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ICT, Health Care and Big Data

Medical and Health Expo, Digitalisation of Medical Industry Workshop, Harare, 4 Dec 2013

Gertjan van Stam

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of ICT, Health Care and Big Data

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
ICT, Health Care, and Big Data
Behavior and Characteristics can only be Understood, Developed, and Evaluated within a Social Context
ICT Opportunities
in Health
Relationships: Doing Local, Being Global
Education: Innovative Models (MOOCs)
Infrastructure: Respectful Implementation

Big Data Research Proposal
Examples of African Strength:
- Ubuntu: Community Development
- Relatio: Workforce Development
- Orality, Dominatio: Thought Leadership
Lessons Learned
and to Learn
ICT Amplifies
Human Intent
A Society of Character achieved
through Perseverance
Considerate Growth
Longitudinal Research
Augment Conventional Thinking
Local Relevance
Hegemonic Believes/Truths
- Technology amplifies Your Intent
- Therefore, aim for:
- Cultural Nearness to African Society
- Diversity of Cultural Content of Modernity
- Balance in the Flow of Influence

1. Big Data is here to stay
2. Big Data Agenda for Zimbabwe must be set in collaboration and cooperation
African Traditions
Ubuntu: "I am because We are"

Orality: strength in verbal expression

Relatio: economy of giving, market of settling

Dominatio: "No future without forgiveness"
What is Happening?
(Out There)
- It is about People, not about Technology
- All Stakeholders, national, traditional, empowered and disempowered must be involved
Gertjan van Stam:
- Living the Life, in rural areas (12 years)
- Etnographic study
- Foreign Research Fellow, SIRDC
Curriculum Vitae
Big Data
is upon us
Equal Access

and Evaluation
Maintenance for Equipment
and Networks
African Context
Diversity: "Africa is not a Country"

Change: Closed, Arrested or Open Communities

Dominated: Growing Inequalities

Constrained: "The Wretched of the Earth"

- Schigm between 'the West' and 'the Rest', e.g.
- 98% management theories emerge from USA
- ethically loaded concepts of human nature
- Most technologies emanate Western thinking and it's Ethical System
- Technologies emerged from 'Well-To-Do' laboratories
- ICTs have made the world a more unequal place (have vs have nots)
- Africa has unique context, including poverty and inequalities

ZimPriorities & Opportunities
Zim Asset:
Food Security and Nutrition
Social Services and Poverty Eradication
Infrastructure and Utilities
Value Addition and Beneficiation

e-everything (e-Agriculture, e-Health, etc)
Public Private Community Partnerships
Contextualization Partnerships
Production for the Other 3 Billion
Infrastructure for Information
Amount of Computers
Number of Users
Consumption rates
eLiteracy, Teledensity
Internet of Things
Affordable, Ubiquitous Internet & the Cloud
Mobile Networking
Free and open Source Software
Commodity Hardware

GOAL: 'Africa-Smart' networks capable of measuring, reflecting and predicting the 'African Pulse' in mostly vulnerable communities before shocks occur

Evidence-based Big Data research involving Mobile Network Operators, Government, Academia, Civil Society in the form of Big Data PPCPs

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