The Virtual Campus is a decentralized network of people, institutions and organizations that share courses and open educational resources about topics related to public health that are relevant to the countries of the Region, through the use of information and communication technologies.
The phenomenon of an ‘infodemic’ has escalated to a level that requires a coordinated response. An infodemic is an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – occurring during an epidemic. Like pathogens in epidemics, misinformation spreads further and faster and adds complexity to health emergency response. In the pre-conference experts engage with the public with 7 inspiring talks how the infodemic affects the world currently and reflections how it can be managed.
The Information Systems for Health Maturity Assessment Tool (IS4H-MM) describes the method, tool and questions for assessing organizational capacity related to governance, data management, digital transformation, innovation and knowledge management. The IS4H-MM is part of the IS4H Blueprint for a successful implementation , and is organized according to the 4 strategic goals of the IS4H conceptual Framework.
The IS4H-MM is also a reference framework guiding Information Systems for Health to keep walking through the changing path of information and knowledge revolution, and how countries and organizations might grow in capabilities to operate, interact and benefit from them.
NEW The Information Systems and Platforms for Health Unit (EIH/IS) is inviting submissions for Blog Posts Proposals from the academic (faculty, students, and researchers) and professional (public health or related workers) communities for the IS4H Innovation Blog. Read More
Call for applications: Improving Information Systems for Health (IS4H) in the Americas
The winning proposals have been announced by the Pan American Health Organization. Please go to this page to see the chosen proposals and other useful information.
"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 PAHO Director
"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
Suriname's Ministry of Health requested technical support from PAHO/WHO to conduct a rapid assessment of the country's national information systems for health (IS4H) as the basis for developing short and medium-term work plans.
Within the framework of the Health Information Systems Initiative (IS4H) developed by PAHO/WHO, the Information Systems and Platforms for Health (IS) Unit has convened all the countries of South America to a high level meeting on the initiative. It happeneed on 18-19 July 2018, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Representatives from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic met at the PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss the development of electronic governance initiatives, open data solutions and large-scale data, among other topics in the framework of IS4H.
With technical assistance from PAHO, BVI's Ministry of Health conducted workshops for key stakeholders to strengthen the country's National Information Systems for Health and help integrate Public Health in the eGovernment initiative, as well as to apply the IS4H Maturity Model tool in the BVI.
A High-Level Meeting on Information Systems for Health (IS4H), convened by PAHO/WHO and Jamaica's Ministry of Health had participants from 16 Caribbean countries, regional and international agencies, and international development partners.
The Pan American Health Organization would like to thank the financial and technical help of / La Organización Panamericana de la Salud desea agradecer a la colaboración técnica y financiera recibida de
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID)
the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) / La Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)