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An unlikely advocate for Health IT–What would Desmond Tutu do?

An unlikely advocate for Health IT–What would Desmond Tutu do?

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You might not expect a 79 year old activist, retired Anglican bishop, and Nobel laureate to be a staunch advocate for Health ICT, but it turns out that information technology is highly regarded by Desmond Mpilo Tutu.  That’s what we found out when he joined us during one of the early episodes of Microsoft Health Tech Today.  Of course, Archbishop Tutu didn’t appear on our program to sing the praises of IT in big hospitals and clinics.  He joined us to encourage the use of Health ICT as a modality to effectively and more affordably deliver information and services to some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations.  Here were his opening comments.

Microsoft Health Tech Today interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on value of Health IT

Archbishop Tutu went on to explain how contemporary and “commodity” IT can be used to connect people to needed resources.  Just as we used widely available, communication technology to conduct my interview with the Archbishop between our studios in Redmond and Archbishop Tutu’s office in Cape Town, South Africa, the Archbishop marveled at how this same technology can be applied to share health information, exchange medical images, and provide expert advice to some of the world’s most remote and disadvantaged populations.  He encouraged all companies and developers around the world to continue to innovate and expand the use of m-Health and e-Health technologies in providing medical services to underprivileged people everywhere.  Here were his closing thoughts on the topic.   

Microsoft Health Tech Today interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on value of Health IT

Archbishop Tutu may have retired from public life, but his voice remains strong on the things that matter most including good health and healthcare for people everywhere.

Bill Crounse, MD                 Senior Director, Worldwide Health                Microsoft 

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