East Africa is on the move in eHealth. Daniel Murenzi, previously head of the ICT in Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, is now the eHealth and Informatics officer for the East African Community.
He held the Rwandan post for nearly six years, from 2008. During this time he led several important eHealth initiatives, including eHealth architecture and standards adoption, a community based information system using mobile phones for community health workers’ reporting, expanded Internet infrastructure to support eHealth data management, computerization of the National Healthcare Insurance Scheme, eLearning for nurses to upgrade them to second level and support in electronic medical records.
In his new role, Daniel will influence eHealth development in an important African region that includes a number of countries active in eHealth Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, and Tanzania. A four-year goal is to implement a common information management system for medicines registration and regulation in each EAC Partner States’ National Medicines Regulation Authorities (NMRA) which are linked in all partner states and EAC Secretariat.
He also aims to provide support for further expansion and regional integration on key issues such as standards and interoperability of different health systems.
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