This year’s ICT4Health conference will address the challenge of integrating innovative scalable and sustainable solutions into the health system by giving various sectors the opportunity to present, discuss and collaborate on solutions.

The conference will take place on 10 and 11 November, 2014 at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel in Durban.

The conference is a collaboration between multiple partners including ICT4Health (Pty) Ltd, Global Telehealth, Jembi Health Systems, mHelp, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Australian Telehealth Society  and MTN Foundation.

The aim of this conference is to provide a platform to bring together the ICT4Health industry including thought leaders, experts, decision makers, innovators, academia and end-users. This opportunity allows for networking and collaboration that aims to strengthen the ICT4Health sector.

Globally there has been an acceptance of technology in various sectors including government, agriculture and health. As we are faced with global challenges like the Ebola virus, TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS it is imperative that innovative solutions are employed. Many are of the opinion that there should be a move away from the development of once off solutions to a more feasible approach which allows for easily integrated, scalable and sustainable solutions.

The first day will incorporate the Global Telehealth 2014 conference, which will offer a plenary track of presentations of submitted, peer reviewed technical papers. The second day will follow the format of past ICT4Health conferences and be interactive with invited speakers focusing on the conference theme. A special feature of the meeting will be presentations concerning mobile for maternal and child health.

Various prominent eHealth specialists will be presenting at the conference, including Prof Maurice Mars on telemedicine guidelines for SA, Dr Peter Benjamin from mHELP on mobile technology, Annie Parsons from Cell-Life on SMS usage, and Andy Friedman from Mobenzi who will talk about the successes and challenges of the roll-out of mobile technology to support ward-based outreach teams in South Africa.

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