I was privileged to contribute to the book,TIC Saúde 2014 – Research on the Use of Information and Communication Technology in Brazilian Health Facilities. It presents the results of a nationwide survey of how health IT (which outside the US is called “ICT,” where the ‘C’ stands for “Communication”) is used in Brazil. The publication includes chapters presenting different perspectives on health ICT. The book was published by NIC.br, the Brazilian Network Information Center (the group that manages the Internet in Brazil) and Cetic.br, The Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society. It was masterfully edited by my dear friend, Heimar de Fátima Marin and Alexandre Barbosa.
In my chapter (starting on page 179 in English or page 53 in Portuguese), I propose that we should view health care as a collaboration between the patient and the health care professional around the patient’s health, and discusses how ICT can be a tool to enable that. I presented this chapter as a keynote presentation at the book premier in São Paulo last month as part of Medinfo 2015, the world congress of medical informatics.
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