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Washington, D.C., October 27, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) proposes the Integrated Health Services Networks (IHSNs) as one of the principal operational expressions that contributes to comprehensive and continuing care; appropriate health care; optimal organization and management.

Integrated health services can improve access to health care systems, reduce fragmentation of care, and improve the efficiency of global systems and services. For instance, it makes possible to optimize costs and better meet the needs of the people and communities.

For the process of knowledge transfer in the design and administration of networks through the IHSNs tool, PAHO has designed training workshops for managers and administrators. These workshops provide elements that facilitate the identification of opportunities to develop and improve action plans, and ways to measure results. PAHO will make an online platform tool available for all Member States as of January 2018.

More than 200 managers participated in workshops in Belize, Guyana, Panama, Peru and Saint Lucia, in addition to those in experiences implemented in Chile, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  Results from these initiatives have enabled the integration of the IHSNs in the countries, with the purpose of advancing towards Universal Health.

Relevant Links

CD49/16 - Integrated Health Services Delivery Networks Based on Primary Health Care

CD53/5, Rev. 21 -Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage

Integrated Health Service Delivery Networks: Concepts, Policy Options and a Road Map for Implementation in the Americas. (Series: Renewing Primary Health Care in the Americas No.4) [2011]