Informatics, Communications & Access to Health Care Information. Nora Oliveri, MD Fundación de Informática Médica (Medical Informatics Foundation) [email protected] / [email protected] The New Digital Structure….
“The quantity and quality of the available information is changing each day, in each country, in each corner of the world. Access is crucial. The capability to receive, send, and share information through computer nets, the possibility of publishing works without censorship or restrictions, the freedom to communicate at will beyond frontiers, will be the basic rights for everyone.
For a long time, economic inequality and fear to freedom has prevented most men and women in the planet from making the most of the knowledge the information revolution has provided to us.”
Internet is a Metanet, is a network of networks, global, worldwide, planetary, made up by multiple computers connected among themselves and that communicate with each other using the same language.
Besides, is a model of Information Systems.
To reach 50 MM of users it took:
Radio 38 years
TV 13 years
Cable 10 years
Internet 5 years
MEDIA by which access is obtained to information.
It is the computer net that allows to access the information stored on the WWW
It is the information contained in the net, which can be presented as text, images, audio, video
Some of the most useful search engines specialized in locating information regarding a given topic of the health care field
J. Preston, 1993
Definition by the Experts Group of the WHO, Geneva, 1997
It is the supply of health care services by professionals, in places where distance is a critical factor, using information and telecommunication technology for exchanging reliable information for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases, research, evaluation and continuing medical education, with the goal of improving individuals’ and peoples’ health.
It includes a variety of scientific activities addressed to solve health care problems including:
It is the use of information and communications technology for planning, implementation, funding, and assessment of disease control, quality, efficiency and effectiveness in service supply.
This also includes epidemiological surveillance and control, and administration of human & technical resources.
A. Political / Economic
B. Social / Cultural
C. Ethical / Legal
D. Technical / Financial
Undoubtedly, many changes will have to be done to reach a health care system that may operate thus.
This will be a challenge that will be worthy to face to have a better quality of life and to get increasingly closer to health care principles for everyone.