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Ubiquitous Healthcare: A Fundamental Right in the Civilized World

  • Pradeep Ray
  • Dhanjoo Ghista
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

Ubiquitous healthcare (u-Health) is the next step to electronic health (e-Health) that is becoming a major agenda in the goals of international development to help bridge the gap between developed and developing countries. Until recently, approximately 40% of the population in developing countries have not had basic healthcare. In this domain, computer communication technologies could play a major role, as per the recent e-Health communiqué from the World Health Organization (WHO) [1].

Today, e-Health, (understood to mean use of information and communication technologies locally and at a distance), presents a unique opportunity for the development of public health of uniform levels across communities. The strengthening of healthcare systems through e-Health may even contribute to the implementation of fundamental human rights by improving equity, solidarity, quality-of-life, and quality-of-care. WHO member states and groups of member states are drafting their own strategies for...

Keywords

Telemedicine Service Severe Climatic Condition United Nation System Wireless Mobile Communication Ubiquitous Healthcare 
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References

  1. 1.
    World Health Organisation (WHO) e-Health Report by Secretariat, Fifty-Eighth World Health Assembly A58/21, April 2005Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    ITU-D Focus Group 7 Final Report on New Technologies for Rural Applications, April, 2005 www.itu.int/ITU-D/fg7/pdf/FG_7-e.pdf

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pradeep Ray
    • 1
  • Dhanjoo Ghista
    • 2
  1. 1.Asia-Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

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