3 March 2015, Canada -- A paper on governance of telehealth in Asia put together by seven AeHIN member countries will be presented at a conference in Toronto this May.
The Global Telehealth 2015 Conference (May 29-30, 2015) will feature the paper submitted by AeHIN on governance and management of national telehealth programs in Asia. The paper enumerated publicly-funded national telehealth programs in Asia and determined the state of their governance and management. AeHIN members from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, and Sri Lanka contributed content to the paper.
The authors concluded that existing national telehealth programs have varying maturity with the governance, management and sustainability. They suggested that learning from successful telehealth programs that have built and maintained their services through time are important to address challenges. An IT governance framework may assist countries towards successful telehealth and telemedicine implementation.
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Dengue is one of the major global health threats and during the last two month 7646 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology unit of Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.1 Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a social media-based system called Mo-Buzz that can predict where and when dengue might occur. Mo-Buzz is a combination of a public health surveillance web application, integrated with a social media-based mobile app. By leveraging crowd sourcing and advanced computing, Mo-Buzz can potentially predict dengue outbreaks weeks in advance, and enable users to help health authorities monitor the spread of dengue in real-time using their mobile devices.
On 12 February, 2015, the Center of Social Media Innovations for Communities (COSMIC) in collaboration with the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Mobitel and the University of Colombo, School of Computing (UCSC), launched Mo-Buzz supplication in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The launching ceremony was joined by His Worship Mayor of Colombo, A.J.M. Muzammil, Hon. Upul Wickramasingha (Chairman, Health & Sanitation Committee), Mr. Rasantha Hettithanthrige (Senior General Manager, Mobitel), Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni (Chief Medical Officer, Public Health Department), Prof. Shurbert Foo (Director COSMIC, Nanyang Technological University), Hon. Titus Perera (Deputy Mayor, City of Colombo), V.K.A. Anura (Municipal Commissioner), Prof. May O Lwin (Nanyang Technological University) and Prof. Gihan Wikramanayaka (School of Computing, University of Colombo). The Mo-Buzz application is one of the first systems globally to integrate three public health functions such as digital predictive surveillance, civic engagement and health communication.
The application combines historical weather data and dengue outbreaks, and adds information on breeding sites and mosquito bites from social media users via smartphones. It uses Google Maps to geo-tag the reports and appear in real-time. The app uses computations and community information to spot potential dengue outbreaks weeks in advance. When dengue hotspots are identified, users can receive the information and are encouraged to share reports with their community via text, Twitter and Facebook, to reduce the potential risk of infection. The detailed features of the application can be explored in this link.
In the photo is His Worship Mayor of Colombo, A.J.M. Muzammil launching the Mo-Buzz Application.
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