Title: Multi-disciplinary Innovation in Healthcare- Social Entrepreneurship in mHealth
The United Nations has recognized the need for a holistic approach of sustainable development where health, environment and social wellbeing are being targeted together through the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the healthcare sector, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the platform that seeks to overcome inequality in tackling the service provision gap and the financial gap that populations face. The role of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) to build the essential building blocks of UHC has been accepted, In particular, the proliferation of mobile phones in developing countries, have raised the specter of better access to quality healthcare in a cost-effective manner. Mobile communication devices, in conjunction with the Internet and social media, present opportunities to enhance disease prevention and management by extending health interventions beyond the reach of traditional care—an approach referred to as mHealth. It has been predicted that there will be ‘‘more mobile phones than people’’ on the planet, and currently three-quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that m-health has the ‘‘potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe”. Interestingly, the Govt of China has been actively encouraging universities to impart entrepreneurship education to its engineering and technical students. This requires an interdisciplinary approach to technical education and research. This talk will present an overview of the role entrepreneurship can play in helping address the global problem of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) based on mHealth.
Professor Pradeep Ray was the founder and Director for 10 years at the Asia Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia that was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth (in 2013). In APuHC, Pradeep has been working on a range of innovative projects on eHealth and mHealth (jointly with the industry, country governments and global bodies like WHO, ITU and IEEE) in eHealth (using Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare) and mHealth (healthcare using mobile phone technologies) across the Asia Pacific region. He is currently leading research on social entrepreneurship, such as Universal Healthcare based on UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) through public-private partnerships. He has been the founder of IEEE Healthcom, the premier international conference on eHealth that has been held annually since 1999. He is now an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Social Implications of Technology.