BRAZIL (with UFPE – Federal University of Pernambuco, in Pernambuco state)

Ashish Joshi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor at CGHAD is working in Brazil on evaluating a country-wide tele health program in 73 municipalities and 141 health unit centers in the entire state of Pernambuco. He examined the challenges and barriers to tele-education implementation and ways to improve participation and satisfaction of the participating health unit centers utilizing the tele-education services.

BrazilTele-education is proposed often as a solution to healthcare problems in the developing world. However, one of the major challenges with Tele-Education adoption in developing countries is a lack of evaluation data, and a lack of published results and the sharing of expertise. Also, there is a compelling need to evaluate such programs on an ongoing basis so that effectiveness of these programs can be assessed, making it easier for them to be adopted into practice in the developing  countries.

RedeNutes Tele-education program in Brazil connects Tertiary Health unit center to primary health care centers in rural areas delivering remote consultations, providing specialized services and continuous education including healthcare and non healthcare professionals. This framework can be utilized to facilitate decision makers for timely interventions and appropriate resource allocations to improve outcomes of these services. Research collaborations are being established to extend utilization of testing interventions to support chronic diseases 

Below – left: Dr. Joshi is witnessing the program being delivered between Portugal and Brazil; Right: Dr. Joshi’s team in Pernambuco


This work was funded by a USA-Brazil consortium for Biomedical Informatics education grant.