On Tuesday, telecommunications giant Ericsson announced that it will be a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Health Initiative (DHI). The multi-stakeholder partnership’s goal is to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health through the utilization and promotion of digital health solutions.
Ericsson has pledged to provide strategic guidance and direction to help DHI leverage information and communication technologies to dramatically improve health care in even the poorest of countries while operating under the principle of “technology for equity.”
The Advisory Board will be comprised of a small group of global leaders from the private sector, foundations and civil society with expertise in the fields of health, development and technology.
“We live in a unique time where great technological advancements have exponentially driven communication and healthcare innovation such as the world has never seen,” said Ericsson CFO and soon-to-be CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg. “It is critical we harness these successes and apply them in ways that benefit all mankind. The DHI, which brings together the health and the ICT sectors, provides an excellent platform for global leaders in these fields to collaborate on solving major healthcare issues and Ericsson is honored to be a part of it.”
Svanberg will serve on the advisory board even after taking over as CEO at the start of 2010.