Electronic Health Delivery using Open Source Software and Personal Digital Assistants (Argentina and Colombia)

This project aims to strengthen primary healthcare delivery to vulnerable populations through the use of information and communication technology (ICT), specifically, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and free and open source software (FOSS).

The project will be carried out by the Universidad Austral de Argentina through its centre for interdisciplinary studies and management and the economy of health (CEGES). CEGES will engage experts from the e-health unit of the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota (FSFB), Colombia, to assist with specific activities. Researchers will endeavor to make the electronic clinical registry based on FOSS compatible with international health data standards; devise indicators for measuring the efficacy, applicability cost-effectiveness and impact of healthcare delivery using ICTs - a training session in Outcome Mapping and Monitoring is planned as part of the project; and pilot the delivery of essential healthcare information using PDAs in two target populations, one in Campagna, Argentina, and the other in a region of Colombia.

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Start Date

Friday, June 29, 2007

End Date

Monday, June 29, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ospina, Angelica Valeria

Total funding

CA$ 268,400


Argentina, South America, North and Central America, Colombia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Juan Carlos Di Lucca


Asociacion Civil de Estudios Superiores

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