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Informatics experts contribute to special Health Affairs edition on e-health in the developing world
Date:2/5/2010

by AMIA Members W. Ed Hammond and Christopher Bailey, and Philippe Boucher, Mark Spohr, and Patrick Whitaker. Conclusive statement: "The world should move toward using unique personal identifiers, for the benefit of each single person and to create databases to evaluate and monitor population health."

  • "Mobile Health Needs and Opportunities in Developing Countries," authored by James G. Kahn, Joshua S. Yang, and AMIA Member James S. Kahn. Conclusive statement: "M-health should foster local microenterprise, creating upgraded platforms and new functionalities that will generate ongoing economic opportunities. . . Increased economic opportunities in turn would contribute to improved health."

    The above articles, authored by prominent AMIA members, resulted from discussions examining e-Health, global partnerships, and local solutions during a month-long conference convened by the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, during the summer of 2008. More than 200 leaders, representing health care, technology, finance, policy, and government sectors, attended the meeting. Full text of the articles is online at www.healthaffairs.org.

    "This series of articleslike discussions at the Bellagio meetingfocuses on how to leverage e-Health to advance health services in particularly underserved environments," says AMIA President & CEO Ted Shortliffe. "E-health applications to improve health care quality and access in resource-constrained portions of the world are an interest area that has grown into a major initiative for AMIA since then."

    Health Affairs contributor William Hersh, MD, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Sciences University, and a popular AMIA distance-learning instructor, says, "The principles of informatics apply no matter whether you are in a developed or developing country: For e-Health to succeed, you need soun
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