20 Feb ITU, WHO and the Andalusian Regional Government launch the first European hub for mobile health
The European mHealth Hub will be a reference site for innovation and knowledge in mHealth for the European territories of the World Health Organization
The ‘European Innovation and Knowledge mHealth Hub’, the first reference site for mobile health in Europe, has been presented in Geneva today. This project is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is executed by the Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality (ACSA, by its Spanish Acronym), leading a consortium of 19 international entities.
The public launch event has been chaired by the Chief Information Officer of the WHO, Bernardo Mariano; the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, Doreen Bogdan-Martin; and the Andalusian Regional Minister for Health, Jesús Aguirre Muñoz.
During this event, the representatives from these leading institutions presented the project and launched its website: www.mhealth-hub.org, which is already online.
The mHealth Hub will be a reference site for innovation and knowledge in mHealth for the European territories of the WHO, which comprises 53 countries. The project, funded by the European Commission through the “Horizon 2020” programme, arose from the “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile” initiative of the ITU and the WHO, and it aims to collect and share national and regional experiences on mHealth and to promote the implementation of mHealth at large scale in Europe.
To this end, this Hub will work as a place for sharing good practices and experiences among different countries and regions, to learn from each other, and to carry out projects for promoting and guiding the development of digital innovation in health systems, through mobile technology, and with a special focus on non-communicable diseases.
Among its main outcomes, the mHealth Hub will contribute to analysing the existing assessment models of mHealth services in Europe, to serve as a reference for a hypothetical common framework; will develop toolkits for the implementation of specific services; and will foster the exchange and spread of digital innovations within the health systems of European countries.
In the long term, it is expected that the Hub will become an independent and self-sufficient entity, which will keep providing support for countries and regions to scale up their own mHealth services through an extensive service portfolio.
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