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IDB Cosponsors Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics 2008

The Inter-American Development Bank will cosponsor the Third Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics, to take place in Argentina on October 30 and 31, and will also hold a seminar on the role of mobile telephony in bringing healthcare services to the greater population.

The seminar, scheduled for October 31 from 2:30–6 p.m., will feature experts, academics, public- and private-sector representatives, and representatives from international organizations speaking about trends, best practices and opportunities in the use of mobile telephony for providing health information and services, particularly in low-income and rural sectors.

Public officials, representatives from the medical, hospital and pharmaceutical sectors, key health system regulatory personnel and mobile network operator executives will identify the economic and social advantages of mobile telephony. They will also discuss ways to capitalize on mobile telephony’s real potential for expanding access to health care and improving health services in Latin America and the Caribbean, where there are currently more than 370 million mobile telephones.

The seminar will take place in the auditorium of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Universidad Austral, located in Pilar, Buenos Aires province, Argentina.