eASIA 2009, the fourth annual event on information and communication technologies for development is being held this year during 2-4 December 2009 in Sri Lanka. Jointly organised by Centre for Science Media and Development (CSDMS) and Elets Technomedia from India, and ICT Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka, the event is a collaborative effort to fuel knowledge-centric growth by re-enforcing technology, capitalising market economy and boosting human development. As Sri Lanka celebrates ‘the year of ICT and English’ under the patronage of H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the event will help in ICT proliferation across multiple sectors and growth of the industry in Sri Lanka vis-a-vis Asia.

Through the ‘Special Focus’ section of this issue, we bring you abridged version of some select papers received in the eHealth track of this event. The papers illustrate some notable initiatives and ideas in innovative technology application for public health transformation in India, Sri Lanka and Egypt.

The emergence of mobile point-of-care solutions have marked the beginning of a new era in patient care, offering improved workflow with help of mobile computing devices, mobilized applications and wireless networks. This issue includes an interesting article on the latest point-of-care technologies and its varied benefits in terms of clinical workflow, quality, cost, as well as staff and patient satisfaction.

While m-Health is the latest buzz in healthcare arena, health informatics has been and is going to be a key enabler of top-of-the-class healthcare services. A very interesting case study in this issue touches upon the extremely advantageous deployment of IT applications in a complex healthcare setting in China.

It is hard to ignore the rapid technological advancement in the health ICT arena and through this issue of eHEALTH we bring to you the latest in this industry. Hope you find it informative!

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