Heron provides application software modules,
and strategies, to the health sector, and adheres to the following
- Health is a basic human right
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United Nations, Article 25
- Good health is an essential . . . . . . .
for equitable development . . . . . . .
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
Chair, WHO macroeconomic commission (Jan 2001)
- Country health must rely on effective
IT systems . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . George
PAHO, Director (July 1999)
- Better Surveillance . . . . . . .
strong global linkages . . . . . . . Dr.
WHO, Executive Director (July 2003 - SARS)
The above concepts are firmly kept in mind in
the development and delivery of the company's IT solutions. Extensive
experience has been gained after more than a decade of working
with developing countries in health IT. In addition, the company
had an earlier period exceeding a decade of software development
and experience in the health sector of Canada. Heron has developed
its health IT solutions, and strategies based on this collective
market knowledge. These solutions and strategies enable developing
countries to now move ahead in the better management of their
all important national health sector through the use of Information
Some of the characteristics that are intrinsic
to the Heron COMPASS Patient Administration System (PAS) are:
The Heron COMPASS PAS can emerge to be the health
IT 'Standard' for many developing countries, permitting these
countries to realize the clarion call of the Caribbean Commission
on Health & Development Report, and Heron's comments.
"The Health of the Nation is the Wealth
of the Nation" (July 2005)
- Everyone has the right to a standard
of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself
and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical
care and necessary social services, and the right to security
in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood,
old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond
- Motherhood and childhood are entitled
to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in
or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights United Nations, Article 25
Geneva - June 17, 2002. World Health
Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland welcomed
a landmark report on the links between macroeconomics and health.
The report is the result of a two-year effort by the Commission
on Macroeconomics and Health, a group of 18 leading economists
and health experts. This report is a turning point,"
said Dr Brundtland as she received the report from Professor Jeffrey
D. Sachs, the Harvard economist who chaired the Commission.
The Commission argues that "proper investment in a country's
human resources is a powerful engine for economic growth.
Quite simply, good health is an essential prerequisite for equitable
development and fair globalization."
Efficient and Effective IT Systems
"I have stressed repeatedly, here in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), that information is a critical resource for
our work. Our technical cooperation must be based on good information about those areas in which we will cooperate
with our Member States."
"Competent management of the services requires that there be efficient and effective information systems."
Dr. George A. O. Alleyne
Pan American Health Organization
Setting Up Healthcare Services Pan American Health Organization
World Health Organization, JULY 1999
Better Surveillance . . .Global Linkages
Preparing for the next outbreak requires restoring
and strengthening the public health infrastructure. More epidemiologists
and other public health specialists are needed. Better
surveillance and response systems must be established
which include strong national, regional and global linkages
in reporting. And governments need to invest more in hospital
infection control. "SARS is teaching us many lessons," said
Dr Brundtland. "Now we must translate those lessons into action.
We may have very little time, and we must use it wisely."