Telemedicine: Experts Present Experiences and Best Practices in the Americas

Providing a variety of health services at a distance and in various locations, telemedicine has proven to be a useful tool to improve the health of communities. This was the argument of experts from different organizations and countries, who shared success stories on this subject at the 9th Regional Congress on Health Information Sciences (CRICS9), held 22-24 October at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, DC.

PAHO/WHO Launches Mobile Application that Monitors Student Health in the Americas

Washington, D.C., 26 October 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – During the Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS9), the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) launches a mobile application that enables health professionals to make evidence-based decisions on student health, while on-the-go.

The new eGSHS mobile application provides access to data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS), which monitors students’ behavior related to: diet, physical activity, hygiene, alcohol consumption, drug and tobacco use, violence and unintentional injuries, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health. This is the first mobile application launched by PAHO/WHO.

eHealth Experts Claim Technology Could Provide Solutions to Health Problems

Information and communication technologies can provide solutions to health problems, claimed eHealth specialists at the Ninth Regional Congress on Information Health Sciences (CRICS9), held 22-24 October in Washington DC and organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and its Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences.

During the panel titled eHealth Strategies and Public Policies, the president of the American Public Health Association, Georges Benjamin, said that “the population and have health problems we can solve with technology,” adding that ICTs contribute to “eliminate health inequalities and achieve greater community coordination.”

CRICS9: Experts Highlight Importance of eHealth in Access to Health Services

Access to health services in the region and the role of information technology and communications to achieve were the main axes of the opening of the Ninth Regional Congress of Information in Health Sciences (CRICS9), organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and its Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences (BIREME), between 22 and 24 October in Washington, DC.

CRICS9 / eHealth: Experts to Explore Applications of Information Technology and Communication in Health Care – Follow the Event Online!

Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information, organized by PAHO/WHO and BIREME, to be held on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2012 (PAHO/OMS). Professionals in the fields of health and information sciences will participate in the Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS9), organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and their affiliated Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME), this coming October 22 to 24 in Washington, D.C.

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eHealth: Experts to Explore Applications of Information Technology and Communication in Health Care

Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information, organized by PAHO/WHO and BIREME, to be held on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2012 (PAHO/OMS). Professionals in the fields of health and information sciences will participate in the Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS9), organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and their affiliated Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME), this coming October 22 to 24 in Washington, D.C.

ITU and WHO launch mHealth initiative to combat noncommunicable diseases

Plan to save lives and reduce costs agreed at ITU Telecom World 2012

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2012 – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a new partnership called the ‘mHealth’ Initiative to use mobile technology, in particular text messaging and apps, to help combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases.

“Eighteen years later, from the Patagonia Argentina to the rest of the Americas, eHealth”

These were the words of the Assistant Secretary of Public Policies in Health in Rio Negro, Argentina, during the first national workshop on eHealth in that country

Washington, DC, October 12, 2012 (PAHO/WHO)-As part of the implementation of the Regional Strategy on eHealth of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the first national workshop in Argentina was held in the city of Viedma, province of Rio Negro.

“Sometimes a human is the best technology for eHealth”

Karl Brown shares his vision and the experience of the Rockefeller Foundation on the use of information and communication technologies in public health

Washington, D.C., 5 October 2012–In the framework of its Digital Literacy Program, and as a part of the implementation of the eHealth Strategy for the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) launched its eHealth Webinar Series that will support the development and strengthening of individual and collective capacities of health workers, their institutions, and the health of the people in general.

Health information on the way to becoming a regional public good

Washington, D.C., 2 October 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Health authorities from throughout the Americas endorsed a new regional Strategy and Plan of Action on Knowledge Management and Communications that promotes health information as a public good that should be free and widely accessible to help people make informed decisions about health issues.