Follow up of the Legislation Advancement Along the Implementation of the Brazilian Telehealth Programme

  • Ana Estela Haddad University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Deise Garrido da Silva University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Alexandra Monteiro State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Tâmara Guedes Ministry of Health
  • Alexandre Medeiros Figueiredo Ministry of Health, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Keywords: Telemedicine – Primary Health Care – Delivery of Health Care – legislation – Public Policy

Abstract

Purpose: Brazil has adopted e-Health as a national policy applied to healthcare and education since 2006. The aim of the present study is to present the evolution of the legislation as it reflects the evolution of the Brazilian Telehealth Program along this period of time, as well as some learned lessons. Methods: To describe the evolution of the program, a model was adopted, and analysed  in parallel to the three main edicts that oriented the evolution of the  program. Results: The life cycle stages of e-health implementation were identified in the evolution of the 3 different stages of the Brazilian Telehealth Program and also reflected in the evolution of its legislation. The results of pilot project from the first stage was followed and guided the implementation of the National Program applied to primary health care in the second stage. The Program has been implemented all over the country, developed new concepts, became integrated to the Unified Health Systems not only in primary health care, but also include median and high complexity level of care. Conclusion: The Brazilian Telehealth Program, along his implementation and consolidation, established new concepts and had telehealth included in its roll of services. These accomplishments are reflected in the Brazilian legislation, which considers and applies e-Health as a national policy.

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Author Biographies

Ana Estela Haddad, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Department, PhD, Free Lecturer,Associate Professor. Adjunt Coordinator to the Telehealth and Teledentistry Center of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo. Former Director of Manegment of Education of Health Profesionals and Former Coordinator to the Brazilian Telehealth Program form the Ministry of Health.
Deise Garrido da Silva, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
MSc, Post Graduate Student, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo
Alexandra Monteiro, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PhD, Professor of Pediatruc Radiology, Coordinator to the Rio de Janeiro Center of Telehealth.
Tâmara Guedes, Ministry of Health
Coordinator to the Brazilian Program of Telehealth
Alexandre Medeiros Figueiredo, Ministry of Health, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Director of Manegment of Education of Health Professionals, Professor of the School of Medicine.

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Published
2016-02-15
How to Cite
Haddad, A., da Silva, D., Monteiro, A., Guedes, T., & Figueiredo, A. (2016). Follow up of the Legislation Advancement Along the Implementation of the Brazilian Telehealth Programme. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 4, e11 (1-7). Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/141
Section
Special Theme: Telehealth in Brazil