e-Health Research and Capacity Building in Latin America and the Caribbean

There is growing recognition that access to timely, accurate and appropriate information can help improve health outcomes. This has led to increased interest in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health systems, often referred to as eHealth or Health Information Systems (HIS). History has shown, however, that technology alone cannot address health issues, and can even affect them adversely by diverting scarce resources away from other elements of public health and patient care.

This project will therefore investigate a range of locally relevant, affordable and interoperable eHealth solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) with a view to building a body of knowledge and a network on the subject. At the same time, researchers will endeavor to increase awareness of free and open source software (FOSS) in health informatics, with a focus on mobile health platforms and tools, and provide targeted training workshops for decision-makers, practitioners and developers of health information systems.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, July 26, 2010

End Date

Monday, March 26, 2012


12 months

IDRC Officer

Sinha, Chaitali

Total funding

CA$ 132,480


North and Central America, South America


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Heather Zornetzer

Project Leader

Joaquín Blaya


E-Health Systems S.A.

Institution Country


Project Leader

Heather Zornetzer


Sustainable Sciences Institute

Institution Country

United States

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