Telehealth in Brazil: a special JISfTeH issue

The Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH) turns to Latin America in its latest issue with a focus on the versatile ways that telehealth has been used in Brazil. Nine papers range from distance healthcare education to store-and-forward imaging to building rural telehealth networks. Brazil’s government has supported remote care initiatives with the development and implementation of projects at the national, state and municipal levels. The telehealth model primarily has been connecting universities to primary care in remote cities (of which there are many!) with an emphasis on education and assistance. Topics include the nine-year-old telehealth project in Minas Gerais between Rio de Janiero and Brasilia, and its declining use; distance learning in dentistry; usage in the Amazon region and legislation. Registration required, but the journal is open access. Hat tip to its lead editor, Prof. Maurice Mars of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.



Health tech growing in Brazil

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]We hear relatively little about health tech developments in Latin America–and in a region with huge healthcare needs and population at all income levels, it has great potential. EmpreenderSaúde (roughly ‘to undertake health’) is looking to change that with events (including Meetups, Twitter @EmpreenderSaude and a Facebook page) that present local healthcare entrepreneurs and help to educate them on both business and healthcare. This report on their 6 August meeting features diagnostic medicine company Grupo Fleury and Projeto Dom, an initiative supporting not-for profit healthcare organizations; Saútil, a online information site providing information on Brazil’s public healthcare system; healthy food company Natue; and Medicinia which is a secure website for physicians to follow-up with their patients. The face of the rising stars on the EmpreenderSaúde website