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Tecnología inalámbrica y GNU/Linux brindan acceso a internet a las comunidades amazónicas|The other side of the river : cyberspace comes to the Amazon

RÊGO, Fausto
June 2005

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This report describes the 'Saúde e Alegria' (Health and Happiness) project (http://www.saudeealegria.org.br/ ) developed by RITS (Red de Información para el Tercer Sector), a member of APC in Brazil, with the support of the Avina Foundation and the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas. It shows the impact of the project on the community, including a case where the internet provided access to snake bite information after a local girl was bitten

T@lemed : a telehealth case study project based on ultrasound images

DELAZARI BINOTTO, Alécio Pedro
SACHPAZIDIS, Ilias
SOARES TORRES, Márcio
et al
2005

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The growth of wired and wireless Internet (including communication via satellite) in Brazil and the recent advance of image compression methods allows rapid tele-consultation based on medical images. One of the most challenging problems in telemedicine is the real-time tele-consultation in case of emergency. In this brief paper, the ongoing T@lemed Project in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul is described and preliminary results from the first month of operation are presented

A historical overview of health disparities and the potential of eHealth solutions

GIBBONS, M
2005

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Over the past decade a rapidly expanding body of literature has demonstrated the existence of disparities in health and health care. While consensus has not emerged regarding the causes of disparities, they are generally thought to be related to sociocultural, behavioural, economic, environmental, biologic, or societal factors. To effectively address disparities, several authorities have suggested the need for greater information technology research and investments. eHealth researchers may be able to make significant contributions in this area through research and its applications. This paper begins with a historical overview of health disparities in the United States and Europe. It then discusses the role that the Internet, and access to the Internet, may play in the genesis of health disparities. Finally, this paper closes with a discussion of the potential benefits of eHealth applications and the possible contributions of the field to overcoming disparities in health and health care

An information system and medical record to support HIV treatment in rural Haiti

FRASER, H S
et al
2004

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Recent studies have shown the feasibility of treating HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Lack of infrastructure, including information and communication systems, is considered a barrier to successful HIV treatment programmes. Internet based information systems offer a way to provide communication infrastructure in remote, resource-poor areas such as rural Haiti. A web based medical record system can be effectively used to track clinical outcomes, laboratory tests and drug supplies, and create reports for funding agencies. Development and evaluation of practical, low cost clinical information systems should be a priority in rolling out HIV treatment in developing countries

Portal Diassere - Derechos, Investigación y Abogacía en Salud, Sexualidad y Reproducción. Internet como herramienta para el establecimiento de una red que fortalezca la investigación y la abogacía en regiones del Perú

CLÍMACO, Danilo
2004

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Describes a website called Diassere (Rights, Research and Advocacy in Health, Sexuality and Reproduction), which is part of a wider project which aims to fortify capacities for research and advocacy. This site is being used by researchers exchanging experiences and evidences related to sexuality and reproductive health. Given the fact that information is highly centralized in Lima, the site is benefiting researchers from different regions, guaranteeing an equal access to evidence, information and opportunities

Internet and society in Latin America and the Caribbean

BONILLA, Marcelo
CLICHE, Gilles
Eds
2004

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The research contained in this book is designed to foster discussion about the policies and actions that must be promoted for building an Internet culture in Latin America and the Caribbean based on the principles of social and cultural equity. The book also includes the results of development work on two information tools: the first is designed to facilitate mediation of the Internet's social impacts, and the second to develop a citizen habitus among children

ICT for development case studies : Central America|Estudios de caso TIC para el desarrollo

OP DE COUL, Maartje
December 2003

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The BDO programme aims to address key barriers and opportunites for ICTs in achieving development targets. As part of the BDO programme a series of case studies have been conducted by OneWorld International to help give decision makers a clear understanding of how civil society is actually using information and communication technologies, and what their impact is. The Central America case studies look at a technoclub for young people, a feminist radio station and a cultural video production project in Costa Rica; and a website for agricultural workers, telecentre and internet portal on deomcratisation, an anti-corruption project, and a project focusing on human rights of homosexuals in El Salvador

Telephone and Internet-based medical appointments

RODRIGUEZ-ALEMAN, Luis Angel
2003

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This report briefly outlines the results of a project which aimed to reduce waiting time for patients of Mexico family health care centres. A call centre has been set up and appointments can be made either by phone or via Internet. The system is currently working in 116 clinics and 9387 calls are attended daily. The document concludes with lessons learned and some considerations on the impact on development

The significance of information and communication technologies for reducing poverty

MARKER, Phil
MCNAMARA, Kerry
WALLACE, Lindsay
January 2002

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A study for DFID staff, and for policy consideration, about the role of ICT in development. Identifies and assess the links between information and poverty, and concludes that although spreading ICT ('bridging the digital divide') should not be an end in itself, there is enormous potential for ICTs to increase information flow and empower poor people. The study then discusses the potential role of the international community, and sets out specific recommendations for DFID. Includes several appendices containing: a bibliography; brief case studies of Chile, Costa Rica and India; and list of related DFID funded projects. The study concludes that ICT should not be viewed as an end itself but has the potential as a tool to increase information flows and empower people. It can play a part in achieving International Development Goals

Cómo evaluar la información sobre la salud en la red : guía práctica para personas mayores y personal médico|[Guide to evaluating health information on the world wide web]

SPRY FOUNDATION
2001

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The SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation has created this hands-on guide to help older adults and their caregivers to evaluate health information available on the World Wide Web. The guide does not recommend particular sites, but provides tools to help users to determine which sites contain reliable information. This resource is geared to United States (US) users and provides links to US government resources

Amazon telehealth program

INSTITUTO EDUMED
2000

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This website describes the Amazon Telehealth Program, a project for distance education and telemedicine support to a rural medical internship in the Amazon. It is being developed by the EduMed Institute for Education in Medicine and Health, a Brazilian not-for-profit foundation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Amazonas. The programme facilitates remote communication between medical students completing an internship in rural and aboriginal communities in the Amazon jungle and their teachers in  Manaus' University Hospital and other supporting hospitals, in order to solve the problems they face, by means of voice and video transmissions over the Internet and satellite. It helps them to improve the public services for health prevention and care in those regions, thus increasing the quality of life of their populations

Portal Punto J

INSTITUTO PARA LA CONECTIVIDAD EN LAS AMÉRICAS
SAVE THE CHILDREN

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Punto J constitutes an excellent example of the potential of innovative approaches to health issues through the effective use of ICT tools, and the implementations of new mechanisms for youth-to-youth online education on issues of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention

Tecnologías de la información aplicadas a salud en zonas rurales de América Latina

EHAS

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The objectives of the programme 'Enlace Hispano-Americano de Salud' are oriented to offer low-cost possibilities of communication and services of access to information for health personnel in the countryside of Latin America where conventional telephony is not widespread. The services are based on the exchange of information between colleagues, specialist consults and access to specialized documentation through facilitators. The technologies allow access to the Internet through radio systems and are based on the use of electronic mail

E-link Americas : affordable internet access for the Americas

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Describes the E-Link Americas project, aimed at connecting the remote, under-served, and un-served areas in the Americas using low-cost, high-speed Internet to foster regional development. Satellite and terrestrial wireless technologies are used to deliver affordable, sustainable Internet access to municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals, telecentres and other community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The healthcare component of the project is described at http://www.elinkamericas.net/main.php?content=health

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