Learning from low income countries: what are the lessons?: Health information technology need not cost the earth

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7475.1185-a (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1185
  1. Luis Carlos Silva (lcsilva@infomed.sld.cu), senior researcher,
  2. Pedro Urra, director
  1. Havana Medical University, Calle 27 No 110 e/ M y N Plaza de la Revolución, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
  2. National Cuban Centre of Medical Information, CALLE 23 Esq N, 10400, Vedado, Ciudad de la Habana

    EDITOR—In the early 1990s the Soviet Union's disintegration produced a sudden shrinkage of Cuba's economy. US sanctions were tightened, and Cuba was in economic crisis. Long hours of blackout daily became common.

    These adverse circumstances affected a country with limited material resources and few computers and telephone lines, as …

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