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Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2014 May-Jun;35(5-6):446-52.

[Advances in eHealth in Colombia: adoption of the National Cancer Information System].

[Article in Spanish]

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Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social, Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia,
Dirección de Epidemiología y Demografía, Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social, Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia.


The use of the eHealth has become feasible and acceptable in a variety of fields and contexts in Colombia. This article reports on the Colombian experience using eHealth tools applied to cancer, as well as the challenges, emerging trends, and positive outcomes related to the use of information technology and communication in the national health system. One of these outcomes has been Colombia's National Cancer Information System, in place since 2012, which is the result of political action and strategies focused on applying these innovative technologies in the field of health. The final judgment will depend of the extent to which it is possible to guide timely, effective, and coordinated interventions to optimize care for people with cancer, improve their quality of life, and significantly reduce inequalities. Once this is achieved, the next step should be to replicate the experience and apply eHealth-based tools more broadly in the contexts and fields that the country and the Region require.

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