Burkina Faso participates in a number of regional eHealth initiatives.
Burkina Faso eHealth began in 2004 with the adoption of the National Plan for information and communication infrastructure (NICI). This plan aims to remove all constraints that inhibit access to ICTs and to implement an appropriate environment for ICT development. It will launch the basics of cyber strategy e-health and social protection.
Burkina Faso is a member of Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT). Burkina launched RAFT activities in 2004 based on three main applications Telemedicine: teleconsultation and tele-expertise with the tool Ipath RAFT, tele-education and digital exchanges between different actors
Another network of the same type was born in the Indian project with the Pan African Union Network Africa.
The Government of Burkina Faso has undertaken extensive reforms to the Ministry of Health. As part of the implementation of national ICT policy and Health, eHealth cyber strategy is in its final stages. Units dealing with information and health statistics (DGISS) and the promotion of telemedicine (DTM) were created in 2009. The DTM conducted a national survey in July 2010 of 285 health professionals (38% were general practitioners) showing:
- 57% knew of the existence of eHealth in Burkina Faso
- 22% had practiced telemedicine
- 89% reported not having access to health information on time
- 72% expressed the need for distance education
- 45% did not have access to a computer at work
- 60% had no interconnection network at their place of job.
The survey identified 10 eHealth networks using VSAT to support HIV work, though all were suspended due to termination of funding.
An eHealth workshop held in July 2010 has identified priority areas:
- creation of an eHealth portal called "bubble"
- distance education (teaching and research)
- video conferencing system supporting radiology, pathology, dermatology,
- Digital environment exchange for expanded health professionals, patients,
associations working for the health of patients.
There are two portals for public health information: www.fasosanté.net and www.medouaga.net.
The International Institute for Communication’s (IICD) and Africa eHealth Solutions’ (AeHS) AfyaPro Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) is used in the country. An eHNA post summarise its plans for a new business model