IGF 2022 DC-DDHT Community Connection to Ehealth, Telemedicine & MIoT

Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (06:30 UTC) - Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (08:00 UTC)

Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies

Panel - Auditorium - 90 Min


The session will demonstrate the value, issues, risks and opportunities for self-support and collaboration for investment, research and development for ehealth services, so as to enable economic resilience, within communities and to reach UN SDG #3 Health & Wellbeing For All.

Topics include Eco-system for eHealth, Telemedicine, AI, Emerging Technologies, Green Health, Personal Internet Devices, Access, Power Prioratization, Storage,  Emergency Relief Supports...

A special focus on onboarding to the Medical Internet of Things MIoT will be discussed, through the launch of the DC DDHT Tool Kit for community ehealth support.

Public participation is fully encouraged.

The session will be fully hybrid. 1) The online moderator will be the lead moderator and host of the event. The public engagement will be managed through a collaboration of the onsite and online moderators, with the online moderator being the lead moderator, We will use the hands up tool for the audience to request the floor 2) Onsite participants will present in the same manner as virtual participants, so that all presentation materials are fully accessible to all. 3) No additional tools will be used.



United Nations Internet Governance Forum Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies Amali De Silva-Mitchell; Dr Amado Espinosa; Herman Ramos; Alex Buckham; Frederic Cohen, Dr Joao Rocha Gomes et al.



Invited guest speakers:

Hon. Dr Hedy Fry PC, MP (Canada)

Mr. Sean Dodge, RBC Capital Markets US

Mr. Bastiaan Quast, UN ITU

Ms. Gitanjali Sah, UN ITU.

Ms. Lidia Best, President / European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) & Gerry Ellis: Feel the BenefIT


Members of the coalition will also present. The floor will be open to the participants as well.


Onsite Moderator

Dr Amado Espinosa

Online Moderator

Amali De Silva - Mitchell


Amali De Silva - Mitchell



Targets: UN SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing for All; #4 Quality Education; #5 Gender Equality; #10 Reduce Inequalities; #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; #17 Partnerships for the Goals; #1 No Poverty; #2 Zero Hunger.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Accessibility issues are critical matters that must be addressed to enable universal access to ehealth

Many stakeholders at different stages of the ehealth development life cycle makeup the ehealth eco-system; sharing of information amongst them is critical for attaining the universal SDG #3.
Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Ensure all ehealth systems have addressed accessibility issues, and provide ehealth operators with the education to enable effectiveness.

Develop easily accessible spaces for stakeholder conversations on ehealth development.

Session Report (* deadline 26 October) - click on the ? symbol for instructions

Session: IGF 2022 DC-DDHT Community Connection to Ehealth, Telemedicine & MIoT, presented by the United Nations Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies.

The overall context of the session was based on the opportunities available for communities, from the international space to the village, to support each other in the development of ehealth systems. Fair and equitable internet access, is an opportunity to support a resilient ehealth service, so as to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3, Health and Well-being for All. The need for the support of “good samaritans” who may be a neighbor with internet skills, or a compassionate internet philanthropist, is sought, so as to enable this end goal. The session commenced with a status update on ehealth, followed by a discussion of issues pertinent for onboarding a broader group of users, to the medical internet of things. The DC DDHT onboarding to MIoT tool kit was launched, with an invitation for everyone to contribute to developing this online information tool. A general question and answer period followed. The session was moderate by Ms. Amali De Silva-Mitchell (DC Coordinator) online and Dr Amado Espinosa onsite.

Dr Joao Rocha Gomes reflected on the use of emerging technologies for ehealth and spoke about the role of patient self-monitoring (internet as a tool). There is the need to increase the active engagement from the patient (often through the use of the internet, for patient specific care) for this self-help activity, which will lead to the resilience and opportunities for greater capacity for the ehealth system. He spoke of the use of AI to screen and profile patients for treatment options, saving time at patient intake (more patients could be triaged), again increasing the capacity and efficiency of the ehealth system.  

Mr. Sean Dodge, Royal Bank of Canada RBC Capital Markets US, highlighted the tremendous growth in financial investment within the healthcare technology sector. He pointed out that non-traditional health care-based entities, such as a large consumer brand company, as well as a large database software technology company, were now investing in the space. He noted the changing behavioral profiles of patients, who were now rapidly seeking telemedicine options (40+%) that came into active use, during the covid pandemic, as their preferred engagement option with their healthcare provider.  

Mr. Gerry Ellis of Feel the BenefIT and Ms. Lidia Best, President European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) spoke of their work with the ITU / WHO working group, that in June 2022, set up a universal standard for enabling accessibility to the internet, for all persons with visible and invisible disabilities. An inclusive internet is an internet that is open for use by all peoples (diversity) of the world, in a fair and equitable manner. The medical internet of things MIoT, can only be effective if it has ehealth systems (including devices) that are compliant with universal accessibility standards. They also noted that disabled persons should be provided with additional time to navigate the internet based technology, such as by the extension of time-outs to web page access and so-forth.

The general discussion that ensued was active and was based on a broad set of topics. It was noted that the opportunity for conversations and information sharing amongst stakeholders is important for the development of ehealth eco-system. The full length utube recording of the session is available for viewing on the IGF 2022 website. The webpage with access to the DC online book and tool kit is available at: Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies (DC-DDHT) | Internet Governance Forum (intgovforum.org)

Reported by Ms. Amali De Silva-Mitchell, Coordinator UN IGF DC DDHT