Innovative Technologies and the Transformation of Global and Public Health

How can digital technologies be leveraged to improve knowledge processes in the domain of global and public health? This question was addressed at an event organised by the National Academies of the Unites States of America in Washington DC. Christoph Pimmer, from the Institute for Information Systems of the FHNW School of Business, acted as a Co-Chair and shared findings from an international innovation project in a keynote address.

Emerging digital technologies, such as mobile and social media, virtual and augmented reality and big data, are transforming learning, collaboration and work processes in the domain of public and global health. To explore chances and risks of these technological developments, the National Academies hosted a two-day event on the 16th and 17th November 2017 in Washington DC.

The event was convened by the National Academies Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, which brings together academic experts and practitioners, i.e., representatives from 19 different health professions and branches, from 9 countries. It included a range of diverse activities, such as hands-on workshops with innovators from high-tech companies, the presentation of evidence-based research, and the discussion of policy implications.

Digital Media and Health

Christoph Pimmer, who acted as a Co-Chair of the event, presented findings from an international innovation project on the use of digital media for health professionals, which he co-leads together with Urs Gröhbiel. The applied research project, which is funded by Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, is piloting the use of mobile social media to strengthen knowledge exchange in large and distributed digital networks and communities of health professionals in marginalised areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

The key results of the event are currently being written up and will made available to a public audience in the form of Proceedings. The video clips of the individual sessions are already available online.


Dr. Christoph Pimmer

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