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  • This lecture is based primarily on information gained during the 12 th World Public Health Congress in Istanbul, Turkey April 25 – April 30, 2009.

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  • Using Information Technology to Improve Public Health
  • The European approach
    • Health – EU
    • The official public health portal of the European Union
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  • Health – EU Portal
    • 6 Domains of Information
    • My Health
    • My Lifestyle
    • My Environment
    • Health Problems
    • Care for Me
    • Health in the EU
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  • Created by the EU Health and Consumers Directorate-General’s Office
    • The main objective of this thematic Portal is to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programs at EU level. The portal is intended to help meet EU objectives in the Public Health field, it is an important instrument to positively influence behavior and promote the steady improvement of public health in the 27 EU Member States.
  • Brazil’s Approach
    • Rio de Janeiro E-Health Center
    • Links Family Health Groups in 9 regions of the country to the University Reference Centers to improve primary attention to health.
    • Aim is to connect 2700 Family Health Groups in the project
    • Telessaude Brasil in Rio De Janeiro State. Brazil’s E-Health . [Brochure]
  • What is the Pan American Health Organization doing?
    • Virtual Campus of Public Health with campus nodes in:
    • PERU
  • Create – Share - Improve
    • The Virtual Campus is a decentralized network of individuals, institutions and organizations that share courses, resources, services and education, with the common purpose of improving the skills of the workforce in public health. The Virtual Campus makes intense use of new information technologies, communication and health education and seeks to become a space for creativity and innovation in developing policies and processes in health education.
  • On a global basis….
    • The World Health Organization is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map disease-specific information and analyze it in relation to population settlements, surrounding social and health services and the natural environment.
  • Can technology provide the route to improve global health?
  • Telepreventive Medicine
    • Using the internet to reach large numbers of healthy people to prevent disease.
    • “ Education is the
    • most powerful
    • weapon which you
    • can use to change the
    • world.”
    • Nelson Mandela
  • How can we improve prevention education worldwide? Answer: Get better lectures
  • How do I get better lectures?
  • Supercourse
    • Supercourse is very unique. It is different in that it allows access to over 2000 expert lectures, reducing preparation time and increasing quality. It serves as a very powerful tool for the manufacture, distribution and utilization of lectures.
  • What is Supercourse?
    • Funded by NLM and NIH
    • Managed by a team of public health graduates based in Pittsburgh and a webmaster in Siberia
    • Freely available online library of > 2000 PowerPoint lectures
    • Many lectures are multilingual
    • Written by members of Global Health Network of 64,000 scientists including Nobel Prize winners
  • Globalization
    • Supercourse already reaches over 44,000 faculty in 175 countries.
  • No copyright Freedom of use – the goal is to make the program perpetually free with no restrictions and no charge
  • Access is free
  • Training via Supercourse is cost effective
  • What about Quality?
  • Legacy  lectures (13)  given to the Supercourse by Nobel Prize Laureates
    • Baruch S. Blumberg - Australia Antigen and the Biology of Hepatitis B   in Chinese
    • Leland H. Hartwell - Yeast and cancer
    • Eric R. Kandel - Molecular Biology of Memory: A Dialogue Between Genes and Synapses
    • Klaus von Klitzing -   25 Years Quantum Hall Effect. Part I   Part II
    • Ferid Murad - Biological Effects of Nitric Oxide and its Role in Cell Signaling  
    • Paul Nurse - The Great Ideas Of Biology       Cell Cycle Control  
    • Joshua Lederberg - Microbial Threats to Health in the United States: Natural and Manmade
    • Douglas Osheroff - How Advances in Science Are Made. Part I     Part II
    • And more….
  • Some examples:
  • Developers
  • Development Team
    • Ronald E. LaPorte, Ph.D. Leader
    • Core Team:
      • Faina Linkov, Ph.D.
      • Mita Lovalekar, M.D., PhD
      • Eugene Shubnikov, M.D.
    • Developers:
      • Sunita Dodani, M.D., PhD, MS, FCPS
      • Abdullatif S. Husseini PhD. MPH, MS
      • Ali Ardalan MD,MPH,PhD
  • Developers
      • Francois Sauer, MD
      • Julia Choubnikova, M.S.
      • Nicolas Padilla Raygoza, MD
      • Andrey I. Trufanov , PhD
      • Jianshi (Jesse) Huang, MD, MHPE, MPH, MBA
      • Thomas J. Songer, M.Sc., Ph.D.
      • EunRyoung Sa, M.S. 
      • Beatriz Rico Verdin, M.D., M.Sc.
      • Benjamin Acosta, M.D.
      • Akira Sekikawa M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.
      • Deborah J. Aaron, Ph.D., M.S.I.S.
  • Invitation to contribute:
  • Questions:
    • Is there an application for the use of Supercourse for you?
    • Can you contribute to the library of lectures?
    • Can you use any of the lectures in your teaching or learning?
    • In your opinion what is the greatest benefit of the development of Supercourse?
  • Summary
    • Europe
    • Brazil
    • Pan American
    • The World Health Organization
    • Supercourse
  • Summary
    • Cost
    • Quality
    • Access
    • Effectiveness
    • Target audiences
    • What will the future bring?