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KM&EL 2010 - Special Issue on Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)on “E-Health: Accessing Knowledge for Global Health”



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Topics/Call fo Papers

Special Issue on

“E-Health: Accessing Knowledge for Global Health”

Guest Editor

Patricia A. Abbott, PhD, RN

Director, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Management;

Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Nursing

Baltimore, MD USA

This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to coverage of knowledge management and information dissemination for health in underserved areas. Numerous studies have demonstrated the high cost, in both financial and humanistic terms, of a lack of access to current healthcare knowledge. Many international settings are using textbooks that are seriously outdated, and practicing in ways that have been proven to be ineffective and/or dangerous. At the same time, we are seeing an explosion of information and communication technologies (ICT) that are reaching even the most remote corners of the globe. As these two trends collide, we are seeing tremendous innovation and application of KM techniques and ICT utilization to “reach and teach” in remote communities around the world. Indeed, Deaton1 states that “The health and life expectancy of the vast majority of mankind, whether they live in rich or poor countries, depends on ideas, techniques, and therapies developed elsewhere, so that it is the spread of knowledge that is the fundamental determinant of population health.”

This issue is designed to elicit both theoretical and applied papers that describe efforts to reduce international asymmetries of health information by increasing access to health knowledge bases via ICT. We are interested in theoretical papers that posit the promise and possibilities global e-health, and applied research papers that provide results of knowledge access, knowledge management, and knowledge dissemination for international health. We are particularly interested in papers in this space that focus upon application in low resource areas and/or with the medically underserved. Our goal is to stimulate interest in the issues across academia, practice, industry, research and policy. We welcome focused papers from all sectors.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

?Knowledge management in ICT-enabled, yet low resourced areas
?Practical usage/application of ICT for evidence based practice in global e-health
?E-health via ICT ? Lessons Learned
?M-health via cellular telephony and other mechanisms ? New innovations for distributing health knowledge and best practices via mobile technologies
?Managing and developing knowledge from underserved areas; what can communities teach us?
?Producing culturally sensitive, feasible, and distributable best practices for ICT-enabled delivery
?Socio-cultural aspects of ICT enabled e-health
?Infrastructure challenges in global e-health in the e-health/m-health domain
?New developments, trends and approaches.

Important Dates

Submission due: 15th January, 2010
Notification of acceptance: 15th March, 2010
Publication schedule: Jun 2010 (Vol.2, No.2)

Submission Instructions

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

Electronic submission by email to Guest Editor is required.

Patricia A. Abbott, PhD (

For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:


1. Deaton, A. (2004). Health in an Age of Globalization. Available online at:

Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904

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