When you have an appointment with a Doctor, one of the first questions will probably be if you are under any medications. For some people, this is an awkward moment, in other cases, patients forget the name or dosage of the drugs they are taking. When dealing with a patient that is not able to respond, the problem is worse. And what happens when two drugs have similar names? In … [Read more...] about Digital Tools Can Prevent Inappropriate and Even Dangerous Drug Prescriptions
In the urban slums of Bangladesh, BRAC Manoshi, a community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) initiative driven by community health workers (CHWs), conducts home visits to detect, prevent, and treat complications during pregnancy. While this programme has had sweeping successes in improving health outcomes, it is often challenged by the inability to accurately … [Read more...] about When to Use Biometrics to Improve Health
Health at the service of citizens, modern, agile, at low-cost and accessible to people. Is this a luxury only developed countries can afford? Imagine the possibility of the internet giving you access to your medical history; allowing you to administer your pharmacological treatments with an electronic prescription; allowing you to schedule a medical appointment without having … [Read more...] about Digital Health for Older Adults
Some Latin American and Caribbean countries face certain socio-political conditions that hinder people’s ability to live in a healthy environment and access health services that meet their needs. In addition, countries in the region face important challenges to improve quality, equity and results in health due, in part, to limits on financial resources, infrastructure and a … [Read more...] about Call for Papers: How Can We Reach Equity in the Region’s Health Systems?
Questions we may ask ourselves as we age might include: who’s going to care for us? How will we afford that care? Will we become a burden for our loved ones? Should we spare them and explore retirement home options? None of these questions are easy. They’re especially difficult in societies where people tend to feel more alienated. But in some cultures, where family ties are … [Read more...] about Costa Rica’s Deeply Familial Care System at the Onset of Increased Global Aging