Washington, D.C., 19 February 2015.- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), sister entities of the Inter-American System recently signed an agreement, in Washington, D.C., to carry out joint activities to help Member States incorporate knowledge management and information and communication technology into the provision of health-related public services.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and by the Director of PAHO/WHO, Carissa F. Etienne, reaffirms the commitment of both institutions to integrating their electronic government (e-Government) and electronic health (eHealth) programs, respectively, making e-Government an important factor for health.

According to the signed document, the OAS and PAHO/WHO will offer technical assistance and collaboration through jointly-designed working groups, activities, and strategic meetings to support the advancement of knowledge management, eHealth, and e-Government in Latin America and the Caribbean. Already-developed institutional platforms will be used to transfer technology to strengthen the work of both programs.

This agreement will be implemented through the OAS Electronic Government Program (Department for Effective Public Management, Secretariat for Political Affairs), and the PAHO/WHO eHealth Program (Knowledge Management, Bioethics, and Research Office).