Integrating hospitals and digital health strategies for advancing quality in health services in the Americas

  • INNOVATION IN CARE & OPERATIONS

When:

Thursday 12 September

11:00–12:00

Session description:

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, the integration of digital technologies in hospitals plays a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of health services. This session will explore innovative strategies and best practices for effectively integrating digital health solutions within hospital settings.

The session will also address the broader context of integrated health service delivery networks, emphasizing the pivotal role of hospitals as integral components. Attend this session to gain insights into recognized best practices of integration in the Region of the Americas, challenges faced, and opportunities for collaboration to improve the overall quality of health services.

The panel will feature experts from PAHO Member States and regional advisors, offering diverse perspectives and practical strategies for advancing quality in health services through the seamless integration of digital health and hospitals within integrated delivery networks.

Chair: Dr Ernesto Báscolo, Unit Chief of the Primary Health Care and Integrated Service Delivery, Pan American Health Organization under the World Health Organization, USA

  • INNOVATION IN CARE & OPERATIONS

When:

Thursday 12 September

11:00–12:00

Chair

Dr Ernesto Báscolo

Unit Chief of the Primary Health Care and Integrated Service Delivery, Pan American Health Organization under the World Health Organization, USA

Dr Ernesto Báscolo is an economist and an outstanding professional in the field of social sciences, currently serving as the new Chief of the Primary Health Care and Integrated Service Delivery Unit (PH) of the Department of Health Systems and Services (HSS) of the Pan American Health Organization.

In recognition of his outstanding career and experience, he was appointed Regional Advisor in Governance, Leadership, Policy and Planning by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for 7 years. In this role, he provided strategic advice and guidance on key health-related issues in the region. His experience covers a wide range of areas, such as health promotion, disease prevention and control, and health systems planning and management. In addition, he has worked closely with national governments, international organizations, and other key actors to strengthen the response to public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continuing his quest for knowledge, Dr Báscolo obtained a Master’s in Health Economics and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham in 2001 – broadening his perspective on health-related economic and policy issues. He furthered his research interests with a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires in 2010 – focusing on social determinants influencing health and health systems. Alongside his academic achievements, he taught at the National University of Rosario from 1992 to 2015, mentoring young health professionals, and contributed significantly to health research as a Researcher at CONICET in Argentina from 2013 to 2015.