The Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Health of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Center for Health Informatics at the Grainger School of Engineering at the University of Illinois continue to work on ways to capture the power of unstructured data collected from social media and other networks. That has proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main part of this work is the PAHO COVID-19 Social Media Panel, which offers visualization tools accessible to researchers and students of all experience levels. A discussion about the dashboard may be viewed here.
Additional resources on Scientific Information and Digital Health tools
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance and usefulness of telemedicine, to provide a way to put patients and health professionals in contact when a consultation in person is not possible. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) created a tool for assessing the maturity level of health institutions to implement telemedicine services, in collaboration with institutions and experts in telemedicine and the use of IT in public health from the Region of the Americas and Spain.
"I'm encouraged by the level of collaboration that we noticed, the innovation that has been shared when we discussed Information Systems for Health. It is very important to proceed taking into consideration all of the existing actions, investments and knowledge. We must build on what already exists"
DR. CARISSA F. ETIENNE
"The IS4H initiative and the Action Plan represent an important milestone for the Public Health of the Americas as it is the result of a collaborative process with all Member States that began in November 2016 in a High Level meeting with the Caribbean countries, and that continued in 2017 and 2018 with similar meetings with the countries of Central and South America".
DR. JARBAS BARBOSA
Assistant Director, PAHO/WHO
"Public health emergencies show the importance and relevance of Health Information Systems. At PAHO we are working full time to support member states in adopting information technologies that support the response to the pandemic."
DR. SEBASTIAN GARCIA SAISO
Director, Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH/PAHO)
"The OECS Heath Unit welcomes PAHO's Caribbean IS4H roadmap, which supports our need for accesible information for strategic health system governance, and is consistent with CCHIV priorities. We recognise the contribution the Caribbean has made to the region, and look forward to the 2019 Strategy and Action Plan on Information Systems for Health in the Americas."
DR. CARLENE RADIX, MD, MPH
Head of Health, Human & Social Cluster, SSDD. Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission