Contributed by Prof. Dr. Ana Estela Haddad, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Telehealth and Teledentistry Center, FOUSP-SAITE / University of São Paulo; and Dr. Luiz Ary Messina, National Coordinator of the Rute University Telemedicine Network, National Education and Research Network RNP, President of ABTms Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Telemedicine and telehealth have definitely entered the global agenda and gained great visibility with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the WHO Resolution WHA58.28 dates from 2005, advocating e-Health to strengthen the health systems of its member countries.

Contributed by Victoria Malek Pascha, Member of the IS4H Team and network of experts

Real World Evidence and Big Data is seen as the future of medical research and a key tool in policy planning, but many nations struggle to adapt their systems to effectively capture this data in a usable manner.

In 2005 the World Health Assembly through its resolution WHA58.28 on eHealth urged Member States "to consider drawing up a long-term strategic plan for developing and implementing eHealth services…to develop the infrastructure for information and communication technologies for health…to promote equitable, affordable and universal access to their benefits."

Contributed by Felipe Mejia Medina, Member of the IS4H Team and network of experts

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. However, in order to take advantage of the great potential that digital health has in the Americas region, and with the aim of leaving no one behind and thus reducing the digital divide, access to and adoption of various ICTs is essential.

Contributed by Viviane Coelho Lourenço, Information Systems and Digital Health expert

In times when health is undergoing a significant transformation, Digital Health gains space in the face of a scenario of crisis in the sector, accelerating the use of this strategy, as a solution for the improvement and expansion of the offer of health services, inserting the patient or client in the center of care1.

Grenada's Health Information System has been continually strengthened in the past 8 years, through strategic partnerships with entities and organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), St. George’s University (SGU), the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Government Ministries and other official entities.

The quality of information on accidents and violence is often lacking. Sometimes there is no detail as to the type or intentionality of the external cause responsible for the injuries that caused the death. In these cases, it is only known that the death is due to external causes. This occurrence has been verified in about 10% of the total deaths due to accidents and violence in Brazil, reaching, in some areas, much higher values. In some localities, this distortion has been remedied or minimized with the help of information from other sources, such as medical records, necropsy reports or the use of newspaper articles.

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