A young woman in Mexico with Type II diabetes hears her phone buzz and sees a notification – “Rise in blood sugar detected – inject 6 units of rapid acting insulin now.” … [Read more...] about Three Impacts of Digital Health on Healthcare
Regulatory agencies around the world are continuously reviewing requests for the commercialization of new medicines and other health technologies in their countries. With globalization, technological advances and innovation, and the emergence of new types of treatments, such as biologicals, biosimilars, and cell and gene therapies, the volume and complexity of such requests … [Read more...] about Would a Regional Regulatory Agency for Health Technologies be Feasible?
Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced important improvements in key health indicators over the last two decades. For example, since 2000 average life expectancy rose from 71 to 75 years of age, and mortality rates for children under five fell by 44%. The region currently faces the challenge of maintaining these achievements and making further progress in health … [Read more...] about 10 Take-Aways on How the Region Can Improve Health Spending Efficiency
Despite enormous advances in technology and improvements in human welfare at the global level, there are still vulnerable populations today that have little or no access to basic health care, even in developed countries such as the United States. One factor contributing to the problem is the major crisis involving human resources in health – resources that are vital to the … [Read more...] about How Community Health Workers Are Helping Vulnerable Communities
Among future parents, the “doula” – a Greek word that means “servant woman” or "women's servant" – is increasingly popular. Who are doulas and what accounts for their popularity? A doula is someone who provides the support and understanding necessary to make childbirth an enriching and personalized experience. In many countries doulas meet a need that traditional maternity … [Read more...] about Why Do Some Women Want Doulas to Accompany Them During Childbirth?