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Jan 9, 2006

Building Foundations for eHealth- Kenya WHO 2006

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Kenya

Kenya reports that the majority of the listed actions to promote an enabling environment for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health sector have been taken between 2000 and 2005. These actions are rated from moderately to very effective and are predicted to continue over the next two years. The implementation of a national eHealth policy, and creation of regulations to protect the privacy and security of individual patient data where eHealth is used are likely to be introduced by 2008.

 

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Jan 1, 2006

Building FOUNDATIONS for eHealth

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Global

Every day, across the world, people make improvements in health as a direct benefit of information and communication technologies (ICT). eHealth innovations like electronic health records, computerassisted prescription systems and clinical databases are transforming health today, and hold even greater promise for the future. ICT support clinical care, provide health information to the general public and scientifi c information to professionals. They provide a platform for publishing, disseminating health alerts and supporting administrative functions.

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Dec 20, 2005

E-health: Determinants, opportunities, challenges and the way forward for countries in the WHO African Region

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Global

The implementation of the 58th World Health Assembly resolution on e-health will pose a major challenge for the Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region due to lack of information and communications technology (ICT) and mass Internet connectivity, compounded by a paucity of ICT-related knowledge and skills. The key objectives of this article are to: (i) explore the key determinants of personal computers (PCs), telephone mainline and cellular and Internet penetration/connectivity in the African Region; and (ii) to propose actions needed to create an enabling environment for e-health services growth and utilization in the Region.

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Jun 1, 2005

E-Strategies in Africa Strategies in Africa


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An action framework developed as Africa’s common vision to bridge the digital divide ƒ More importantly to create digital opportunities by Africans and their partners ƒ Speed the continent’s entry into the information and knowledge global economy

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Mar 1, 2005

Critical Success Factors Relating to Healthcare’s Adoption of New Technology: A Guide to Increasing the Likelihood of Successful Implementation


Over the last decade, significant attention has been paid in both academic and professional literature to the healthcare information technology conundrum, which can easily be summarized in the following question: Why have we not seen more successful implementation of information technology in healthcare? While many theories and suggestions have been proposed, there can be no argument that none have been truly effective in explaining or helping to resolve this widespread problem. As a result, the healthcare field is becoming experienced in building not-so-effective systems.

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Feb 2, 2005

Routine Immunisation Survey. Final Report


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This report summarizes responses from almost 100 diverse respondents on the importance of three communication-related barriers to higher routine immunization coverage and how governments, projects and development communication professionals are addressing these barriers. The report includes a description of Top Ten Lessons Learned and selected program tools and documents.

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Dec 30, 2004

Integrating Child Health Information Systems

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Global

The Health Resources and Services Administration and All Kids Count (a national technical assistance center fostering development of integrated child health information systems) have been working together to foster development of integrated child health information systems.

Activities have included: identification of key elements for successful integration of systems; development of principles and core functions for the systems; a survey of state and local integration efforts; and a conference to develop a common vision for child health information systems to meet medical care and public health needs.

We provide 1 state (Utah) as an example that is well on the way to development of integrated child health information systems.

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Dec 1, 2004

ICT applications as e-health solutions in rural healthcare in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

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South Africa

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions (e.g. e-health, telemedicine, e-education) are often viewed as vehicles to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban healthcare centres and to resolve shortcomings in the rural health sector. This study focused on factors perceived to infl uence the uptake and use of ICTs as e-health solutions in selected rural Eastern Cape healthcare centres, and on structural variables relating to these facilities and processes. Attention was also given to two psychological variables that may underlie an individual’s acceptance and use of ICTs: usefulness and ease of use. Recommendations are made with regard to how ICTs can be used more effectively to improve health systems at fi ve rural healthcare centres where questionnaire and interview data were collected: St. Lucy’s Hospital, Nessie Knight Hospital, the Tsilitwa Clinic, the Madzikane Ka-Zulu Memorial Hospital and the Nelson Mandela General Hospital.

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Jul 12, 2004

DIDAFIT: Detecting Intrusions in Databases Through Fingerprinting Transactions

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Global

The most valuable information assets of an organization are often stored in databases and it is pertinent for such organizations to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of their databases. With the proliferation of ecommerce sites that are backed by database systems, databases that are available online 247 are ubiquitous. Data in these databases ranges from credit card numbers to personal medical records. Failing to protect these databases from intrusions will result in loss of customers’ confidence and might even result in lawsuits.

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Dec 1, 2002

Increasing immunization coverage at the health facility level

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Global

The aim of this guide is to help health workers to use their own data to identify problems and causes of low immunization coverage, and to plan solutions to increase immunization coverage. These guidelines can be modified to suit the local context and needs, and can be used at various levels of the health system in any country.

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