Precision Global Health in the Digital Age
The 7th edition of the Geneva Health Forum 2018 pays special tribute to the ALMA-ALTA declaration, celebrating 40 years of its existence. The GHF shifts focus on Central Asia, hosting the Russian Confederation as guest of honour. The forum continues to explore the role of precision global health in the digital age through various talks and workshops. To join the discussion, please find the timetable here.
PS2-3: Patient partner: a self-evident truth
PS1-3: Citizen science, open science, Fab lab, Do it yourself...the new innovation tools
Over the last three decades there has been a great democratization of technology. The lower costs of it and its increased accessibility to the public at all levels created a revival of human creativity through the exchange of ideas and solutions thanks to technology. A new movement of global communities sharing the same topics of interests emerged to collaborate and find common solutions to challenges. This evolution is particularly interesting in terms of health innovation. For instance, hacking ultrasound technology can be used to create an open-source platform, which is universal and affordable in order to equip two-thirds of the world population who don’t have access to diagnostic imagery.
The quality of the data may be one of the main concern expressed about citizen science because the data is not necessarily collected by scientists. However recent studies have demonstrated the potential of data collection methods through Citizen Science. Indeed, if the real needs have been correctly targeted, relevant and useful data can be gathered by citizens. Through grass root movements, citizen science projects bring another perspective and provide support to issues that governments or classical science fail to solve.