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A Regional Platform on Access and Innovation for Health Technologies

PAHO/WHO is actively working to promote innovation in health technologies in the Americas. Intrinsically linked with innovation is the goal of improving access to essential medicines, biologicals, and diagnostics in all Member States. To better achieve this goal, we developed the Regional Platform on Access and Innovation for Health Technologies (PRAIS). This Platform is composed of a series of virtual tools used to support and promote innovation, access, rational use, and governance in the area of essential medicines, biologicals and diagnostics from a public health perspective. Read more...

Analia Porras, Advisor, Technological Innovation for Health, and
James Fitzgerald, Senior Advisor, Essential Medicines and Biologicals
Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization


New PAHO Director Highlights the Importance of ICTs to Reach Universal Access to Health Care

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne took office as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), pledging to work in close partnership with PAHO member countries to extend the benefits of health progress to all people in the Americas. Dr. Etienne's highest priority will be accelerating progress toward universal access to quality health care.

(...) New tools and technologies can "help us listen, share and communicate," said Dr. Etienne. She urged the formation of new partnerships to use evolving technologies such as social media and e-health to advance health care. Read more...

News on the media



Patricia Mechael, Executive Director of mHealth Alliance, speaks about eHealth and mHealth.

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App of the month

Red Cross Mobile Applications

This collection of apps help people prepare for and recover from a disaster or emergency.

The Hurricane App monitors conditions in an area or throughout the storm track. The Shelter Finder App displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface. The Earthquake App sends notifications when an earthquake occurs. The Wildfire App sends warnings and provides a current view of a wildfire's track and perimeter. The First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice for everyday emergencies.

Available in Apple and Google Play for Android app stores.

Read more....



  • Grant: Telehealth Network Grant Program, Health Resources & Services Administration.
    Closing date: 13 February 2013

  • Vacancy: Residencias en Informática en Salud 2013, Hospital Italiano en Argentina.
    Closing date: 6 March 2013

  • Course: Online training course Mobile Phones for Sexual and Reproductive Health "MHealth4SRH" 2013.
    Start date: 4 March 2013

  • Challenge: Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
    Closing date: 29 April 2013

  • Challenge: Green ICT Aplication Challenge, International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
    Closing date: 30 June 2013

eHealth Experience: Electronic Medical Leave in Chile

Implementing an electronic medical leave system for beneficiaries of the National Health Fund (FONASA) is one of the challenges that the Ministry of Health of Chile has taken on as part of the National eHealth Strategy. This iniciative is also "one of the country's greatest efforts to automate and modernize the public health system," stated René Prieto, Director of the ICT Department of the Ministry of Health.

This initiative earned the distinction of being named "Best project of the year" in the client service category, an award bestowed annually by the Center for Information Technologies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. "This award recognizes the tremendous effort, dedication, resolve, and professionalism demonstrated by the team, which managed to implement this project in 13 months. This team included the participation of FONASA proffessionals and was led by Mr. Gino Olave, Chief of Information Technologies of that institution," added Prieto.

Implementation of the FONASA electronic medical leave system began in November 2011 with a pilot project to which adjustments and improvements were made, followed by a five-month testing phase.

During the testing phase, a total of 8,892 leaves were granted. At its conclusion, the adoption stage began, first in the Santiago Metropolitan Region and then in the other regions. To date, over 100,000 electronic medical leaves have been processed, with a high level of implementation among providers in the Santiago Metropolitan Region. "The plan for this year is to continue implementing the solution in the other regions," explained Prieto.

Processing a medical leave on paper takes up to 90 days from the time the physician grants a patient leave to when the patient receives payment, if appropriate. In the FONASA electronic medical leave pilot project, substantial improvements were made, enabling the process to be completed in 15 days.



Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, New PAHO Director

The Director's Corner

Vídeo: Dr. Carissa F. Etienne sworn as PAHO Director.


GETHealth Summit
A Global Education & Technology Health Summit
6-7 February 2013
New York, USA

Academia DHIS2
Seminarios para gestores e implementadores de Sistemas de Información de Salud
18-22 February 2013
Popayán, Colombia

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