Back to basics : internet access and electricity

To many of us this is not an issue, but it is important that we understand how important is basic access to electricity.

“In third world countries, the more people that have access to electricity, the greater demand will be for using the Internet and other related technologies. It is fruitless, they say, to discuss a digital divide where electricity does not exist”. Read the full article on electricity and internet in third world countries in pdf here.

Dialogue series on Women’s health

This past May, 2014, a round table on Innovation , and especially innovation and Women’s health, took place in Geneva.

The overall objective of the WeObservatory is to serve as a unique Resource Center to promote women’s empowerment through the access and use of advanced technologies for health, combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. As such, the WeObservatory invited speakers to make  presentations on the subject of eHealth.

Telehealth usability amongst elderly, a WeObservatory selected project

If you are interested in learning about technology acceptance in general, we highly recommend that you take a look at this project.

A key objective of a WeObservatory project “Telehealth and Elderly” by Michael Dino, Assistant Research Director at Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City, Philippines, is to understand technology-acceptance among the elderly and help them gain independence within the healthcare system.
This project was firstly published online on the Care Challenge platform and gained visibility through the video made by Connected Nurses as means to support the project. Consequently “Telehealth and Elderly” was chosen by the WeObservatory and continues to evolve through this partnership. Not only does Michael Dino get the opportunity to present his project at many international conferences – one of the latest was during the Digital Health Care Week in Singapore in October 2013 – but he is also planning to expand his research to specific populations, starting an “Elderly Women and TeleHealth” research project, in liaison with the WeObservatory’s special focus: improving the use of telemedicine services for women.

For more details, check out the research abstract here.
Take a look at Michael Dino’s initial project as posted on Care Challenge and portraid in the video:

Skype for Veterans

Nurses from Canada have proposed a to reduce social isolation for the residents of a Long Term Care facility via Skype. Their project was shared via Care Challenge and was chosen to receive promotional support – a professional video – from the Connecting Nurses Steering Committee. When accepting this support, nurse Lorraine La France said, “The video seems to be an excellent idea. It would allow nurses immediate access to how we started and applied the program and could be used by any center, virtually anywhere. In other words a video would reach more people and more people who are isolated could benefit from a better quality of life. It could be used by hospitals, long term care centers, communities, libraries, churches, schools, in homes etc. Anywhere that a nurse is involved.”