From the International Medical Informatics Association

Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America

lac-mapThe PAHO website (Equity, Health and Human Development area) has some interesting resources relating to the “Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America”. See

They include the draft working document “Mapping use of ‘Educative-Telemedicine’ in Latin-America”, which “describes the development of two primary deliverables for PAHO’s Knowledge Management and Communications Unit that included a rapid web-based environmental scan (mapping) of the use of ‘educative-telemedicine’ in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).” This mapping found 159 ‘educative telemedicine’ programs and initiatives that are providing support to health care professionals. Brazil is leading the region with the largest number of institutions and programs, closely followed by Colombia. The design of ‘educative telemedicine’ programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama, assisted by existing and emerging technologies, is supporting networks of health professionals to improve access, reduce isolation and facilitate the integration of care across silos and geographical regions. Tele-education programs in LAC are thematically varied between medical specialties, public health, and child and maternal health. They also seem to be deployed so that they can evolve and respond in real-time to the most prevalent public health problems.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | education, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

WHO: eHealth standardization and interoperability

As reported on the PAHO/WHO Equity ( email list and Twitter feed (, and by the WHO Twitter feed ( ), the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva has “considered the report on eHealth and health Internet domain names ( and recommends to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution: “

IMIA, as an NGO in official relations with the WHO attended in the meeting, and IMIA President Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler presented a statement by IMIA on the issues addressed.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, PAHO, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment

Inventory of mHealth Projects – Add Your Project

The mHealth Working Group ( has started to compile an inventory of mHealth projects. If you are involved in or know of projects, they invite you to provide information for the inventory.

To view a PDF of the current inventory document, go to the mHealth Working Group website,

Include your mHealth projects here: This is a Google groups form that contains 13 questions which should take between 5 – 10 mins per project to complete if all information is readily available.

Currently, the inventory contains 179 projects from the following organizations: Abt Associates, Catholic Relief Services, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, FHI 360, Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, Jhpiego, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder, PSI, and Save the Children.

Of particular interest are USAID-funded projects; send information by January 28 if possible. If you have questions, please e-mail lraney[at] and keisling.kelly[at]

Thanks to Lucia Ruggiero (PAHO/WHO) for the above, provided through the Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

January 8, 2013 Posted by | conference, PAHO | , | 1 Comment

PAHO/WHO Launches “eHealth Conversations” in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is launching a series of “eHealth Conversations”, which will be virtual dialogues addressing the present and future of eHealth in the Americas, and calls on professionals to participate in this project. Professionals working in the field of eHealth are invited to brainstorm, discuss and reflect on the present and future of the use and application of information and communication technologies in public health in the Americas. The virtual dialogues will be part of a project titled “eHealth Conversations: Information management, dialogue and knowledge exchange to approach universal access to health”.

Further information on the initiative, and how to participate, is available on the PAHO/WHO website at

Based on the components of the eHealth regional strategy, PAHO/WHO will implement a series of virtual dialogues with key stakeholders, networks and experts in the following topics: 1) Infrastructure, 2) Information Systems, 3) Telemedicine, 4) Access to information, 5) Policies, 6) Education, 7) Patient Safety, 8) Electronic Medical Records, 9) Standards for interoperability, 10) Legal issues, 11) Relationship with projects and initiatives of e-Government, and 12) eHealth Management.

Each virtual dialogue will begin during the week of October 15, 2012, and will last 120 days. The main goal of each conversation is to develop a situation analysis, identify national and international experts and networks in each topic, and produce conclusions and recommendations for PAHO/WHO and its member countries to consider when implementing eHealth projects.

To participate in the virtual dialogues, professionals should send an email to with the subject: “eHealth Conversations – registration” and the following contact information: full name, institution and country. Participants will then receive instructions to complete their registration. For more information about the project, contact Myrna Marti, general coordinator, via email martimyr@paho.or

October 2, 2012 Posted by | Latin America, PAHO, region | , , , , | Leave a comment

BIREME International Community of Practice: PAHO/WHO

The BIREME International Community of Practice, a virtual forum dedicated to strengthening the management of scientific and technical information in health sciences, was launched in August 2012 during a virtual seminar jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. Full information is available on the PAH/WHO website at (Comunidade de Prática Internacional para apoiar o fortalecimento institucional da BIREME – in Spanish)

This International Community of Practice, led by the Area of Knowledge Management and Communications PAHO/WHO (KMC), BIREME, and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, host country of the Center, seeks, among other things, to support the production, dissemination, and use of scientific and technical information for the strengthening of primary health care systems in the Americas, bringing together the individual and collective knowledge in the countries and in specialized information networks.

This year, BIREME celebrates 46 years of existence and PAHO celebrates 110 years and is the oldest public health organization of the world. BIREME works with all of the countries of the American hemisphere to improve the health and the quality of the life of the people of the Americas and it acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

Source: Thanks to Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAH/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | Brazil, IMIA-LAC, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health – PAHO/WHO Webinar, Nov. 3

The latest in the series of PAHO/WHO monthly live webinars on Equity and Health – Access to Information, titled “Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health”, will be offered on Thursday, 3rd November 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM WDC time (check the local time in your own town at

With a hands-on approach, this two-hour online workshop will train participants on how to use the online tools available through the Virtual Health Library (VHL), as well as from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases, effectively. Furthermore, this online workshop will highlight other Web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources to support public health programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on state, local, national, regional and world levels
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health and environmental health

Instructor: Lorely Ambriz Irigoyen, M.S.I.S , PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office Knowledge Management & Communications

The event is free, and no prior registration is required. To log in, simply type your name and organization) of participants at

PAHO/WHO Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to  watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and  provide comments. You just need a computer, internet connection, speakers and  a mic/headphone. You will also be able to write comments and continue the discussion after the webinar.

For additional information, please contact AnaLucia Ruggiero

October 7, 2011 Posted by | education, PAHO, WHO | , , | Leave a comment