As health technologies evolve, the ways in which these technologies are evaluated and applied to the public sphere to ensure effectiveness also change. The Health Technology Assessment (HTA), in particular, is a systematic and technically robust process that examines a health technology (often new) from different perspectives. Using the available evidence, and then balancing … [Read more...] about How Perspective Shapes Health Policies
Not so long ago, access to primary health care was scarce and of poor quality. Although much must be done still to ensure quality health-care for all, particularly those most vulnerable, in recent years, the emphasis on bettering health care systems has resulted in improvements. Patients now expect more from these systems and listening to them might just be the key to … [Read more...] about Empowered Patients make Better Health Care
Copyright © 2017. Inter-American Development Bank. If you wish to republish this article, please request authorization to firstname.lastname@example.org. By Andrea Ulrich. Lee este artículo en español. We can all remember a time when we got hurt as children – whether by skinning our knees on the sidewalks or falling from a swing set. Our parents immediately washed the … [Read more...] about “Superbugs” and Antibiotics: Why You Should Pay Attention
Copyright © 2017. Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Si deseas republicar el artículo, por favor solicita autorización a email@example.com. By Ian W. Mac Arthur. There is one public general hospital in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, where over one in five of all patients remain longer than fifteen days, and 44% of them linger on for more than a month. Most of them … [Read more...] about Trapped in a Hospital for Too Long? Intermediate Care Provides Escape
Copyright © 2016. Inter-American Development Bank. If you wish to republish an article, please ask for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org. By Sarju Sing Rai and Meghana Kulkarni. Did you know that every hour approximately 10 people get infected with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean? HIV/AIDS is one of the most challenging and destructive diseases in human … [Read more...] about How can We Prevent HIV and End the AIDS Epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean?