New UN standard to enable e-health data exchange

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e-health The ITU is a UN agency focusing on the telecommunications sector. The new standard will enable different e-health systems to smoothly exchange patient health data in both low- and high-resource settings, making it ideal for applications in both developed and developing countries. e-Health experts explained that a combination of a common data definition with connectivity across different systems ? ranging from the personal health and point-of-care devices described in Recommendation ITU-T H.810 to a range of health management back-ends ? will provide simple, secure and scalable interoperability. ITU secretary-general Hamadoun I. Tour? noted, ?In addition to technical issues, discussions on e-health encompass legal, ethical, cultural, economic and regional aspects. We have seen increased impetus by the e-health community to engage with ITU in order to facilitate a rapid rollout of these technologies that have such a valuable role to play in bolstering global health initiatives.? The common health schema of Recommendation ITU-T H.860 is applicable to a wide spectrum of diseases (non-communicable, communicable, maternal/child, trauma, etc.), interventions (preventive, curative, palliative), and health IT systems (from simple standalone, to integrated care, web services and mobile applications). ]]>

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