Brazil: Information & Technology

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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  1. Matta-Machado ATG, de Lima ÂMLD, de Abreu DMX, Araújo LL, Sobrinho DF, Araújo ÉLS, et al. Is the Use of Information and Communication Technology Associated With Aspects of Womenʼs Primary Health Care in Brazil? 2017;40(2):S49–59. Available from: