UniversalDoctor Wins UN World Summit Award (WSA-mobile) for Mobile Health



An international jury of 60 experts from nearly 50 countries has selected UniversalDoctor Speaker out of nearly 500 initiatives as a global winner of the UN WSA-mobile 2014 Award.

Amid the world’s best mobile application developers, UniversalDoctor will be honoured with the global UN-based World Summit Award mobile (WSA mobile) at the World Summit Global Congress in Abu Dhabi, 1-3 February, 2015. UniversalDoctor Speaker was selected by the global Jury out of 480 submissions from over 100 countries.

UniversalDoctor will receive their Award in the mEnvironment & mHealth category in front of UN representatives, ICT ministries and the private sector.


This event is within the United Nations framework of the World Summit for the Information Society and WSA (World Summit Award) is a flagship initiative.

World Summit Award was launched as part of the United Nations Summit on the Information Society in 2003  and is the unique global competition for recognizing the best in m-Content and Creativity. WSA is implementing the mandate of the UN WSIS Tunis Action Plan towards 2015.

“To drive meaningful and relevant innovation in mobile technology, you have to connect smart minds. With the WSA mobile we dive into the status quo of mobile content and showcase the momentum of development all over the world. This year’s winners are an excellent selection of the most important factor of development – matching local solutions to local needs. Abu Dhabi will be the special stage to highlight the swing of state-of-the-art mobile content serving to develop local communities, national social strategies and meaningful use of mobile technologies”, says WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck.

The WSA-mobile winners were selected by a Jury of international ICT experts in two democratic rounds. Each UN Member State is eligible to nominate one product per category for the World Summit Award. This way any nomination results from a national pre-selection prior to the international WSA Jury.

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Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the WSA mobile Gobal Congress will deliver a best practice exhibition of the top digital m-Content projects worldwide. From 1-3 February 2015, Abu Dhabi will turn into “a global panopticum of smart minds doing smart things”, states Peter A. Bruck.

The agenda of the WSA mobile Global Congress will be a compilation of interaction and inspiration, assembling workshops, business blind-dates and infamous keynotes, bringing together UN and governmental representatives, privates sector and innovators.


  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, ITU
  • H.E. Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki , CEO Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development, UA
  • Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, Etisalat
  • H.E. Ivo Ivanovski, Minister Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Macedonia
  • H.E. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, Canada
  • Taavi Kotka, Deputy Secretary General – ICT at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia, Estonia
  • Anne Shongwe, Founder and CEO Afroes, South Africa
  • Lalith Weeratunga, Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Ralph Simon, Chairman Emeritus & Founder, Mobile Entertainment Forum-Americas, UK
  • H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
  • Janine Warner, Media Executive, Creator of DigitalFamily.com, USA
  • Catherine Warren, President, FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, Canada
  • Boris Nemsic, Executive Partner, Delta Partners
  • Gary Schwartz, President & CEO, Impact Mobile, Canada
  • Dorothy Gordon, DG Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT and Development
  • Jari Tammisto, President, Mobile Monday, Finland
  • Madanmohan Rao, Chief Researcher, Mobile Monday, Singapore
  • Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Group Limited, South Africa
  • Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya
  • Paul Hughes, Innovator and Founder of 10 Metres of Thinking, UK


About World Summit Award-mobile

The World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. The WSA-mobile is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the mobile community in over 170 countries. Abu Dhabi, as the city of the award’s key partner ADSIC (Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre), is host for all WSA-mobile Awards.

Visit WSA-mobile on www.wsa-mobile.org, facebook.com/WorldSummitAward and twitter.com/WSAoffice

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Crowd translation network for Ebola outbreak

Crowd translation network for Ebola outbreak

Originally posted on WeObservatory Blog :

UniversalDoctor has launched a non-profit initiative for the Ebola outbreak: Translation4Outbreaks.

Translations 4 Outbreaks is a crowd-translation platform to translate Ebola information for patients and medical personnel into as many languages as possible. The platform harnesses the language skills of people from across the world (the ‘crowd’) by making it easy for them to help translate important healthcare and outbreak information into different languages.

The content of the Ebola messages on the platform comes from different public health authorities (CDC, MSF etc) who provide credible information on Ebola. All translations will be offered as free PDFs on the website for anyone to download and use.

Applications are accepted from people all over the world to help with this crowd-translation effort so if you would be interested in helping, spread the word !


Read recent news article about Translations 4 Outbreaks here.

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Give mothers a chance !

Give mothers a chance !

Originally posted on WeObservatory Blog :

“Give mothers a chance !” - says Dr. Véronique Thouvenot while presenting the Zero Mothers Die project during the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon in New York, where the picture above was taken. At her side, another co-founder of ZMD, Jordi Serrano Pons.

Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory and one of the co-founders of Zero Mothers Die, has recently spent an entire week attending numerous events in NY dedicated to global health challenges, mHealth and Women’s health (see previous post).

The highlight of the week was the official launch of  Zero Mothers Die by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the Women Leaders Forum inside the UN Headquarter during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. 7605130The Mum’s Phone, a unique $30 mobile phone designed for pregnant women, was launched as a key element of ZMD to highlight…

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Launching UniversalNurse Speaker – New Translation Tool for Nurses for Patient Communication


3918078_origUniversalNurse Speaker was launched at the 2014 Medetel Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth


UniversalNurse Speaker is a new translation tool to facilitate multilingual healthcare communication between Nurses and Patients who don’t speak the same language. The tool is tailored to support Nurses in communicating with patients in different languages.

UniversalNurse Speaker was launched by Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons at the Special Session on Women at MedeTel, hosted by the Women Observatory for eHealth (WeObservatory) and the ISfTeH’s Working Group on Women. MedeTel is the International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum, an official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH).

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Speakers of the Women Special Session: D. Manset, J. Lemaire, J. Serrano Pons, S. Coumel, L. Murrugarra, V. Kola, A. Schmauss, C. Forget, V. Thouvenot, K. Holmes, L. Lhotska





Thirteen presentations were made during the session, covering various aspects of eHealth and Telemedicine in diverse contexts, to address the health needs of women in underserved areas, through big data solutions, use of social media, education and research, multilingualism and connected platforms. Download the full report from the session here.


UniversalNurse Speaker is part of the UniversalNurses Project, a joint venture between:

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in collaboration with

logoto support healthcare communication by Nurses by overcoming language barriers with patients. UniversalNurse Speaker is powered by UniversalDoctor translation technology used by hospitals and patients worldwide.



Discover UniversalNurse Speaker.



Photos from MedeTel 2014:

MedeTel Programme

MedeTel Programme

Moderators Panel for the Special Session on Women

Moderators Panel for the Special Session on Women

Map of the WeObservatory projects

Map of the WeObservatory projects

Dr. Veronique Thouvenot presenting the WeObservatory

Dr. Veronique Thouvenot presenting the WeObservatory

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons demonstrating UniversalNurse Speaker on the iPad

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons demonstrating UniversalNurse Speaker on the iPad

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presenting UniversalNurses Project

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presenting UniversalNurses Project

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presenting UniversalDoctor

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presenting UniversalDoctor

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Jeannine Lemaire presenting Zero Mothers Die, an mHealth project to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Jeannine Lemaire presenting Zero Mothers Die, an mHealth project to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Photos kindly shared by: @lygidakis@vthouvenot@DrKristie — @JeannineLemaire — @UniversalDoctor.


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About ISfTeH


The ISfTeH exists to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth, to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide, and to offer unprecedented networking opportunities. Med-e-Tel is one of the instruments that help the ISfTeH to realize this mission. The ISfTeH network currently comprises members in 70 countries around the world.

Launch of UniversalDoctor Speaker for Android on Google Play

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We are excited to announce the launch of UniversalDoctor Speaker for Android on Google Play, now available for both Android smartphones and tablets!




At UniversalDoctor, our objective is to facilitate multilingual communication between healthcare professionals and patients to promote equality of access to healthcare information and care — no matter what language is spoken. Bringing UniversalDoctor Speaker to Android is a great step forward in our goal of breaking down language barriers in healthcare, making our app available on more devices and accessible by more users around the world.


UniversalDoctor Speaker is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Download it today!


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We also recently added 2 new languages to support our users from and travelers to Italy and Poland, bringing the total number of languages for UniversalDoctor Speaker for iOS and Android to 13 languages — the biggest range of languages available on any medical translator app on the market.

We’d love to get your feedback on what other languages are important to you (add a comment below or tweet us @UniversalDoctor).



UniversalDoctor en el Top 10 de las 50 mejores apps de salud en español #50appsalud

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Desde la publicación:


“El mercado de la mHealth está en constante crecimiento y genera un interés cada vez mayor por parte de los diferentes agentes vinculados al ámbito de la salud, así como de la sociedad en general. En los últimos años se han presentado numerosas publicaciones sobre la realidad de este sector, algunas de las cuales reflejamos en este trabajo. Este informe no pretende competir con las mismas, sino hacer una llamada de atención sobre la situación de la salud móvil en el mercado hispanohablante, aportando una selección de las apps en español que destacan por su calidad, utilidad médica y contribución a la mejora de la salud, cuya información se ha recogido hasta el mes de enero de 2014. Pretendemos por lo tanto lanzar un primer instrumento que sirva como espacio de reflexión y acercamiento, con la intención de que quede abierto al diálogo y a la participación futura de un mayor número de agentes y profesionales de la salud.”


UniversalDoctor Speaker en el cuadro de honor “Top 10″ de todas las 50 mejores apps de salud en español:

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Descargar la publicación aquí : http://madrid.theappdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Informe-TAD-50-Mejores-Apps-de-Salud.pdf

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