Lancet Digital Health: Is the future of medical diagnosis incomputer algorithms? (3)

6 May, 2019

It would be great to see the full study. But I always wonder, puzzled and in many cases confused by the statistics coming form USA about use of digital health in general and AI in particular. I always question myself (not others) how relevant the digital health, AI in particular of USA to the people in LMICs. The coverage and ability to collect statistics, the penetration of the Internet and other telecommunication services, the use of digital technologies, the push by pharmaceutical companies to adopt some technologies they fund, the literacy and digital literacy differences, the culture, etc. I have no issue, of course, learning and knowing what research says in USA but I challenge myself (not others) as to how LMICs can catch up and adopt these technologies.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,

e-Marefa Advisor

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Amman 11937


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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.

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