APDIP e-Note 22 - e-Health Tools for the Asia-Pacific Region

This APDIP e-Note provides an overview of the benefits and challenges of some of the most used e-Health tools. Important lessons learned in e-Health in the Asia-Pacific region are highlighted through three case studies from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. The APDIP e-Note also examines different approaches to e-Health, such as the use of free and open source software (FOSS) and the relationship between e-Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Finally, considerations for policy makers are discussed.

Building Foundations for eHealth

The Global Observatory for eHealth was established by the World Health Organization in 2005 to monitors the development of e-health worldwide, with an emphasis on individual countries. As its initial task it carried out the first global survey on eHealth which resulted in a series of outputs including a publication entitled, "Building Foundations for eHealth," survey results and individual country profiles.

Full report : Building Foundations for eHealth [PDF 11.96Mb]

Executive Summary

E-health in Rural Areas: Case of Developing Countries

Based on a technology assessment carried out in Kenya, and using multiple case studies in Nyanza Province, this work focuses on an investigation on how five rural hospitals are adapting to the technology shift. The issues examined include the ICT infrastructure and e-health technologies in place, the knowledge of participants in terms of benefits gained through the use of ICT and the challenges posing barriers to the use of ICT technologies in these hospitals.

YouthLens on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS: Information and Communications Technology

This review of ICT reproductive health and HIV/AIDS education projects finds that small projects have begun to demonstrate the potential value of using the technology with youth. Web-based projects, CD-ROMs, and other types of ICT can lead to changes in young people’s knowledge and attitudes about sexual and reproductive health issues.

Telehealth in the Developing World

This book aims to redress the relative lack of published information on successful telehealth solutions in the developing world. It presents real-life stories from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is rich in practical experience and will be of interest to health professionals, development workers, and e-health and telehealth proponents interested in learning about, or contributing to the implementation of, appropriate solutions for 80% of the world’s population.

Children, ICT and Development - Capturing the potential, eeting the challenges

This report explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) can contribute to efforts towards meeting child-focused development goals. The diffusion of ICTs has been highly uneven, and it is clear that digital divides not only trace but can also further deepen existing social divides, between income-rich and income-poor, between urban and rural dwellers, between women and men, and girls and boys. The report therefore supports UNICEF in efforts to further develop and disseminate good practice regarding ICT4D and children.

Policy Brief in ICT Applications in the Knowledge Economy, No. 7: Improving Health Care in Rural Areas: Information and Communications Technology Solutions for Least Developed Countries

Achieving the health-related MDGs requires strengthening health systems, particularly in the following areas of (a) Expanding the primary health-care workforce and enriching the skill levels; (b) Upgrading and broadening medical infrastructure and logistics; (c) Providing affordable access to drugs and medical supplies; (d) Improving health decision-making and early warning by enhancing data collection and analysis of disease trends.