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Friday, January 27, 2006

Web cast 'Health Informatics and Developing Countries'

Today I "attended" while sitting at my desk & doing marking! a web cast by Prof. Peter Drury describing his work developing ehealth in Kenya (& other developing countries).

He structured his talk around five components – the 5Cs. Firstly there is the Context of poverty, meeting the Millennium Development Goals and the role ICT can play to support health workers. Then, there is the Content of health information provided to health workers and how it can be migrated from being paper-based to a digital format. Providing wireless Connectivity within and between health facilities that supports the transmission of health knowledge and management information provides an entry-level health information infrastructure. Over such a health facility-based wireless infrastructure it then becomes possible to build workforce Capacity as well as support Community development, via the delivery of information to enable better individual and community decision-making in health and other development issues.

Further information and an overview of the current work is available from the Interactive Health Network Site

The webcast was organised by the University of Plymouth, started on time and was of a good quality (although one or two of the graphics were a little unclear where I was sitting). Viewers we able to interact by sending questions via email, which Peter responded to towards the end of his talk.

Dr Peter Drury. Peter is a Visiting Professor with the Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth. He used to be head of the NHS IT Strategy group and now works as an independent consultant in Kenya (PD Consulting Ltd).

The webcast is anow available:

These are the direct links:

56k Modem


(recommended – best quality, esp. for slide text)

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