Health

20 May 2021 / Health, Sport
  A heart attack during a training session led former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on a quest to better understand his cardiovascular health – and to championing artificial intelligence (AI) to help others like him. Casillas is backing IDOVEN,...
  • 20 May 2021
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US President Joe Biden recently announced a goal for 70 per cent of the adult US population to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4. Cities are playing a key role in this historic vaccination effort,...
  • 7 May 2021
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19 February 2021 / Health, Inclusivity
Can simple digital tools lead to healthier lives for children, adolescents, and mothers? In Tanzania – where limited resources result in over 800,000 preventable deaths of children under five and 1.2 million unintended pregnancies  –  two digital health projects aim to...
  • 19 February 2021
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10 February 2021 / Health, Inclusivity
Even before the world began to grapple with COVID-19, many turned to artificial intelligence to fast-track solutions for healthcare challenges confronting patients, health workers, institutions, and governments. Yet, as AI-driven applications are being tested and deployed, a call to ensure these endeavours...
  • 10 February 2021
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23 December 2020 / 5G, Health
The ITU Journal is inviting contributions to five upcoming special issues on Bio-NanoThings for healthcare, Internet of Everything, Terahertz communications, wireless communication systems beyond 5G, and AI and machine learning in networking. The ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies provides complete...
  • 23 December 2020
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12 November 2020 / Health, Inclusivity, Robotics for Good
*The following Cities Today article has been reposted with the publisher’s kind permission. The original article can be found here.   The City of Seoul is deploying humanoid robots to help senior citizens become comfortable with using smartphones, online messaging and...
  • 12 November 2020
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30 September 2020 / Health, Pandemic
As the world races to control the spread of COVID-19 and find a vaccine, what role can artificial intelligence play? This is the question that Yoshua Bengio, founder of Mila and winner of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing award, and...
  • 30 September 2020
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7 September 2020 / Health, Pandemic
A new ad-hoc group within the ITU-WHO Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health aims to establish best practices in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) at each lifecycle of a public health emergency. Participation is open to all interested parties. The group will...
  • 7 September 2020
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13 May 2020 / Food, Health
For decades, the number of hungry people was declining. This isn’t true anymore. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on food systems. But even before COVID-19 began to affect food systems and agricultural livelihoods, 135 million people were...
  • 13 May 2020
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15 April 2020 / Health, Pandemic
Digital health technologies are critical tools in the ongoing fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, 5G and robotics can provide valuable and innovative solutions for patient treatment, frontline protection, risk reduction, communications and improved quality...
  • 15 April 2020
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7 April 2020 / Health, Pandemic
Now more than ever, hospitals are under great stress, and the people bearing the brunt of this pandemic are the nurses and clinicians at the frontlines of patient care. Today, 7 April 2020, is World Health Day – and an opportunity to...
  • 7 April 2020
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6 April 2020 / Cybersecurity, Health, Pandemic
Contact tracing is a key public health response to limit infectious disease outbreaks such as the global COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, authorities worldwide are using the power of mobile technologies to help them understand and manage the spread of...
  • 6 April 2020
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2 April 2020 / Health, Pandemic
The Republic of Korea has been successful so far in containing COVID-19 without shutting down its economy, even though schools, museums and gyms — places where large numbers of people might gather in an enclosed space — are closed. How...
  • 2 April 2020
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25 February 2020 / Health
We are witnessing a global shift from traditional, reactive healthcare to proactive health and wellbeing/wellness fuelled by digital solutions. A recently published article from mHealth shows that 75% of healthcare companies are planning to execute artificial intelligence (AI) strategies in 2020. This...
  • 25 February 2020
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3 February 2020 / Health
Dr Nick Sireau finally found a way to save his children from decades of disabling pain: weed killer. Dr Sireau’s two sons were born with Alkaptonuria, also known as Black Bone Disease, an ultra-rare genetic mutation which affects just 200 people...
  • 3 February 2020
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2 October 2019 / Health
The ITU Focus Group on ‘AI for Health’ (FG-AI4H), created in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has issued a Call for Proposals to identify compelling use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in strengthening health services and overarching health systems. The Call for...
  • 2 October 2019
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27 August 2019 / Health
Tingly? Sharp? Electric? Dull? Pulsing? Trying to describe a pain you feel to your doctor can be a difficult task. But soon, you won’t have to: a computer avatar is expected to tell your doctor everything they need to know....
  • 27 August 2019
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31 May 2019 / Health
Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides unprecedented opportunities to address ongoing challenges that stand in the way of providing quality healthcare for all. AI’s potential to assist medical decision-making at reduced cost is particularly immense. But before achieving what some have called...
  • 31 May 2019
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31 May 2019 / Health
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are making a key contribution to innovation in health services and overarching health systems. We are living through a time of accelerating convergence. Technologies are converging. Industries are converging. Our world has become highly interconnected....
  • 31 May 2019
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30 May 2019 / Health
Healthcare is a domain for which Artificial Intelligence (AI) is particularly useful. That’s why AI for Health is a core theme of the AI for Good Global Summit. During the Summit in Geneva, Switzerland this week Hadas Bitran, Head of the...
  • 30 May 2019
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22 May 2019 / Health
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) underpin today’s digital economy. This is true for many sectors, but it is especially exciting in the healthcare sector because of its potential to improve and even save lives. From remote surgery to improved diagnoses...
  • 22 May 2019
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11 January 2019 / Health
The global burden of mental illness, both in terms of human suffering and economic loss, is catastrophic and rapidly growing. Worldwide, mental health conditions affect more than a third of the world’s population. Just two conditions alone – depression and...
  • 11 January 2019
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18 December 2018 / Health
Universal Health Coverage Day, commemorated last week, has highlighted the urgent need to provide affordable and high-quality healthcare for all. Much progress has recently been achieved in global health thanks to the expanded delivery of lifesaving interventions like bednets and...
  • 18 December 2018
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23 November 2018 / Health
The ITU-WHO initiative working towards the standardization of a framework for the performance benchmarking of ‘AI for Health’ algorithms has accepted eight new use cases addressing health issues spanning from breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease to autism, vision loss, skin...
  • 23 November 2018
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6 November 2018 / Health
Next week will host the second meeting of the Focus Group on ‘AI for Health’ (FG-AI4H), a new ITU-WHO initiative working towards the establishment of a framework and associated process for the performance benchmarking of ‘AI for Health’ algorithms. The Focus...
  • 6 November 2018
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15 October 2018 / Education, Health, Inclusivity
To mark the International Day of Rural Women ITU News looks at the work of a female entrepreneur using innovative technologies in Pakistan to make a difference in the lives of women and girls across the country. An innovative chatbot called Raaji...
  • 15 October 2018
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21 August 2018 / Health
The potential for data-driven medicine and predictive analytics is clear. AI and machine learning are assisting healthcare providers with more informed clinical decision-making and enabling patients to take an active role in their own health, with access to real-time data...
  • 21 August 2018
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20 August 2018 / Health
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged in May that she would invest substantially in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect cancer in its early stage. This technology is expected to save 22,000 lives each year by 2033. French President Emmanuel Macron also aims...
  • 20 August 2018
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2 August 2018 / Health
The power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve medical problems in the areas of radiology, oncology, surgery, disease prevention, tumour detection, mental health, precision treatment and beyond is phenomenal. For example, AI has the potential to prevent the spread of...
  • 2 August 2018
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13 June 2018 / Health
As an emerging technology on the front lines of health service delivery, the mobile phone holds potential that no other single tool can provide. That’s why two United Nations agencies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have turned...
  • 13 June 2018
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22 May 2018 / Digital Economy, Ethics, Health
“Health and [artificial intelligence] are natural companions, a very exciting convergence. The health sector is in many countries the largest economic sector or the fastest growing,” says Marcel Salathé of the Swiss technological institute, EPFL, and co-lead of the ‘Breakthrough team’...
  • 22 May 2018
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21 May 2018 / Health
At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services. But low-cost, easy-to-use technologies powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) promise to deliver quality and affordable health care to the people who need it most, no matter how hard to reach....
  • 21 May 2018
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16 May 2018 / Health
One device will feature in the ‘tech for good’ projects of every humanitarian organization. The mobile phone – now in the hands of the vast majority of the world’s people – is fast becoming a powerful tool to source the...
  • 16 May 2018
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16 May 2018 / Health, Smart Cities
The terms ‘Big Data’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ are becoming commonplace across industries far beyond the tech sector. While these concepts are understood in a variety of contexts and ways, the mobile industry views developments in this area as a significant...
  • 16 May 2018
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The second AI for Good Global Summit started briskly Tuesday at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with organizers emphasizing that this is not just another conference. “Over the next three days, our objective is to connect AI innovators with public-...
  • 15 May 2018
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6 April 2018 / Health
Currently half the world does not have access to adequate health services and the burden of poor health disproportionally affects those already living in poverty. So, how can Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) help to realize the goal of Universal Health Coverage...
  • 6 April 2018
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5 April 2018 / Health
Rima Arnaout wants to be clear: The AI she created to analyze heart scans, which easily outperformed human experts on its task, is not ready to replace cardiologists. It was a limited task, she notes, just the first step in what...
  • 5 April 2018
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17 November 2017 / Disaster Management, Food, Health
So far this year, thirteen storms have ravaged the Caribbean, leaving millions of people without access to food, water, and shelter. When disasters strike, access to accurate information and a capacity to act quickly is critical for humanitarian organisations to...
  • 17 November 2017
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