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Book by and Pan-American Health Organization presents recommendations for measuring digital health

21 MAI 2019


Available for download in three languages, this publication helps countries measure progress in the sector

With the goal of facilitating the production of statistics about the adoption, use and appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health sector, the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (, a department of the Brazilian Network Information Center (, and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) have launched the book Measuring Digital Health. Available in three languages - English, Portuguese and Spanish - this publication helps guide public managers, academic researchers, enterprises in the private sector, and representatives of civil society in various countries to measure their progress in the sector. You may download the publication here:

Measuring Digital Health was launched in the 9th edition of the Week of Research Methodologies, an annual initiative by to promote the exchange of experiences between data producers and users. “The publication is a response to the growing need for reliable data and indicators that can help governments create and monitor ICT policies and strategies, compare their progress with that of other countries, and adopt solutions for the equitable use of these technologies in the health sector,” explains Alexandre Barbosa, manager of

Divided into six chapters, the publication presents an international perspective, case studies, and an outlook for measuring digital health. “Measuring the universalization of access to ICT in healthcare facilities and their use and appropriation by professionals in the area is essential to evidence-based policymaking,” says Barbosa.

In Measuring Digital Health, readers will find details about each of the steps necessary to carry out a survey of ICT access, use, and appropriation in the health sector. It also provides information about best practices, based on the first nationwide measurement effort developed in Latin America, the survey ICT in Health, by, as well as that conducted later in Uruguay. The publication also dedicates one chapter to addressing the adoption of an integrated model that goes beyond statistics on access and use, including effects (associated with investment in ICT and the development of capabilities), results (improvements in efficiency, quality and access), and impacts (centered on the challenges of each country's health system).

Access the English, Portuguese and Spanish versions of Measuring Digital Health at Complementarily, access the ICT in Health indicators and publications at


The Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society, of, is responsible for producing indicators and statistics about Internet availability and use in Brazil, disseminating analyses and periodical data about the development of the Internet in the country. is a Regional Center of Studies under the auspices of UNESCO. More information at

About the Brazilian Network Information Center -

The Brazilian Network Information Center — ( is a private nonprofit civil entity. In addition to implementing the decisions and projects of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, it also has the following responsibilities: coordinate the registration of domain names – (, study, respond to and manage security incidents in Brazil - (, study and do research on network technologies and operations - (, produce indicators about information and communication technologies - (, implement and operate Internet Exchange Points - (, enable the participation of the Brazilian community in the global development of the Web and underpin policymaking - (, and host the W3C Brazil Office (

About the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee -

The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, which is responsible for establishing strategic directives relative to Internet use and development in Brazil, coordinates and integrates all the Internet service initiatives across the country, promoting technical quality, innovation and the dissemination of the services provided. Based on the principles of multilaterality, transparency and democracy, represents a multisectorial model of governance on the Internet with the effective participation of all sectors of society in its decisions. One of its creations was the 10 Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet ( More information at

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