Joaquin Blaya, Ph.D., is the founder of eHealth Systems, a Health IT consulting based in Chile, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a moderator of the Health IT community on GHDonline.org. He received his Ph.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 2008. He also consults for Boston-based Partners In Health.
A key challenge in providing healthcare and health IT in resource-poor settings is a lack of training and trained personnel.
There are many reasons for this: the high cost of training, especially in remote areas; the fact that trained personnel usually move to urban areas; and the lack of education and opportunities in rural areas.
One strategy to reduce these problems is eLearning: providing training and other education online.