Symposium on mHealth

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On March 25th and 26th 2011, leading Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics professionals from around Latin America and North America had the unique opportunity to convene for a two-day conference to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions to improve and enhance mHealth in the Andean Region. The Symposium on mHealth Strategy for Latin America was held in Lima, Peru and organized by the Andean Global Health Informatics Research and Training Center (QUIPU) with support from the Fogarty International Center (FIC)/ National Institutes of Health (NIH), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, the US Naval Medical Research Unit 6 (NAMRU 6), the Universidad del Cauca (Colombia), and the University of Washington (Seattle).

Meeting attendees from 12 countries, representing the government, academic health institutions, research organizations, and industry, gathered to discuss topics of interest including mobile health case studies from around the globe, mLearning and approaches to reproductive heath, the use of informatics as a tool to strengthen global health research, surveillance and data collection, and comparative effectiveness research and research training. Growing from the experiences from the initial meeting of QUIPU in 2010, this symposium was primarily focused on participatory methods through the use of case studies and thematic driven discussions.

The purposes of this conference were to share experiences and lessons learned from researchers involved in mobile health projects across Latin America regarding research and training opportunities and to promote North-to-South and South-to-South collaborations among researchers and representatives from private and public institutions from Latin America and abroad. The conference brought together some of the leading administrators, researchers and government officials in the area of innovative mHealth interventions and prevention research in Latin American and around the world, giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences, and think together about ways to more effectively and efficiently use these invaluable resources and collaborate. Sessions were organized into thematic panel discussions and covered issues related to challenges and lessons learned from ongoing studies, mlearning and educational accessibility, chronic disease, infectious disease, research and research training, relationship building between private and public entities, politics and mobile health and a concluding with a bridge discussion on the future of mobile health in Latin America.

For a more detailed description of this event, please see the report herein English or Spanish