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FOREWORD

                                      MARTHA ELENA PINTO de DE HART
                                      Minister of Communications of Colombia
                                      Chairperson of the Permanent Consultative
                                      Committee I of CITEL

It is my great privilege and honor to introduce to the international community the Book on
Telehealth in the Americas, through which Permanent Consultative Committee I (PCC.I)
seeks to disseminate the results of efforts under way in the health sector to reach the most
remote communities of our Hemisphere, while pointing to the contribut ion of the
telecommunication sector in meeting the most urgent needs of deprived sectors of the society
of the Americas.
Particularly vital in ensuring the quality of the document was the participation of the Pan
American Health Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, distinguished
institutions such as the National University of Colombia, and major medical organizations.
This document is one of the studies on universal service promoted by PCC.I with a view to
bridging the digital divide among countries of differing levels of development, a divide that
isolates large segments of the society of each.
Clearly, this situation can only be overcome through appropriate use of information and
telecommunication technologies in resolving specific difficulties. A prime example of this is
the health sector, where such instruments are creating an opportunity to provide medical care
in remote communities and enhance quality of service, the benefits of which are evident in the
text I am gratified and proud to present.

MARTHA ELENA PINTO de DE HART
Minister of Communications of Colombia
Chairperson of the Permanent Consultative Committee I
CITEL

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