Brazil: Information & Technology
Key country characteristics
- Upper-Middle Income, Portugese-speaking country in Latin America & the Caribbean
- Population: 211M
- GDP Per Capita: $15.3K
- Life expectancy at birth: 75
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In light of numerous recommendations that health systems adopt electronic health records (EHRs) and information systems, a study in Brazil explored the impact of the use of information communication technology on women’s health.1 The study evaluated three components of information and communication technology: infrastructure, system implementation, and information use. The study found generally low levels of all three in primary care teams across Brazil; however, the study found an association between quality of care in women’s health – as measured by a set of 17 indicators – and infrastructure (printer, television, and computer availability), connectivity (internet, access to smartphones), implementation (EHRs, telehealth, use of records, and use of referral centers), and all aspects of information use (including the presence of various records and risk stratification protocols).
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