PAHO, as part of its role and in line with the WHO’s Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025 offers expert guidance and advice; but a key problem in providing this advice is tailoring it to the needs of individual member states and Ministries of Health.
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The emergence of the covid-19 pandemic has shown the benefits that having the appropriate information and communication technologies, as well as the knowledge and training to use them, can have for public health and for individuals.
"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
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.Download Report (Spanish)
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.Download Report (Spanish)
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.Download Report