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Special Issue of PAHO’s Pan American Journal of Public Health

Washington D.C., 5 June 2013 — The Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), announces a call for papers for its next special issue “eHealth in the Region of the Americas”. The special issue will provide a platform for countries in the Americas to take stock of what has been done in the field since the adoption of PAHO’s eHealth Strategy and Plan of Action back in 2011.  

The deadline for manuscript submission is Monday, 15 July 2013, and accepted contributions include original research papers, special reports, and/or systematic reviews.  Papers will be accepted in English, Portuguese, or Spanish.

In submitting papers, authors should follow the Instructions available in the website of the Pan American Journal of Public Health.  All papers should be submitted through the link Submit a Manuscript. The cover letter should indicate that the manuscript is for the special issue “eHealth in the Region of the Americas”. The selection process will follow the Journal’s standard peer review procedures. 


Strategy and Plan of Action on eHealth

The objective of PAHO’s eHealth Strategy for the Americas is to help ensure the sustainable development of the Member States’ health systems, including veterinary public health. The adoption of the Strategy is envisaged as a means of improving health services access and quality, based on the use of ICTs, the development of digital literacy and ICTs, access to information based on scientific evidence, and ongoing training.

The issue’s theme “eHealth in the Region of the Americas” will address some of the key components and strategic areas identified in the Strategy.

Key Components:

  • Electronic medical records (or electronic health record): a real-time longitudinal electronic record of an individual patient’s health information that can assist health professionals with decision-making and treatment;
  • TeleHealth (including telemedicine): this involves the delivery of health services using ICTs, specifically where distance is a barrier to health care;
  • mHealth (or health through the use of mobile devices): a term for medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, and other wireless devices;
  • eLearning (including distance education or learning): the use of ICTs for learning. It can be used to improve the quality of education, to increase access to education, and to make new and innovative forms of education available to more people;
  • Continuing education in information and communication technologies: the provision of courses or programs (not necessarily formally accredited) for health professionals that help them to develop information and communication technology skills for application in health. This includes current methods for sharing scientific knowledge, such as e-publication, open access, digital literacy, and the use of social networks;
  • Standardization and interoperability: the term “interoperability” refers to communication between different technologies and software applications for the efficient, accurate, and sound sharing and use of data. This requires the use of standards −that is, rules, regulations, guidelines, or definitions with technical specification −to make the integrated management of health systems viable at all levels.

Strategic Areas:

  1. Endorse and promote the formulation, execution, and evaluation of effective, comprehensive, and sustainable public policies on the use and implementation of ICTs in the health sector;
  2. Improve public health through the use of tools and methodologies based on innovative ICTs;
  3. Promote and facilitate horizontal cooperation among countries for development of a digital health agenda for the Region;
  4. Knowledge management, digital literacy, and education in ICTs as key elements for ensuring the quality of care, health promotion, and disease prevention activities, guaranteeing training and better access to information in an equitable manner.


Find the complete Call for Papers here.

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