Happy New Year to everyone. Congratulations on your 2016 eHealth efforts. It's been quite a year, setting us up for an extraordinary African 2017.
Thank you for reading our stories of Africa’s eHealth development. They reflect a small part of our passion to explore and support eHealth’s role in securing better health for Africans. They showcase some of the exceptional work already underway through you and our international eHealth colleagues.
Acfee’s response will be delivered in the New Year. It will focus on bringing our five priorities to life in tangible ways that can help lead to healthier Africans.
1. eHealth strategy
Acfee’s research and support for African countries’ national eHealth strategies will expand. This includes a special focus on issues highlighted by the Acfee Advisory Board, including:
- Cloud computing: learn from global experiences of the challenges and opportunities and synthesise these for health ministries to review
- eHealth surveillance: explore the contribution of Acfee’s eHealth impact and benefits realisation research and expertise for HISP’s planned eHealth surveillance initiative in West Africa
- Architecture: finalise the commentary on eHealth architecture to fit expanding mHealth and social media for health ministries to review
- Interoperability (IOp): seek finance to establish Acfee technical working groups for IOp and support an IOp workshop on a use case and a development programme in an African country in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to set the process of use case development in Africa
2. eHealth governance
Acfee’s review of start-up measures for health ministries will be published in an eBook, leading on to sophisticated arrangements as reported on eHNA.
3. eHealth regulation
Acfee will continue to develop affordable, sustainable approaches to eHealth regulation for health ministries to review.
4. eHealth cyber-security
Acfee’s on-going review of global threats, initiatives and actions will be synthesised in an expanding eBook for health ministries to use to combat cyber-threats, as reported on eHNA.
5. eHealth impact
Acfee will continue to develop sophisticated impact models appropriate to Africa’s needs, to help health ministries to select good initiatives, monitor and evaluate them and promote positive socioeconomic impact.
The 2017 programme will include Acfee’s internal development, such as the internship programme to develop emerging professionals and future leaders and promote their contributions to eHealth’s advancement across Africa.
Engagement of partners is critical too, such as professional bodies, with an important step being to work with Africa’s Public Health Associations (PHA). Developing Acfee’s eHealth curriculum will advance too with collaboration with Health Information Systems Program (HISP) and selected African and international universities, including New York University, Monash South Africa and Rome Business School for Masters degrees for Africans.
Finally, Acfee’s two landmark events will continue, with the eHealthALIVE broad stakeholder forum planned to run in Southern Africa and the East African Community (EAC) in 2017. AEF meetings of Permanent Secretaries and other health leaders will follow these, to extract the lessons from the eHealthALIVE platform and channel them into decisions by ministries.
Acfee’s relationships with African health ministries are growing, as are our efforts to collaborate with like-minded partners to expand stakeholder engagement to advance African eHealth.
Our shared goal is healthier Africans, in 2017 and beyond.