The wail of an ambulance siren pierces the relative quiet of a downtown Chicago hotel dining room. Iraq's Minister of Health, Salih Al Hasnawi, MD, stops in mid-sentence until the siren passes. “It's like Iraq,” he says, injecting ironic humor into a somber conversation. During a trip to the United States last May, Al Hasnawi stopped in Chicago to speak with a group of experts who are investigating ways to use communications technologies and telemedicine to improve access to health care in Iraq.
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