2013 Global Health Conference
Adopting Technology in Global Health
The 2nd annual UT Southwestern Office of Global Health Conference: Adopting Technology in Global Health took place January 18–19, 2013, on UT Southwestern Medical Center's North Campus. A distinguished panel of international global health and technology experts served on the Program Committee.
The course content was designed for physicians, scientists, allied health care professionals, public health professionals, nurses, employees of non-governmental organizations, non-profit foundations, and grant organizations. It offered participants an opportunity to learn about, champion, partner, and advocate for global health development from an academic perspective.
- Meena Cherian, M.D., presented “WHO Global Initiative for Emergence and Essential Surgical Care: Technologies to Meet Local Needs.”
- Lakshmin Tamil, Ph.D., discussed an ongoing shift in healthcare delivery through advancements in telemedicine and virtual clinics through a presentation entitled, “An Interactive Health Platform for Global Health."
- Okechukwu Okuzu presented “Monitoring Patients with Chronic Diseases Via SMS Technology – From Pilot to Commercialization in Nigeria.”
Mr. Okuzu discussed the use of SMS technology as a proven healthcare management tool with important applications for global health and the developing world.
- Egbe Osifo-Dawodu, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., MRCP, presented “Mobile Phones: The Unexpected Health Care Tool in Global Health.”
Dr. Osifo-Dawodu discussed mobile phones being used in emerging markets to coordinate the activities of field-based health workers, provide remote disease monitoring, and give language-specific health education to the general population.
- Sujata Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., P.E., presented “Medical Devices and Biomaterials for the Developing World: Leveraging Naturally-Derived Polymers.”
Dr. Bhatia discussed how innovations in biomedical engineering can allow developing nations to join in the bio-medical revolution in ways that were not previously possible.
- Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., presented “Blue Marble Health.”
Dr. Hotez spoke about neglected tropical diseases that are occurring among poor and wealthy nations, including the United States, and how this provides an extraordinary opportunity for science diplomacy.
- Morad Hameed, M.D., M.P.H., presented “Design and Implementation of an Electronic Trauma Health Records for Low-Resource Settings.”
- “Completing the Loop: Bringing Science to the Patient through Commercialization.”
Lawrence Allred, Ph.D., shared a strategic way for universities to remain competitive by advancing technologies to the point where they can be commercialized.
- Nicholas Comninellis, M.D., M.P.H., presented “Appropriate Technology for Global Health.”
Dr. Comninellis discussed the appropriate applications of health care technology in the context of low-resource settings.