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Social Innovation to Achieve Global Health

Social Innovation to Achieve Global Health
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Author(s): Marta Cristiane Alves Pereira (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Perla Calil Pongeluppe Wadhy Rebehy (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Fabiana Faleiros (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and Maria Cristiane Barbosa Galvao (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Marketing for Global Reach in the Digital Economy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Luísa Cagica Carvalho (Universidade Aberta, Portugal & Universidade de Évora, Portugal) and Pedro Isaías (University of Queensland, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6307-5.ch022

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Abstract

The use of information and communication technologies for health (eHealth) has great potential to provide global impact. It increases the involvement of healthcare consumers and improves knowledge dissemination to and from the health workforce. Additionally, it may contribute to incorporating evidence-based results to promote more efficient, safer, and more accessible healthcare, improving outcomes while reducing costs. Considering this background, the present chapter emphasizes contemporary initiatives such as D.Efficiency and Ask Dr. Giggles, which are focused on global health initiatives that employ communication and information technologies and social innovation, in addition to prioritizing the wellbeing of individuals in society. Therefore, it is hoped that this chapter provides further understanding of the phenomenon of social innovation in health, which has the potential to be used by large numbers of people, enhance equity in access to qualified information, and provide opportunities to address other social determinants of health.

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