Category Archives: Telemedicine

Call for submissions for a theme issue on women to the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

Proposal to Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth for a Third Theme Issue on Women in eHealth 2019

Empowering Women in eHealth and Telemedicine

The JISfTeH Special Issue on Women and eHealth 2015 and 2017, explored the place, roles and implication of women in the area of eHealth and Telemedicine that remains poorly explored in times of explosion of ICTs, social media and innovative applications:





Supported by the Women Observatory for eHealth of the Foundation Millennia2025 and the Working Group on Women of the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH), the third special issue of the ISfTeH Journal aims at providing updates of the global vision, along the cardinal pillars of women’s engagement in Telemedicine and eHealth, the specific factors of influence and sets of patterns in related areas.

Articles, abstracts, literature review and reports from the field cover key issues and innovative trends in the world on the access and use Telemedicine and e/mHealth for Women’s health along the UN SDGs.

General considerations


All articles submitted must be authored by a woman, as principal author




Submissions follow the JISfTeH guidelines:

Call for Submissions:

Full articles:  Before 30 August 2018

Proposal prepared by ISfTeH WoW founders, Yunkap Kwankam, Veronique Thouvenot, Anna Schmaus and Lenka Lhotska.


Yunkap Kwankam:

Anna Schmaus:

Veronique Thouvenot:

Medetel interviews: Dr.Pirkko Kouri, ISFTeH vice-president.

Next interview conducted at Medetel that we’d like to share with our readers is that of Dr. Pirkko Kouri, now vice-president of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) and an active member of it’s Working Group on Women. More biographical details to be found in the interview itself:

“I represent the Finnish society of Telemedicine and eHealth. My thbackground is from nursing, I have done my PhD related to mother-child healthcare and use of ICTs. I’m working as a principal lecturer at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. We educate nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals as well. I’m mostly doing research and development work connected with the master level education, planning the generic models, etc.

This year I was elected vice-president of ISFTeH and i’m very happy to be the first woman to occupy this position.

Q: For you, what is the role of telemedicine ?

Telemedicine is a tool, a tool to combine different elements for people to be connected and exchange experiences around the world. Sharing information, getting information, be connected with patients and learn from each other.

Q: In your teaching curriculum, do you include materials on telemedicine?
Yes, for example I’m responsible for the Digital working environment, a web-base course. We have a team of three teachers : one from healthcare, one from engineering and one is from design and we plan the content together. Next year I’ll be the teacher in charge for the class Healthcare technology and it will be in English.

Q: How important do you think it is for healthcare professionals, nurses especially, to keep up with all the options the Digital offers in terms of healthcare ?

In Finland we have the Digital boom and digitalized healthcare, meaning that we have a nation-wide system and patients can join the system with their bank cards or any other identification and, of course, our nurses must know the benefits and what support we can offer. Face-to-face support and counseling, but also virtual, as it offers so many ways to share information and be in contact. Of course, it is a challenge to education as well: there’s a digital divide. Some people don’t have enough knowledge about ICTs and they need to have supplementary education or training at work, but it will gradually come.

The doctors are more specialized and deal with complex issues. So the guidance, mentoring and tutoring issues are more left to nurses. That is our challenge. Actually in Finland, we are tackling that: I was vice-chair of the group nominated by the Finnish Nurse Association and we launched in January the very first eHealth strategy for nurses and there are 6 different elements of this strategy that would be valid up until 2020. I think all the countries need to implement strategies that will allow eHealth to support the nursing practice; that nurses bring their expertise in the multidisciplinary development process and in collaboration with patients. Because patients themselves know quite a lot on how to use ICTs, especially young people.

The only thing to always keep in mind though is the ethical and privacy issues. Remember that Facebook is not the same as the Health Electronic Record. That is also a matter of education. Also, every time you send some kind of message in your own name there’s a kind of watch over you and you must remember all of the data collection and the traces you leave behind.

Q: You are also part of the Working group on Women a the ISFTeH. Which direction of work do you see this group take ?

Most importantly we should keep the neutrality in our work when addressing the gender issue. We should bring in facts and rely on facts and underline the positive elements of our work. We must be intelligent about which the direction we take.
Healthcare and eHealth is definitely an area that we should proceed in. Women are very present, I’m thinking mostly of nurses now, and most of them are women if we consider the global situation.
Digitalization is a new thing to consider and many things are to be learned, but many nurses, especially the older ones are hesitant in accepting changes brought by digitalization and it is something we need to work on.

Overall, speaking of the Working group on Women, we should push the opportunities for equality but in a politically neutral way.”

Submit and prepare for Med-e-Tel 2015

The 2015 Med-e-Tel, the International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum for Education, Networking and Business is taking place this year from April 22 to April 24.
Med-e-Tel encourages healthcare providers, medical practitioners, nursing professionals, patient/user representatives, policy makers, researchers, educators, and industry representatives to submit presentation proposals for the Med-e-Tel 2015 conference program.
For a list of topics, see the Med-e-Tel 2015 call for abstracts. Submissions on additional topics, relevant to the fields of telemedicine and eHealth will be considered too.
Especially practical experiences, evidence of telemedicine and telehealth outcomes, business cases, as well as position papers, ongoing research, national/international policy guidelines and project results will be of interest to the Med-e-Tel audience.
The deadline for abstract submission is next Monday, 22 December 2014.

New book on ICTs and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

Foundation Telefonica will be publishing this coming December 10th a new book on the status quo of the ICTs and healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean entitled “Las TIC en el combate de las enfermedades desatendidas: Una visión latinoamericana”. The PDF version can already be downloaded directly from the Telefonica website.

It includes an article by Véronique Inès Thouvenot of the WeObservatory, Lilia Pérez Chavolla and Arletty Pinel (p. 29 – 49).

Within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, this article analyzes health services provided in remote areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, where access to and use of ICTs can help provide services to low-income populations. The article emphasizes the perspective of the user and in particular of women, patients, nurses, doctors and community helpers, who are the most committed to health issues in remote areas. It includes a short description of two eHealth projects being implemented in Guatemala and Panama by local communities with limited resources that seek to respond to their maternal and children health needs.

Lanzamiento oficial del libro publicado por la Fundacion Telefonica, el 10 de Diciembre en Caracas: “Las TIC en el combate de las enfermedades desatendidas: Una visión latinoamericana”. Este artículo analiza los servicios de salud dentro del marco de los Objetivos del Milenio 4 y 5 en zonas remotas de América Latina y el Caribe, donde el acceso y uso de las TIC pueden ayudar a proveer servicios a poblaciones de escasos recursos. El artículo enfatiza la perspectiva del usuario y en particular la de las mujeres, pacientes, enfermeras, doctoras y ayudantes comunitarias, quienes son las más comprometidas con los asuntos de salud en zonas remotas. Se describen dos proyectos de eSalud en Guatemala y Panamá, iniciados por comunidades locales, conrecursos limitados para responder a las necesidades de salud materna e infantil en dichas zonas.


New publication: WeTelemed, the global network of women in telemedicine

The International Journal of Bioethics has recently put together a special issue on Telemedicine.  It includes the article of Dr. Véronique Inès Thouvenot , head of WeObservatory, on the global network of women in telemedicine WeTelemed. The article can be found in chapter 7 of the 2014/3 (Vol.25) issue or downloaded in French through

The Women and Telemedicine Global Network (WeTelemed) has been initiated in April 2012, with the vision to constitute a Millennia2015 powerful demonstration of women empowerment in the arena of telemedicine through digital solidarity and gender equity. The overall objective is to stimulate more women to use advanced technologies and telemedicine, combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. The article describes the recent history of the network, its genesis and creation, illustrated by a selection of telemedicine initiatives conducted by women in developing countries with the ambition to reach isolated communities.