USAID, Gates Foundation, J&J And Merck To Kick Off 3rd Annual Global Digital Health Forum Exploring Innovations In Technology Revolutionizng Global Health


"Global Digital Health Forum attendees will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts about emerging health trends in low- and middle-income countries, and discover how to tap into emerging innovations and funding priorities," said Heidi Good Boncana, Co-Chair, The Global Digital Health Network. "We are very pleased to kick off our event with a dynamic and engaging plenary session that will provide important guidance and a glimpse into the future of digital health around the world." The Forum will offer opportunities for collaboration in mobile and connected health in low resource settings worldwide, including over 90 speakers, thought leaders and stakeholders discussing new and developing trends and state-of-the-art digital health tools for LMICs and elsewhere. "The Global Digital Health Forum is a truly global platform for innovation, thought leadership and opportunities in the developing world," added said Richard Scarfo, Vice President, PCHAlliance, and Director, Connected Health Conference. "We are pleased to create this important venue, where attendees will hear the latest evidence, experiences and lessons learned from key stakeholders, discover new solutions and shape the future of digital health."

Microsoft drops Windows Phone version of its HealthVault app


Microsoft is continuing to make moves in the health and fitness area that are leaving many confused. The latest: Microsoft is dropping the existing Windows Phone version of its HealthVault app and seemingly has no plans to develop a version for Wndows 10 Mobile. Microsoft began notifying existing Windows Phone HealthVault users of its plans on September 22 via an email letter. The letter from the HealthVault team claimed that Microsoft has recently "seen some issues with the app due to compatibility problems.""We "We will therefore be ending our support for the app and removing it from the Windows Phone Store."The

Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20


Microsoft is dropping its HealthVault patient records-management service, the company notified customers via email today, April 5. The service will be shut down on November 20 and any data residing in the service will be deleted after that date. HealthVault was one of the last pieces left of Microsoft's original foray into first-part health services products. Recently, Microsoft officials said they were ending support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard applications and services as of May 31. Early last year, Microsoft dropped its HealthVault Insights application.

Health Literacy and the Tailoring of Health Information. A Dialogue between Communication and (AI)Technology

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By moving from a health communication perspective, this paper addresses the issue of how to enhance consumers’ health literacy through virtual health environments. More specifically, the paper is structured in two parts. Firstly, we present a conceptualization of health literacy which takes into consideration the complexity of its components. Secondly, we show how this concept was used to design the website ONESELF targeted to consumers affected by chronic low back pain. Findings from our paper are expected to highlight important dimensions of health literacy that virtual healthcare systems – designed to enhance health literacy – will have to operationalise. ONESELF works through a bottom-up approach where users can ask for all information to build or reinforce their level of health literacy. This approach presupposes the physical presence of the content manager who assures the delivery of the information requested through the website. Here the main question arises of how AI systems can assure the same level of tailored information by standing, however, from a genuinely human-computer perspective

The promise and peril of universal health care


Healthy populations translate into productive and stable nations. Universal health care (UHC) is a pragmatic and ethical ideal that, thanks to social and economic progress, seems almost achievable. However, UHC means different things in different contexts. The minimum ideal is that no individual or family should suffer financial hardship because of accessing good-quality medical assistance. Bloom et al. review health priorities around the world and what will be needed in terms of skills, funds, and technology to achieve health care access for all. The September 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration is a landmark event in the history of global health. The declaration raised awareness of "health for all" as a universal human right, whose fulfillment reduces human misery and suffering, advances equality, and safeguards human dignity. It also recognized economic and social development and international security as not only causes, but also consequences, of better health. In addition, it highlighted the power of primary health care and international cooperation to advance the protection and promotion of health in resource-constrained settings. Building on the achievement of Alma-Ata and gaining further traction from the Millenium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, universal health care (UHC) has emerged in recent years as a central imperative of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and most of its member states, and much of civil society. UHC characterizes national health systems in which all individuals can access quality health services without individual or familial financial hardship.