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April 24th - Tuesday  
07:30pm - 09:00pm Opening Ceremony
Title Author
Opening conference

George A.O. Alleyne, Director, PAHO/WHO

April 25th - Wednesday
09:00am - 10:00am First Plenary Session                
Conference
Cyberdemocracy Pierre Lévy, Professor, Dept. des Sciences du Loisir et de la Communication Sociale, Université du Quebéc à Troi-Rivières, Canada 
10:00am - 12:00pm Panel 1
Knowledge society and health equity
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies: The Implications for Health and Health Care
Nico Stehr, Professor, Hanse-Center for Advanced Study, Germany 
Health equity: what is it? why study it?

Paula Braveman, Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, USA
Equity, Health and Human development: the contribution of the Virtual Health Library Juan Antonio Casas, Director, HDP/PAHO 

 

2:00pm - 5:00pm Panel 2 
Knowledge management in different instances of the society
The promise and pitfalls of Internet health: can we and should we close the digital divide?

David Gustafson, Chair of The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Health codes of ethics: compliance in the real world John Mack, President Internet Healthcare Coalition, USA 
Consumer health informatics: new paradigm in health sciences
Gunther Eysenbach, Professor, Department of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany 
The ethical challenge of information and knowledge management in health
Fernando Lolas Stepke, Director, Regional Program on Bioethics, PAHO, Chile
April 26th - Thursday
09:00am Second Plenary Session
09:00am - 12:00pm Panel 3
Information, knowledge and health decision-making
Is scientific knowledge useful for decision making? Public health between research and action Gérard de Pouvourville, Member, Centre de Recherche d'Etude et Documentation en Economie de la Santé 
The Cochrane Collaboration: improving clinical and sanitary decisions
Xavier Bonfill, Director, Centro Cochrane Iberoamericano, Spain

 

Knowledge management in health systems: the experience in Cuba
José B. Jardines Méndez, President Universidad Virtual de la Salud en Cuba, Chief Cátedra de NTIC en Salud, Cuba
... the end of privileged knowledge?
Barend Mons, Secretary, SHARED-NWO, Netherlands
2:00pm - 5:00pm Panel 4
Scientific knowledge production and communication
Textual Information Clustering and visualization for Knowledge Discovery and Management
  
Xavier Polanco, URI/INIST Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France 

 

How freeing the refereed literature online will accelerate the growth of knowledge Stevan Harnad, Proessor of Cognitive Science, Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom 
The importance of journals to the scientific endeavor Carol Tenopir, Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, USA
www.scielo.org: lessons and challenges in publishing online Latin American and Caribbean scientific publications
  
Abel L. Packer, Director, BIREME/PAHO 

 

April 27th - Friday  
09:00am Third Plenary Session
09:00am - 12:00pm  Panel 5
Building capacity in health
Leveling the playing field: using the Internet and other information technology to ensure equitable access to knowledge Alejandro R. Jadad, Director, Program in eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, Faculty of Medicine and Rose Family Chair in Supportive Care, University of Toronto, Canada 
Global teaching without distance education: the Supercourse
Ronald E. Laporte, Director, Disease monitoring and telecommunications, Professor of Epydemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburg, USA 
Time to upgrade the people: leadership in hybrid libraries
Tony McSéan, Director British Medical Association Library, United Kingdom
Change is not made without inconvenience: becoming a knowledge manager
Lois Ann Colaianni, Former Director for Library Operations National Library of Medicine, USA 
1:30pm - 4:00pm Panel 6
Information technologies and knowledge management
Information filtering and information brokering: revisiting the role of the librarian
   
Derek Law, Director of Information Strategy & Librarian University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
From health professionals to health consumers: new oportunities for the Medical Library Network
Becky Lyon, Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, USA
Linking public health and personal health information: a vision of regional health information technology architectures
   
Patricia Flatley Brennan, Moehlman Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, President of the American Medical Informatics Association, USA

 

XML and its family of standards - how to apply Web technology
Bert Bos, User Interface Group, W3C, France
4:00pm - 5:00pm Closure ceremony
Jeremias Hernández Ojito, Director, CNICM, Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba 

Antonio Casas, Director, HDP/PAHO 

Abel Packer, Director, BIREME/PAHO 


The Virtual Health Library improving the health knowledge base in Latin America and the Caribbean

Declaration of La Habana  

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