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Role of PAHO/WHO in eHealth Capacity Building in the Americas: Analysis of the 2011-2015 period.

Novillo-Ortiz, David; D'Agostino, Marcelo; Becerra-Posada, Francisco.
Rev Panam Salud Publica; 40(2): 85-89, 2016 08.
Artigo em Inglês, Espanhol | MEDLINE | Dez 2016 | ID: mdl-27982362
Resumo: Political will and adoption of measures toward the use of eHealth have been steadily increasing, facilitating mobilization of resources necessary to adopt and implement digital services that will make it possible to improve access, expand coverage, and increase financial efficiency of health care systems. Adoption of the Strategy and Plan of Action on eHealth of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in 2011 by all Member States in the Region of the Americas has led the Region to major progress in this regard, including the following: creation of knowledge networks and development of information sources, establishment of eHealth sustainability models, support for development of electronic health records, promotion of standards on health data and related technologies that ensure exchange of information, use of mobile devices to improve health, and improvement in quality of care through telemedicine. This article details the main actions carried out by PAHO with regard to eHealth, specifically by the office of Knowledge Management, Bioethics, and Research in the 2011-2015 period (first period of implementation of the PAHO eHealth strategy and plan of action), which include research and capacity-building activities, development of technical guidelines, and formation of knowledge networks.