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eHealth to go beyond data processing in response to public and individual health challenges

It gives me a pleasure to contribute this editorial piece to the PAHO eHealth Newsletter. I believe a newsletter of this nature is needed as a platform to share ideas, and exchange experience not only at the level of the Americas but also at the global level.

Health is a knowledge intensive sector. The World Summit of Information Society, among other areas, singled out health as one of the major sectors that will substantially benefit from the information and communication technology (ICT) development. The transformation to the information society and emerging of the knowledge economy has opened a huge opportunity for the health to become in the forefront in terms of this transformation through eHealth. Read more...

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing (WHO)


Reaching Universal Access to Health: Progress in eHealth in the Americas.

To promote the use of health information and communication technology (ICT) and thereby foster universal access to health in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has carried out a series of activities over the past year that include technical cooperation with 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries to facilitate eHealth policy-making and train dozens of health professionals and educators in how to use social networks, access information resources, and take advantage of mobile devices to prevent childhood obesity. Read more...

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Miguel Porrúa, senior e-Government specialist at the Organization of American States (OAS), speaks about eHealth and eGovernment.

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App of the month

Open Data Kit (ODK)

Open Data Kit is a free and open-source set of tools that helps organizations manage mobile data collection solutions.

ODK applications provide all the components needed to cover the full information-generation cycle in the field—not just survey completion. They facilitate the building of the infrastructure needed to upload the data collected to a server and retrieve it in standard formats, including geographical formats.

ODK has been used worldwide to conduct health surveys that can use GPS information or images recorded with mobile devices. In the Region of the Americas, for example, the application has been used by the University of São Paulo in epidemiological studies, by disaster response projects in Haiti connected with the 2010 earthquake, and by Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health to monitor samples of patients for dengue and influenza research.

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  • Call for Submissions: Contributions related to current research and projects within eHealth and the theme of the congress: Conducting medical informatics by Converging technologies, Conveying sciences and Connecting people. MEDINFO 2013.
    Closing Date: 10 January 2013
  • Challenge: eSac calls for Regional Innovation Competition — Proposals on ICT Solutions to Challenges in Public Health
    Closing Date: 11 January 2013 (extended)
  • Challenge: Call to Create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women in underserved and minority communities to improve the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and gynecological cancers. The office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
    Closing Date: 5 de Febrero 2013
  • Challenge: Call to develop a mobile health app to facilitate prevention, early detection and appropriate management of pressure ulcers in clinical settings. The office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
    Closing Date: 29 de Abril 2013
  • Online course: Health Information Technology Standards and Systems Interoperability. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health.

eHealth Experience: Italica Project of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (HIBA)

The Italica project is an initiative of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires designed to help improve care, education, research, administration, and management processes within the hospital’s network. The project provides health professionals, leaders, and administrators with information about patients and the system to improve the evidence-based decision-making process.

Italica is a health information system designed and implemented by the Health Information Department at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. It includes all systems that facilitate information management based on components that provide web services. Built on standards to facilitate interoperability, Italica addresses the various care, academic, administrative, and management functions of the Hospital Italiano in a way that is transparent to the user.

This project seeks to break with the historical model of separate information systems for hospital administrators and health care providers. The idea is that each piece of data should be captured at the site where it is generated and should be available to other users.

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Virtual Seminar - eGoverment and its importance for eHealth
16 January 2013

132nd WHO Executive Board Meeting
21-29 January 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

IWEEE 2013 - International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies
25 January 2013
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

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

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