A Manifesto for Growth

Keynote speeches, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and technology showcases led to a flowing of intellectual outputs at the eHealth India 2011

Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat inaugurating eINDIA 2011

In the current era of globalisation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is performing the role of universal equaliser, enabler and integrator. Today ICT can help achieve the dream of a more just, inclusive and equitable world in the most peaceful way. We can see many examples  of ICT-enabled empowerment and social inclusion achieved in the developing world over the last decade.

Our country is mired by poverty, inequality, corruption, and social exclusion. ICT can be a solution to our woes. It has the proven power to shift the balance of power in the society, governance and economy. The common man gets empowered.  The disadvantaged groups, the poor, the women and youth make their voice heard through ICT. With this vision and mission, Elets Technomedia and Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies organised the seventh eINDIA 2011, in Ahmedabad.

The event was organised in association with Department of Health, Gov. of Gujarat, Department of Information Technology (DIT), Gujarat; Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Department of Science and Technology, Government  of India. Acclaimed as one of the largest ICT events in India, the eINDIA 2011 drew participants and visitors from across the country and worldwide.

eHealth India hosted many eminent policy makers, academicians, researchers, technology vendors as participants and delegates. The three-day conference threw light on the areas of IT and technology in eHealth, and provided a successful platform for sharing knowledge and having discussions on emerging issues in depth. The conference featured  sessions on crucial eHealth issues such as – Telemedicine and Teleradiology; ICT innovations revolutionalising healthcare; Online and mobile healthcare and much else.

eINDIA 2011 bestowed recognition, in form of eINDIA 2011 Awards, on some of the best ICT-driven projects, initiatives and practices of across government, education, healthcare, agriculture and rural sectors. With the purpose of bringing better transparency and fairness in the award process, the awards were given under two categories, namely, the jury choice and the public choice (through online voting). ICT being the powerful tool that can help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this forum has led to the evolution of a compendium of ideas that can further enhance the scope of ICT In our life.

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