Health, Information Society and Developing Countries
It is well understood that developing countries often have a wide spectrum of basic needs requiring improvement, mainly in terms of infrastructure and other fundamental aspects such as, nutrition, hygiene, housing, education, and so on. The existence of these needs, however, does not mean that putting the benefits of information technologies at the disposal of the developing world should be postponed indefinitely until other desirable improvements have been attained. br> br>
The application of telecommunication and informatics is of major relevance to Africa, Latin America, and other developing countries. It has the potential to improve not only the quality of healthcare, but also to help the fight against the major health scourges which often affect these countries. More importantly, the information and communications revolution which is now just a part of everyday life in the West can help to lead both advanced and developing countries towards a new society – the global information society – which in turn will contribute to the smooth integration of developing countries into the global economy as well as enabling the leapfrogging of some stages of technologies. br> br>
This book aims to show that the information society is not just an idea that is relevant to rich and developed countries – on the contrary – exploring the health problems and delivery of the health services of vital importance in developing countries can be better understood and tackled with the help of health informatics and telematics.