Universal Doctor Speaker Wins WSA-Mobile Global Champion Award for #mHealth

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The 2015 UN World Summit Award – Mobile Global Congress (WSA-Mobile) brought together 400 local and international mobile experts in Abu Dhabi on February 1-3, 2015, to recognise the best mobile applications for social and economic development from 178 countries.

Universal Doctor Speaker was chosen as the Global Champion of the mEnvironment and mHealth category!


Under the theme “Connecting Smart Minds’, the three-day event highlighted global innovation in mobile technologies to enrich lives and empower communities by bringing together some of the world’s best mobile content developers.  WSA-Mobile showcased 500 mobile applications across 178 countries and eight main categories covering a range of key economic, social and business areas, from commerce and government to environment, health and education. The event honored the 40 world’s best mobile producers for their pioneering innovation in the field of mobile and ICTs, chosen by an international jury of experts, who were invited as winners to the WSA-Mobile Congress and to compete for the Global Champion Award for their category. At the Grand Gala at the end of the Congress, the eight Global Champions were announced from each category during the ceremony. The Global Champions chosen by the international jury were:

  • Universal Doctor Speaker from the m-Environment and Health category
  • MOBIZY from the m-Business and Commerce category
  • Dubai Police app from the m-Government and Participation category
  • Life Saver from the m-Learning and Education category
  • Createrria from the m- Entertainment and Lifestyle category
  • Ancient Aquilea 3D from the m-Tourism and Culture category
  • LIFENEWS from the m-media and news category
  • LIVOX app from the m- Inclusion and Empowerment category.


As the only ICT award reaching out to the mobile community by honoring its content developers and experts in more than 178 countries, WSA-Mobile focuses on originality, diversity and creative content through innovative IT solutions that have positive long term implications on people’s lives.

“The WSA mobile Global Congress is the impressive showcase of products from all United Nations member states that make a difference and therefore have been selected by the WSA-mobile jury of global experts from 40 countries. The World Summit award addresses the social impact of mobile content and apps in the context of the UN focus on making the world sustainable and to create a true knowledge society,” said Professor Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the World Summit Award Board of Directors.

The 40 winning international teams, who came to Abu Dhabi to compete for the Global Champion Award for their category, showcased their winning mobile apps and solutions at the WSA-Mobile Exhibition at the St. Regis hotel. The exhibition was visited by Dr. Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations and Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, who were accompanied by Rashed Lahaj Al Mansoori, Director General at Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC). Hosted by ADSIC at the St. Regis hotel, the WSA-Mobile Global Congress is part of the United Nation’s World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

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View the full photo album from the event here:


About WSA-Mobile 


The World Summit Award Mobile (WSA-mobile) is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best in mobile content and innovative applications within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), mandated by the WSIS Plan of Action and executed in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID.

WSA-mobile emphasizes cultural diversity and identity, the creation of varied information content and the digitalization of educational, scientific and cultural heritage. It aims to make the benefits of the new Information Society accessible and meaningful for all humanity, and in particular, to raise public awareness and give deserved public recognition to the highest quality e-Content, produced all over the world.

With great support of The Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC)as the main partner, the World Summit Award and its global network uses its eleven years of expertise to answer the main question: “What is really out there in the mobile world and might still be slumbering inside a few creative minds, but can change our every day life tomorrow?”

WSA-mobile was started in 2010 as the sister-award of the World Summit Award for e-Content. WSA-mobile reaches out to mobile communities from more than 170 UN and UNESCO member states to organize its global competition for best and most creative mobile Content.

global network of experts nominates the 8 best local apps to the global contest. The submissions are evaluated by an international Grand Jury, who select the 40 winners.  The winners are invited to the WSA-mobile Global Congress to showcase their innovation on a global stage.

WSIS Forum 2013 – Focus on ICT for Post-2015 Development Agenda

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The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is one of the biggest gatherings of the ‘ICT for Development’, or ICT4D, community. Jordi Serrano Pons, Founder of UniversalDoctor Project, will be presenting our new project called UniversalWomen Speaker, focused on providing multilingual maternal health information to pregnant women around the world.

In the coming week, the WSIS Forum will focus on the future of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly as an engine of growth in a post-2015 development environment. Participants will engage in discussions on a number of diverse topics, such as ICT infrastructure, cybersecurity, enabling environment, e-learning, e-health, e-agriculture, media, accessibility, and ethics. High level dialogues with government ministers and representatives from business and civil society will examine:

  • Women’s empowerment in the information Society: systematic, scalable strategies
  • Smart climate change monitoring: Expanding access to information on weather, climate and water
  • ICT innovations and standards: Creating technology for the next three billion
  • Securing cyberspace in a borderless world: Vision 2015 and beyond
  • ICTs and post 2015 goals
  • Youth and ICTs

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said, “This year’s WSIS Forum is a unique opportunity to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on what is needed for the WSIS process in the future, to ensure that the bottom-up approach of the WSIS process is preserved and that the decisions concerning modalities also respect the real requirements of the use of ICTs for socio-economic development, while ensuring growth in the ICT ecosystem itself.”

More than 1500 participants from government, private sector, civil society and international organizations are expected to attend the WSIS Forum during the week.


Anyone can watch the live stream of the WSIS Forum, just follow the instructions for Remote Participation at WSIS2013.

To find out more about the sessions being held at WSIS 2013, access the interactive agenda here.


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Special Session at Med-e-Tel 2013: Women and eHealth

Launch of UniversalWomen Speaker

UniversalWomen Speaker will be launched at the Special Session on Women and eHealth at Med-e-Tel – the International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum taking place on April 10-12, 2013 in Luxembourg. The session is organized by the Millennia2015 International Working Group on Women and eHealth (WeHealth), chaired by Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, and ISfTeH. The goal of WeHealth goal is to investigate how women get access to, and use, ICT for health, through their network of 410 volunteers from 61 countries.

More information here: UniversalWomen Speaker – Multilingual eHealth Tool tailored for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternal Health

Med-e-Tel is an official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) – an international federation of 74 national associations who represent their country’s Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders.

Special Session on Women and eHealth


The objective of the Women and eHealth session is to highlight the crucial role of women in eHealth and Telemedicine and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women. Based on the results of the WeHealth study, the session will cover various perspectives of women in eHealth and Telemedicine, with a focus on their place and roles in this arena.

The session will consist of a series of discussion panels, in order to design a global mapping of the roles and places of women within the arena of eHealth and Telemedicine. At the end of the session, a ceremony will formally launch the ISfTeH Working Group on Women (WoW) and participants will be invited to continue the dialogue during an open cocktail.


Wednesday 10 April 2013 – 14:00-17:30

Introduction and Opening Remarks
WeHealth Study 2010-2012: Results and Key Findings

  • Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, Head, Women and eHealth Working Group at Millennia2015, France
  • Dr. Kristie Holmes, Associate Professor of Social Work, Union University, USA

Presentation of the WeObservatory:

  • Sylvie Coumel, Stakeholder & Advocacy Project Director, Sanofi, France

Video “UniversalWomen”:

  • Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, CEO, UniversalDoctor, Spain

Welcome Address – Women in eHealth and Telemedicine in Panama

  • Dr. Arletty Pinel, CEO, Genos Global, Panama (Moderator of the WeHealth Session)

Panel 1: Women as Beneficiaries and Healthcare Providers


  • Dr. Line Kleinebreil, President, Université Numérique Mondiale Francophone (UNFM), France
  • Dr. Claudia Bartz, Coordinator, Telenursing Network, International Council of Nurses (ICN), USA
  • Dr. Tsedmaa Baatar, Telemedicine Project Manager, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mongolia

Panel 2: Women as ICT Developers and Leaders


  • Lenka Lhotska, University Teacher, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer, CEO, Klughammer GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Coumba Toure, Head, Advanced Development for Africa (ADA), Mali
  • Argentina P. Matavel Piccin, Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mongolia

Conclusion and Closing Remarks

The way forward: from the results of the WeHealth study 2010 – 2012, to Action Plans and Priorities by 2015:

      • Inclusion of gender considerations in eHealth policies
      • Expansion of education in eHealth and Telemedicine for women
      • WeHealth Study 2013 – 2015: Research and development of tools to measure the impact of women in eHealth and Telemedicine


  • Prof. Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), Switzerland
  • Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, Head, Women and eHealth WG Millennia2015, France


For more information, questions and expressions of interest to participate, visit the Med-e-Tel webpage for the session or contact:

Veronique Thouvenot: thouvenot.veronique@millennia2015.org
Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer: schmaus@klughammer.de
Lenka Lhotska: lhotska@fel.cvut.cz
Med-e-Tel secretariat: info@medetel.eu

2012 Year in Review of UniversalDoctor

2012 was a great year for bringing UniversalDoctor into the international arena with several new projects and platform presentations.


In April, UniversalDoctor was invited to participate in the Geneva Health Forum 2012, which focused on the critical shift to chronic conditions and giving a voice to the frontliners who are dealing with this on the ground. Our multilingual mobile applications were presented as tools to tackle chronic conditions in various medical settings where language barriers inhibit medical care. With 11 languages (and more coming soon!), UniversalDoctor Speaker is a handy tool for any traveler or healthcare professional working in multicultural settings.

In May, UniversalDoctor participated in the 7th Conference on Intercultural Communication, Public Service Translation and Interpreting, where we presented our project in the session on Communicating in the Healthcare Setting in 2012. Overcoming language barriers for effective healthcare communication and optimal medical care will continue to be our goal in 2013.

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In September, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of the UN held an ITU Experts Group Meeting on mobile health – “mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe“. This meeting was an integral part of the ITU European Regional Initiative on ICT Applications, including eHealth, and its aim was to share best practices, expertise and various country experiences on the development of strategies, policy and regulatory frameworks, and business models to foster mHealth development. UniversalDoctor founder, Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, was invited to present on doctors’ perspectives on mobile health, data of mHealth usage in the medical field, and main barriers to adoption (full presentation). There were many excellent presentations, including addressing technology challenges in creating an enabling environment for mHealth by Dr. Alberto Sanna of San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy. The full agenda and all presentations from the meeting can be found here.

Health 2.0 Europe
In October, the Health 2.0 Europe 2012 Conference took place in Berlin and UniversalDoctor was invited to present our multilingual mobile application UniversalDoctor Speaker. The conference brought together hundreds of experts from over 30 countries to present their new Health 2.0 technologies and new digital health initiatives. For key highlights of the conference and more info about our presentation, see here.

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And finally, in December we unveiled two new UniversalDoctor projects being developed in partnership with Millennia2015 at UNESCO in Paris: UniversalNurse and UniversalWomen. Both of these projects will have a strong focus on women and maternal health, and will also facilitate communication between patients and healthcare professionals (particularly nurses) on these issues using multilingual eHealth solutions. This is our first step towards developing a focus on women and eHealth.


We are also working very hard on New Projects and Partnerships in Switzerland, France, the United States and Norway so the year 2013 will also bring new surprises to many of our followers.

To celebrate our year of success and to thank you for your support, we are offering UniversalDoctor Speaker for Free for a limited time! Hurry to the iTunes App Store and download your multilingual healthcare communication tool today.


ITU Experts Group Meeting on mHealth

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Health 2.0 Europe


Women and eHealth Session at the Millennia2015 2nd International Conference at UNESCO headquarters:


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Presentation from ITU Experts Group Meeting:

Millennia2015 International Conference – Women and eHealth

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Last week UNESCO hosted the Millennia2015 2nd International Conference, during which there was a special session on Women and eHealth. This session was led by Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, head of the Millennia2015 Women & eHealth Working Group (WeHealth), and featured presentations by: Dr. Kristie Holmes; Coumba Touré, head of Advanced Development for Africa; Mrs. Sylvie Coumel, head of Connecting Nurses, SANOFI Corporate; our Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, head of UniversalDoctor ; and others. (Full agenda)

Many interesting projects and research results were presented during this session. The WeHealth Working Group, launched in August 2010, established four dimensions of Women in the intersection of ICTs and Health: women as beneficiaries, healthcare professionals, ICT professionals, and leaders. The members of the WeHealth Working Group presented their findings from a two-year global study on Women, ICTs and Health. Below are some of the key findings of this research:

  • The main global issues that need to addressed include coordination of initiatives, gender and digital gaps, and access to health information.
  • The biggest barriers to uptake for women are: (1) cost, e.g. airtime is still too expensive making eHealth inaccessible to many; (2) more education is needed on the use, utility and benefits; and (3) adapting ICT solutions for the many languages and dialects present in our world today.
  • ICT solutions include TV and radio, mobiles and voice messaging, telemedicine, and free call lines, which can all be adapted for illiterate populations.

For more info, view the full presentation by Dr. Kristie Holmes.

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Coumba Touré presented the projects of Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) focused on cultivating women as leaders. One of ADA’s key initiatives is the Women Leaders Forum, which brings together First Ladies of several African countries, government officials and representatives from international and civil society organizations working on development and women’s issues each September in New York City. The 2012 Women Leaders Forum was attended by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, who focused on the importance of partnerships and women leadership by introducing two UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors, Ms. Naomi Watts and Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachan. The event also focused on advances in technology and health, whereby participants discussed how mobile technologies could help scale up access to health for women and youth in low and middle-income countries.


Another project that was presented at the session was the Connecting Nurses global program, a partnership between four international nursing associations, supported by Sanofi, which aims to connect nurses to a dedicated online worldwide collaborative network to share ideas, advice and innovations. The Connecting Nurses forum will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources, championing nursing accomplishments and advancing nursing practice worldwide. Live testimonials of the success of the program were given during the session. Find out more through this video.

UniversalDoctor also presented 2 brand new projects in partnership with Millennia2015 focused on women and eHealth: UniversalNurses (video), which will tackle language barriers between nurses and patients, and UniversalWomen (video), which will focus on maternal health and other issues between healthcare professionals and pregnant women.

To get updates on the projects mentioned in this post, you can find them on Twitter:

Connecting Nurses: @ConnectingNurse

Advanced Development for Africa: @ADA_org

Millennia2015: @Millennia2015

UniversalDoctor Project: @UniversalDoctor

Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), eHealth and mHealth have become key strategies for advancing women’s health in both developed and developing countries where health care access and costs are major concerns. These technologies also play a great role in improving the health care system as a whole.

In Geneva on May 22nd, there will be a roundtable called “Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health” that will showcase mHealth pilot projects, their impact and the sustainable solutions for their scaling up beyond the pilot phase.

Experienced players from public and private sectors, as well as civil society and development organizations, will further discuss the related issues, identify common interests for developing win-win collaborations and create synergies with current global initiatives on Women’s Health and ICTs.

UniversalDoctor Project will be presented by its founder and will propose opportunities for  win-win collaborations to enhance women’s health based on innovation, technology and communication.

This roundtable will brief the ministers and global health professionals attending the World Health Assembly to better understand how, beyond field experiences, ICTs can benefit women’s health. It will also highlight their role in creating the enabling environment to make it happen.

For details download the Roundtable PDF flyer :   Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health

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