Washington D.C. 25 July 2023 – At an celebration to rejoice 5 years of collaboration in info devices and digital overall health in between the Pan American Wellbeing Firm (PAHO) and the Inter-American Growth Lender (IBD), the PAHO Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, underscored the very important role of electronic transformation in pandemic recovery and improving accessibility to overall health.

Through the function – Connecting Wellness for all – which took position on 24 July in Washington D.C., Dr. Barbosa also highlighted the urgent will need to assure that nations have the facts and information and facts vital to observe development toward universal overall health, recognize gaps and ensure that absolutely everyone in the Americas can training their appropriate to wellbeing.

“The alliance amongst PAHO and the IDB is crucial since it focuses on problems highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Barbosa mentioned.

“During the early levels of the pandemic, there were being countries of the Americas that ended up unable to see how quite a few COVID-19 circumstances they experienced each and every working day, since their info techniques were way too weak.”

Even now, “it is unacceptable that some nations in our Location do not even know their maternal mortality fee,” he included.

To tackle these problems, the PAHO/IDB partnership has made in excess of 40 strategic steps to make certain the electronic transformation of the health sector and three regional procedures: a System of Action for the Strengthening of Info Systems for Wellbeing a regional Roadmap for the Digital Transformation of the Overall health Sector  and a plan on the application of information science in general public overall health working with synthetic intelligence and other rising technologies.

“Most importantly, the partnership has led to far more men and women obtaining electronic health providers,” Dr. Barbosa reported.

Electronic transformation, which consists of investing in providers these types of as health data devices, telemedicine, and electronic prescriptions, as well as other electronic improvements in medicine these types of as synthetic intelligence, is very important to making certain a renewed eyesight of key wellbeing care, Dr. Barbosa highlighted. “Technology is absolutely various right now than 45 many years back at Alma-Ata.”

“The population of the Americas needs greater general public products and services and health and fitness is a single of them,” IDB President, Ilan Goldfajn mentioned. “The agenda we are constructing collectively has things of what we believe that are priorities,” together with regional integration, facts, efficiency, digitalization and addressing inequality.

Many thanks to the PAHO/IDB partnership, additional than 15 countries of the Americas now have enhanced digital wellbeing foundations, and 10 countries have electronic health and fitness agendas with infrastructure ready for knowledge sharing throughout borders.

Participant Prices

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and fitness and Wellness of Jamaica

“For Jamaica, the electronic transformation project has led to shorter hold out situations, lessened value in delivering well being services and increased effectiveness. The digitalization of wellness in the Americas has hardly ever been more vital as it is urgent.”

Dr. Jose Ruales, Minister of Public Wellness of Ecuador

“For our region, info techniques are a range just one priority. We are investing heavily to improve our health method as a result of digital transformation.”

Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Well being of Guyana

“Investing in related wellbeing, presents an prospect to achieve universal wellness coverage and to supply well being for all. We urge partners to prioritize digitization of well being as a enhancement system.”

Dr. Ana Estela Haddad,  Information and Digital Overall health Secretary of Brazil

“Digital transformation of the health sector for Brazil is a nationwide precedence. We are convinced that it is a crucial component to assure accomplishment as we strengthen the country’s to start with level of treatment.”