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Did you know that 1 in 3 adults suffer from hypertension?
Hypertension is the theme for World Health Day 2013, which is celebrated every April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Each year we choose a theme for the day that highlights a priority area of concern for global public health.
Go to the World Health Day 2013 website for more information and communication materials.
Know your Numbers. Check your blood pressure. Care for your heart.
|Washington, D.C., December 17, 2012 (PAHO/WHO).– To promote the use of health information and communication technology (ICT) and thereby foster universal access to health in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has carried out a series of activities over the past year that include technical cooperation with 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries to facilitate eHealth policy-making and train dozens of health professionals and educators in how to use social networks, access information resources, and take advantage of mobile devices to prevent childhood obesity. In September 2011, the 51st Directing Council of PAHO/WHO endorsed a strategy urging the Organization to work to improve health service accessibility and quality through the use of ICTs.|
Reflection on the present and future of eHealth in the Americas continued this week as part of the project eHealth Conversations: Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge Exchange to Approach Universal Access to Health. The topics discussed included electronic government (eGovernment), eHealth management, patient safety, infrastructure, and legal aspects (policy).
The participants in the eHealth Conversations project of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) have already begun drafting a publication that will present the conclusions drawn from these dialogues.
|Professionals continued to debate ideas and to reflect on the present and future of eHealth in the Americas, as they participated in the “eHealth Conversations” project, during the week of 3 to 7 December. Among others, they discussed the following eHealth topics: management, infrastructure, telemedicine, electronic medical records,policies, interoperability and access to information.
|The mHealh Summit, held in Washington D.C., 3-5 December, highlights the best practices in health through the use of mobile devices and fosters the dialogue among leaders in the public and private sectors, fostering in-depth dialogue to identify and accelerate cross-cutting value chains.|
“Wayfarer, there is no road, the road is created as one walks.” By Marcelo D’Agostino Editorial: PAHO/WHO eHealth Newsletter (Vol.1, No.2)
During the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference, held 17-21 September 2012, the Member States of PAHO/WHO approved the Strategy and Plan of Action on Knowledge Management and Communication for the Region of the Americas, in which they highlighted the importance of ensuring that health information is a regional public good and that access be free and equitable so that citizens are able to make informed health decisions.
Among other things, this new strategy seeks to “close the gap between knowledge and decision-making on health in the Region” through the production of scientific information, exchange, communication, access, and the effective application of evidence-based knowledge to benefit health.”
|Geneva, 3 December 2012– The Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), will be held 3-4 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Interoperability has been recognized as essential to achieving the full potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and medical devices in support of health systems as part of the overall socioeconomic development of countries,” said the director of Knowledge Management and Sharing at WHO, Najeeb Al-shorbaji.