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eHealth Summary English

eHealth Summary English

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IDRC eHEALTHEVALUATION SUMMARY
 
IDRC WORk IN THE FIELD OF eHEALTH
Canada’s International Development Research Centre(IDRC) provides research grants to individuals andorganizations in the developing world to allow them to fnd solutions to their social, economic and environmentalproblems. From its creation in 1970, IDRC has beencommitted to understanding how appropriate access toand use o inormation can improve development outcomes.This has included support or research into the use o inormation and communication technology (ICT) in healthsystems, oten reerred to as electronic health or ehealth.For more than 10 years, IDRC-supported projects incommunities in Arica, Asia, and Latin America and theCaribbean (LAC) have been addressing a broad range o demand-driven research questions. The projects range rom exploratory proo-o-concept studies and sotwaredevelopment to large multi-country research networks andcapacity-building initiatives that examine the relationshipbetween ehealth solutions and health outcomes.IDRC is recognized or its risk-taking culture — bothinternally and externally — leading to projects that arenot only undeniably innovative and cutting edge with
*Note:
Currency is Canadian dollarsthroughout this report.
Over 
8.5 million
 people have  been a f fec ted  by IDR-suppor ted eheal th pro jec ts, which have mo bilized over 
$ 7.3 million*
 in  funding  from o ther donors.
 
respect to content and structure, but have also catalyzedcritical pathways contributing to building the feld o ehealth research in Arica, Asia, and LAC.
[The Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN)] initiative [which began with research funding from IDRC] was away ahead of its time. So, in a way, it became a standard/ benchmark for anyone else doing electronic data collectionand transmission. Because of this it became a natural reference point for informing policy.
PatrickKibaya,
 Uganda Chartered HealthnetIDRC’s dual ocus on strengthening capacity and inuencingpolicy has shaped ehealth research projects. Researchcapacities have been strengthened at the level o individualsas well as organizations, and evidence rom these projectshas inuenced discourse and practice in the realm o policies.
The single most important lesson we learned is to get the national government involved with the ehealth project.Why? Because any ehealth project has the potential tobenet a large portion of society, and scaling up to that level will involve government in various ways: legislation,regulation, promotion, etc. Failing to involve national government will result in substantial hurdles in upscaling any ehealth project.
Dr.AlvinMarcelo,
 University o the Philippines, Manila
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