Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are heightening the capabilities of the most advanced medical technologies as well as extending the reach of healthcare services to some of the world’s most remote areas.
But at least half of the world’s population is still not fully covered by essential health services, highlights the World Health Organization (WHO). Countries home to sufficient healthcare coverage are struggling to care for ageing populations. And saving lives in the wake of disasters depends to a large degree on the availability of communication infrastructure.
How could we ensure that ‘digital health’ serves everyone, everywhere?
Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that increase dialogue between academics and ICT standardization experts. The aim of the conference is to identify emerging trends in ICT research and associated implications for international standardization.
Submissions to Kaleidoscope 2019 are encouraged to highlight ICTs’ contribution to innovation in healthcare delivery and medicine, as well as the demands that such innovation will place on ICT networks and supporting technical standards.
The conference welcomes submissions from both technical and social sciences, organizing submissions into three tracks:
Researchers preparing submissions to Kaleidoscope 2019 are encouraged to consult the conference’s Call for Papers.
All papers selected for presentation at the conference will be published in the Kaleidoscope Proceedings. Special recognition will be afforded to the authors of the three best papers, who will also share in a prize fund of 6,000 Swiss francs.
A selection of extended Kaleidoscope papers may be published in the International Journal of Technology Marketing, the International Journal of Standardization Research and the Journal of ICT Standardization.
Authors of outstanding papers may also be invited to contribute to ITU’s standardization work for e-health, work that supports the interoperability of e-health systems, safeguards security and privacy, and reduces the cost of devices through economies of scale.
ITU standards provide for medical-grade e-health devices, ensuring that the trend towards wearable technologies and ‘personal connected health’ builds on reliable, interoperable standards-based ICTs.
New ITU standards address telemedicine systems using ultra-high definition imagery, the data schema and supporting services necessary to e-health data exchange, and healthcare indices derived from analyses of brain imagery.
A new ITU standard for the safe listening of music players and associated ITU-WHO Safe Listening Toolkit are assisting government and industry in combatting ‘sound-induced hearing loss’, the world’s leading cause of preventable hearing loss.
An ITU Focus Group on ‘AI for Health’, driven in close collaboration by ITU and WHO, is working towards the establishment of a framework and associated processes for the performance benchmarking of ‘AI for Health’ algorithms.
For more information on ITU standardization work for e-health, visit ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia).