From Alma-Ata to the digital citizen: towards a digital primary health care in Peru


  • Walter H. Curioso Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EE. UU. Médico cirujano, magíster en Salud Pública y doctor en Informática Biomédica
  • Milagro Henríquez-Suarez Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Nacional José Faustino Sánchez Carrión. Huacho, Perú. Licenciada en Trabajo Social, magíster en Salud Pública y doctora en Administración.
  • Elizabeth Espinoza-Portilla Instituto de Gobierno y de Gestión Pública. Universidad de San Martín de Porres. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano, magíster en Estudios de Políticas Públicas, magíster en Demografía y Población, y doctora en Gobierno y Políticas Públicas



Health information systems, Medical informatics, Telehealth, Information technology


The countries of the Region of the Americas Numerous have experienced many changes since the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978, such as globalization, new epidemiologic and demographic profiles, and the information and communication technology revolution. Nevertheless, the primary health care models in many countries of the region still endure numerous challenges, including the disarticulation of the levels of care and an inefficient management of information. It is urgent to implement a strong, flexible, and interoperable health information system that would allow the suitable access to precise, reliable, and consistent information about the health of the population. This article discusses the perspectives to develop a digital primary health care system.


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Curioso WH, Henríquez-Suarez M, Espinoza-Portilla E. From Alma-Ata to the digital citizen: towards a digital primary health care in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2018 Dec. 21 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];35(4):678-83. Available from:

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