11 November 2014. ESPI presented its humanitarian telemedicine project at the 5th Carrefour de la Télésanté, which this year was associated with the 19th International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH) International Conference, and which was held at the Cité de la Science et de l’Industrie
On the occasion of the 5th Carrefour de la Télésanté, which this year focused on International Health, Resident Fellow Alexandra Bonnefoy was invited to speak at the Friday 17th October session dedicated to the contributions of eHealth to the economic development of nations. The presentation highlighted the importance of health not only for the international development agenda, but most importantly for the individuals, who, through a greater and improved access to health, contribute to the economic transformation of their countries. The benefits and success stories experienced in humanitarian telemedicine were also presented, along with the proposal to test humanitarian telemedicine primary care for countries in permanent need of medical aid. Finally, a set of recommendations, extracted from the report, were presented to the public. The panel was moderated by Mrs. Denise Silber, President of Basil Strategies and founder of the conference Doctors 2.0 & You. The session discussed how telemedicine and more broadly, eHealth, are contributing both to healthcare and to economic development. As acknowledged during the panel, a healthier population is itself a driver of the economy, and virtual tools help in many ways. Indeed they enable the healthcare system to reach more people and they create new economic opportunities for those multiple stakeholders involved in the provision of service. The other panel topics discussed, during the two day-event, included the presentation of new tools and services (Session 1), the success stories of eHeath applications around the world (Session 2), legal and regulatory frameworks (Session 3), and methodologies to be implemented to support eHealth projects (Session 5). The Conference was a great success with over 450 participants from over 20 countries.