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(From the Director) eHealth: Harnessing technology on the road towards universal health coverage

There are numerous data sources that offer information on the health of a community. Traditional sources, such as hospitals and clinics, provide relatively reliable inputs to existing health-monitoring systems, but often give a delayed or incomplete picture. Additional data sources, such as school and work attendance, veterinary clinics, social media, pharmaceutical sales, and climate-related data do not capture as much information on their own.

Special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health: eHealth initiatives take off in Latin America and the Caribbean

Washington, D.C., 12 August 2014 (PAHO/WHO) – New eHealth initiatives are springing up in countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, in parallel with the increasing use of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the region. These initiatives have the potential to improve access to and quality of health care, yet few countries have policies in place to guide their development or exploit their full potential.


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