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Latin American Health Services and ICT: New Book

A new book, Development Connections: Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies, will be unveiled in April (publication date May 2011) by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will explore examples of how the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools can greatly improve health care provision, cost-effectiveness, and health outcomes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Experiences in Peru, Chile and Nicaragua show how ICTs can help improve health outcomes when combined with adequate provision of medicines and health services. The book will note, however, that in many countries in the region, the use of ICTs in the health care sector is still in its infancy, and its application has generated mixed results.

The IDB applied strict statistical tools in a systematic way to evaluate how these technologies contributed to the success of several development projects in the region. The book analyzes the degree to which ICTs contributed to the success of 46 development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean in six different areas, including health, education and poverty.

Further information about the book is available at http://www.iadb.org/research/dia_detail.cfm?id=2011

Further discussion is at http://blogs.iadb.org/tics_en/2011/03/14/health-services-take-advantage-of-technology-in-latin-america/

Source: PAHO/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing email list.

March 31, 2011 - Posted by | IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , ,

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