A memorandum of understanding between Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) and International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) was signed by the organizations’ Presidents on 5 April at the ISfTeH’s Board Meeting held in Luxembourg during the Med-e-Tel Conference. Shown at left are GHEF President and Founder Tayeb Al-Hafez, MD, and ISfTeH President Andy Fischer, MD at the signing.

ISfTeH is a professional membership organization facilitating the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in telemedicine and e-Health and providing access to recognized experts in the field worldwide.  ISfTeH fosters the sharing of knowledge and experiences across organizations and across borders and aims to promote the widespread use of ICT tools and solutions in health and social care. It is primarily an umbrella for national Telemedicine and e-Health organizations with a particular interest in supporting developing countries in the field of Telemedicine and e-Health. ISfTeH hosts an annual conference, supports a number of other international events, publishes a monthly newsletter, publishes the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health, and collates various e-Health and telemedicine resources.

The purpose of the memorandum of understanding is to facilitate collaboration between GHEF and ISfTeH in achieving the organizations’ shared objectives, namely advancing global health equity and enhancing equitable access to quality health care for all, particularly through harnessing the potential of e-Health approaches and interventions.

The envisaged collaboration includes organizing joint events, developing and implementing joint projects, producing joint publications as well as sharing information with each other on activities and opportunities, and supporting each other in promoting relevant priorities and strategies.

This partnership will strengthen the two organizations by exposing them to each other’s content, membership and programs. Working together will enable both GHEF and ISfTeH to complement their individual strengths and resources, and extend their reach in realizing the equity potential of e-Health.