Working towards the integration of ICTs in regional healthcare systems
Erica Rosolen is the young director of the TICSA study center at ISALUD University. After living for ten years in Italy working for the Dedalus Healthcare Systems Group; a company with five hundred employees focused on healthcare systems, cloud computing in healthcare and hospital computer systems, this young Argentine professional wanted to return home. So she decided to accept an invitation issued by the Programa Raices run by the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology which seeks to use international cooperation to strengthen the national production system. Thanks to her proposal, she was selected to form part of a group of scientists and professionals to be repatriated. Her proposal also put her in contact with ISALUD University which was creating a new space to build links between the university and international bodies related to activity in the health information technology and communications sector.
She is currently the director of this group, which she describes as “an open university space, set up to study the use of ICTs in healthcare and their integration with regional healthcare systems, in partnership with each subsector, in public, social security and private healthcare systems.”
To find out a little more about the group, which is already a major player in healthcare ICTs in the region, EHealth Reporter Latin America interviewed Doctor Rosolen.
EHealth Reporter Latin America: Why was TICSA founded?
Erica Rosolen: The idea came from Dr. Santiago Spadafora, Secretary of the University Extension of ISALUD University, a doctor specializing in Hospital Administration and Director of the post-graduate course in that specialization. The University offers assessments and technical assistance to healthcare service providers and organizations and right now what is most needed are projects that incorporate information and communications technologies.
After coming to this assessment, the University decided to form an interdisciplinary space that might serve as a point of reference for those working on ICTs in healthcare.
EHRLA: What does the space consist of?
ER: A group of expert volunteers; we meet every week in order to develop research paths that can help to create and further knowledge about the application of ICTs in healthcare and to promote new knowledge, projects and experiences related to the subject.
EHRLA: How successful were the First Healthcare ICT Events held on the 22nd of June this year?
ER: Those meetings were an opportunity to officially inaugurate the ISALUD TICSA Study and Research Center, and also to hold the meeting for the ELAC 2015 international working group on ICTs and Healthcare, in which the University holds a vice-presidency, to progress with the group’s 2013 work plan.
EHRLA: Tell us a little more about ELAC 2015