[Blueboard] Invitation to Attend a Seminar on Mobile Communications for Global Health, August 4 - 8, 2014, AJWCC - SHINE Laboratory, CTC313

Marlene M. De Leon mmana at ateneo.edu
Mon Jul 14 12:36:39 PHT 2014

*The School of Science and Engineeringand theAteneo Java Wireless
Competency Center *
*invites the community to attend a one week workshop on *

*Mobile Communications for Global Health*

In this course, we will look at how mobile communications can be leveraged
for strengthening health outcomes through more effective care and health
systems. We will concentrate our study on resource-limited settings, where
the existing burden of infectious diseases is highest, where chronic
conditions are often left unattended, where the healthcare infrastructure
is least developed, and where the uptake of mobile communications is also
the highest. We will start with the definitions and scope of ICT for
healthcare (eHealth followed by mHealth), and then present a state of the
art of mHealth as it stands today, with a special focus on the challenges
that prevent its widespread adoption. Thereafter, we will look at the
technological aspects of mHealth, with special emphasis on the front-end
user devices and the most widespread modes of communications (SMS being the
primary focus). The underlying open-source development approach will be
presented, as well as the increasing use of cloud computing as the back-end
of mHealth. The course will conclude with descriptions of the main
technology platforms already in use for data collection, communication and
aggregation: a study of these platforms is important since any new
implementation necessarily has to interface with them and co-exist and

The case-study will allow the audience to design a new mHealth solution
based on the desired health outcomes, the ICT infrastructure available, and
the local user profiles. This will allow the audience to appreciate the
fact that hi-tech is not always necessary nor desirable, and that the
primary focus of mHealth should be on the ‘Health’ part rather than the ‘m’


*Dr. Balwant Godara* is currently consulting for the World Health
Organization’s (WHO) country office for India, working on how ICT can help
the WHO fulfill its mandate in India. Over 2013, he provided consultations for
the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Geneva, Switzerland,
on the integration of mobile technologies in the diagnostics of infectious
diseases (these technologies are currently being piloted in India and
elsewhere). From 2007 to 2012, he served as Assistant professor at the
Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, France, working amongst others
on the design of circuits and communication systems for biomedical
applications. He has over 60 publications in international journals and
conferences. Balwant holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical
Engineering (from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India), and a
PhD in Microelectronics (from the University of Bordeaux, France). He is
also an itinerant lecturer in Asia and Europe.

*Dr. Maria Regina E. Estuar *is currently a full time Associate Professor
at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Ateneo de
Manila University. As Executive Director of the Ateneo Java Wireless
Competency Center, Reena has expanded the services of the center to include
design and development of mobile - cloud solutions in the areas of
education, disaster and health. Dr. Estuar also heads the Social Computing
Science Laboratory of the Ateneo which deals with the design and
development of social sensors and social networks to understand social
behavior.  Dr. Estuar has an MS CS in Computer Science and a PhD in Social
Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University.
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