Coordination instruments for eHealth topics at a regional and global level. Some projects are:
Laboratory on eHealth for the Americas
Description: The Laboratory on eHealth for the Americas is a portal that offers experiences and eHealth developments in countries in the Americas. It also offers a collection of recommended readings, tools and expert inputs to support the development of national eHealth strategies.
Information of interest: Laboratory on eHealth for the Americas.
WHO Collaborating Centers on eHealth
Description: Create a network of Collaborating Centers on eHealth with the objective of identifying and analyzing eHealth practices to promote best practices and synergies.
Status: Ongoing. To date, there are three eHealth collaborating centers: The Center for Global Health, Division of Global Health Protection, Global Health Security Branch, Systems and Planning Team Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); College of Pharmacy Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research Nova Southeastern University; Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Description: The PAHO eHealth network is made up of representatives on eHealth from the member states and focal points from the country offices. This network shares strategic information about eHealth with the member states and is also used to identify experiences and provide information about regional and global activities of interest.
eHealth Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
Description: In order to strengthen the implementation of the PAHO/WHO eHealth Program, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will play an important role in providing PAHO with state of the art knowledge and best practices, to orient, promote and monitor the goals, best use and impact of information and communications technology (ICT) for improving public health.
The focal points for this TAG will be: infrastructure; information systems; telehealth and telemedicine; the Internet and access to information; policies; training; risk management and patient safety; unique patient identification and electronic medical registry; standards and interoperability; legal matters; eGovernment; and monitoring, analysis and evaluation.
Mapping of projects and specialists on eHealth
Description: Develop a tool to map projects and locate specialists on eHealth.
Status: Ongoing. To date, the following countries have been mapped: Argentina, Chile, Peru and Dominican Republic (in progress).
Information of interest: Mapping of projects and specialists on eHealth.
SCA-ECLAC: Working group to define indicators for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Health
Description: In collaboration with the Statistical Conference of the Americas of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCA-ECLAC), recommendations for a methodology to measure access and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the health sector are being developed.
The objective of this project is to gather information about the access and use of ICTs in the health sector to enable the generation of consistent, comparable, current and representative statistics, which in turn will shed light on the progress made by the countries of the region with regards to the adoption of technological innovations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health systems.
Partners: PAHO Entities, CHA/HA; External Partners, SCA-ECLAC.
Framework Agreement between University of Illinois and PAHO
Description: A framework proposal agreement between the University of Illinois and PAHO promoting the coordination and exchange of eHealth information and data.
Information of interest: National Center for Supercomputing Applications. University of Illinois
CRICS 9: Reaching Universal Access to Health
Description: The ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences and Health Information (CRICS9) marked a milestone in the areas of management of scientific information and technology, and their relation to eHealth.
Under the banner “eHealth: Reaching Universal Access to Health”, experts shared experiences and exchanged information about programs, projects, systems and science communication and information networks on regional health. The congress convened in Washington, D.C. with PAHO/WHO and the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences (BIREME) hosting the CRICS9, and over 400 people from 30 countries participating between the 22nd and 24th of October.
Information of interest: Web CRICS 9.
eHealth and Innovation in Women’s and Children’s Health: a Baseline Report
Description: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly critical role in providing health services, including for women’s and children’s health. This joint publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reports the results of the first survey to study the impact of eHealth on women’s and children’s health in developing countries. It highlights many encouraging findings including the development of national eHealth policies, the monitoring of key indicators, and the implementation of electronic information systems. Recommendations for the way forward are proposed. Never before has there been such a high response rate for a Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) survey. This is a clear reflection that countries are now recognizing the importance of innovation through ICTs to advancing women’s and children’s health.
KBR coordinated the participation of the six countries that are members of the Commission on Information and Accountability of the Americas in this report. 5 countries responded: Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.
Information of interest: Global Observatory for eHealth.