sending a free text message. He is director of development research at IMANI, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities, a TED and Ashoka fellow, and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy. Bright regularly serves as a consultant and resource person on innovation strategy to international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth. Bright is a regular contributor to BBC Business and Harvard Business Review, and is regularly cited in many of the world’s leading news media.

Bright’s talk will focus on the delicate task of aligning sometimes contradicting incentives across diverse stakeholders to ensure sustainable success in e-health deployments. It will also make the point that a good pilot or important partnership is not enough to create the fertile ecosystem required for e-health to take off on a large scale.

Najeeb Al-ShorbajiDr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji has been working as Director, Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva since September 2008. Prior to that he held the posts of Information Scientist,  Regional Advisor for Health Information Management and Telecommunication and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office. He is from Jordan, married and holds a PhD in Information Sciences. Dr Al-Shorbaji’s current portfolio covers WHO publishing activities and programmes, library services, knowledge networks, e-health, knowledge translation and WHO Collaborating Centres. Through his career in WHO, he initiated and lead a number of information and telecommunication technology projects and knowledge networks.

Najeeb’s intervention will highlight why interoperability is crucial to e-health adoption and acceptance.

Oliver HarrisonDr Oliver Harrison is Director of Strategy at the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, responsible for setting the direction for healthcare, managing capacity, health economics, healthcare regulation, and e-health development.  He is known for his passion for implementing rigorous evidence-based approaches, particularly in tackling the Emirate’s high burden of non-communicable diseases.

Before joining HAAD, Oliver worked extensively on healthcare reform with McKinsey.  He is a medical doctor (Psychiatry) with a Masters in Public Health (Johns Hopkins), a Foundation Scholar at Jesus College – Cambridge, an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London, and a member of the World Economic Forum council on Behaviour and Cognitive Science.

Oliver’s presentation will showcase e-health success stories and lessons learned from the Arab Region with a particular focus on Abu Dhabi.

Chuck ParkerCharles (Chuck) Parker is the Executive Director of the Continua Health Alliance – a membership-driven company focused on developing an ecosystem of interoperable personal health devices.  Through working with Standards bodies and industry experts, Continua publishes certification standards built upon international criteria from IEEE, HL7, Bluetooth, USB, and others. Chuck leads the many workgroups and day-to-day operations of the Alliance. Chuck has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology, policy, and the strategic design of evaluation and measurement strategies. He has led national programs for practice transformation and has served on national committees for assessing adoption requirements. Chuck holds a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Informatics from Northeastern University. He earned his BA in Communication Studies and Business Management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

According to Chuck, interoperability is a key driver for adoption in mobile health, and his presentation at the WTSA e-health side event will highlight Continua’s approach to making personal connected health a reality.

Bilel JamoussiThe side event will be moderated by Dr Bilel Jamoussi. As Chief of the Study Groups Department Bilel leads the ITU-T Standards Development Staff. Before joining ITU, Bilel worked for Nortel for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions including Strategic Standards, Advanced Technology, University Research, Software Development for routing/switching platforms, and Data Network Engineering of major international customer networks.


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