Telecommunications and informatics contributions to the future of public health: A forecast

V. Garshnek, F. M. Burkle

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Much of public health consists of information transfer to support the mission of disease prevention and health promotion. A focused needs-specific application of telecommunication and information technologies to this discipline would enhance the ability to transmit information and improve global health. Although tele-health processes and communications systems have been evolving in effectiveness, accessibility and simplicity, and applied to a variety of medical specialities, the application to public health has been slow. Past public health activities and problems suggest certain core concerns in areas related to the accessibility, content, accuracy, reliability and timeliness of health information. These concerns should drive the selection of technology solutions. Given the known array of current and near-future technological capabilities and public health needs, a forecast of how future telecommunications and information technology capabilities can meet these needs can be generated. The authors discuss new developments in communication/information pathways; information technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet and World Wide Web; and some projected applications in the public health area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Pacific Medical Technology Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationTranscending Time, Distance and Structural Barriers, PACMEDTek 1998
EditorsRosemary Nelson, Seong K. Mun, Anthony Gelish
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0818686677, 9780818686672
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event1998 Pacific Medical Technology Symposium, PACMEDTek 1998 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Aug 17 1998Aug 20 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings - Pacific Medical Technology Symposium: Transcending Time, Distance and Structural Barriers, PACMEDTek 1998


Other1998 Pacific Medical Technology Symposium, PACMEDTek 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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