eSAC aims to improve the health of disadvantaged groups and contributes to the advancement of health equity in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by nurturing and promoting Public eHealth innovation.
The project will create a fertile environment for innovation by using an integrated approach that will introduce various types of incentives; support communication and networking activities; offer capacity development opportunities; assess the applied value of solutions based on information and communication technologies (ICTs) addressing priority public health challenges in the region; and inform and sensitize policy makers. The development of eSAC’s integrated approach has been informed by three fundamental hypotheses, notably that in the LAC region:
1) most stakeholders in the field of public health do not understand well enough the potential of new ICTs to be able to envision and conceptualize innovative and appropriate applications;
2) the lack of a supportive environment to promote interactions among stakeholders results in limited opportunities to stimulate creative competition; and
3) the lack of clear and meaningful incentives to promote intellectual investment results in little attention being given to the role of ICTs in public health.
eSAC’s integrated approach will offer the opportunity to explore these hypotheses while contributing to breaking down the silos that often exist in interventions aimed at promoting eHealth. Central to eSAC’s model will be the work of a small network of highly educated and motivated young professionals who will be supported to catalyze the development of a regional community of practice and to provide necessary assistance to most project activities.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), Washington DC
Alex R. Jadad
Andrea A. Cortinois