|Conversation with Marcelo D'Agostino, Manager of the Area of Knowledge Management and Communication in PAHO and responsible for the Program of eHealth|
Which is the main objective of the Program of eHealth of PAHO?
The main objective of this work program is to strengthen the health systems and services of our member governments, through the use of new and innovative technologies of information and communications that allow the free and equitable access to information in health sciences, to training, and to the permanent interaction, regardless of the physical distances, with emphasis on people.
Which are the challenges and the opportunities that PAHO identifies associated to the subject of eHealth?
The challenges that we have identified and that are cited in our conceptual model are the following ones:
This was presented by Dr. Mirta Roses, our director, within the framework of a round table on eHealth developed in 2009 during the 62 World Health Assembly organized by WHO.
What does PAHO expect from this portal?
This virtual forum is proposed as a forum of debate and reflection in network, that allows to share national and international experiences, projects, and lessons learned that make it possible for us to build a strategy and regional vision of eHealth. One of the principal objectives that we have proposed ourselves with this portal is the power to know and to announce the excellent experiences and projects of our Member Governments and to be able to thus construct a social network of professionals, contents and projects of eHealth in our Region.
What are the next steps?
From the strategic standpoint, our next steps are the following ones:
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