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  • Cyber-security conference in Kenya

    With cyber-security’s rampant rise up the list of ICT priorities, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) ICT Security Africa has its fourth summit and roundtable on 8 to 11 April in Mombasa, Kenya. MIS Training, the global ICT security training firm, is behind the initiative.

    The theme is Integrated Security to Protect Information and Technology Assets in Business and Government. The programme includes:

    Cyber Crime Africa Threat Landscape and Security Intelligence Information  Security Risk and Governance Africa ICT Security Africa Think Tank – Cyber Attack – Lessons Learnt and Experiences Shared on the Anatomy of a Security Breach: A Response Guide for Africa Big 3 – Cloud, Big Data, Social Networking Network and Application Security FinSec – Cyber Security for Banks Interactive Benchmarking Clinics – Developing Information Security Professionals in Africa ICT Security Africa Roundtable Digital Forensics and Investigations Clinic

    Registration is open and MIS Training’s secured site.

  • Northern lights, Southern glow

    Last week I was surrounded by ice and snow at the Arctic Light eHealth Conference (ALEC) in Kiruna, Sweden. This included a visit to the Ice Hotel, possibly one of the least African places on earth, renewable architecture in its purest form, rebuilt every autumn to melt down completely every spring. So, I was a little surprised when issues encountered daily in my African eHealth work – trust, privacy, organisational change, patient participation and leadership – were the hot topics at this eHealth conference in Europe’s icy arctic north.

    Of course I shouldn’t have been surprised. These are key topics for all eHealth initiatives, through the full decade-plus cycle from inception to full-scale implementation and ultimately reinvestment and renewal. When handled well, they are success criteria, as shown by tinTree’s economic evaluation model that analyses common success factors across 59 initiatives in 26 countries. They support progress of more conventional topics such as interoperability, affordability, security and regulatory readiness providing support or, when absent, stalling progress.

    “eHealth is possible!” said ALEC host Agneta Granström, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) e-He@lth Network President and County Commissioner of Norrbotten. “It does provide more comfort, safety and a better link with caregivers. Now we need regional decision-makers to keep this momentum and engage in dialogue both within their regions and at interregional and national level to roll out e-health.”

    ALEC welcomed a who’s-who of European eHealth enthusiasts, mixed with unique local flavour of a thriving mining town and proud Sami community. Participants agreed that ICT innovations have provided enormous opportunities so that technology is no longer the key issue. People are, and the way they organise themselves. “The key issue is trust” said Estonia’s president Toomas Hendrik Ilves in his opening address. “Improving Healthcare is not about technology but about how we use information”.

    AER President Hande Özsan Bozatli echoed the sentiment in a closing address appropriate for most African eHealth implementers. “E-health is not [only] about technology” she said, “but about empowering the patients and generating more social and territorial cohesion.” 

    This week I’m back under the African sun. It’s warm, of course. So is the sense that a number of African countries are on track, dealing with the important issues necessary to make progress and well positioned to share lessons learned with colleagues globally.

    Read more about ALEC on twitter #ALEC and #ALEC2014.

  • WoHIT 2014: Nice is nice in April

    April 2 to 4 is the Health Information and Management Systems Society Europe (HIMSS) World of Health IT (WoHIT) Conference in Nice. Some of the main themes are:

    eHealth with benefits: documenting clinical and financial returns

    Hospital 2.0: the next generation hospital Introducing the HIMSS Continuity Care Maturity Model (CCMM) Personalized Health: the real benefit of eHealth. The mHealth Summit Europe

    eHealth with benefits is a discussion on how to improve healthcare safety and quality for patients and the facility to access healthcare everywhere. With the emphasis on clinical and financial returns, it is difficult to see how these themes link up. Patients’ benefits include socio-economic factors, which are more than clinical or financial.

    The CCMM is a joint development by HIMSS and Nordic Hospitals. It includes ways to achieve interoperability in community health services.

  • Med-e-Tel 2014

    The diary dates for this year’s Med-e-Tel conference are 9 to 11 April. Luxemburg is the venue. Topics include telehealth for chronic disease management, telehealth service standards, telenursing, eLearning, open source in healthcare, eHealth in low resource settings and a symposium on global eHealth strategies.

    The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) organizes Med-e-Tel. More information is at info@medetel.eu.

  • Cyber security and data across mobiles top the priority list at AITEC

    Two dominant priorities for 2014 are cyber security and data transactions using mobiles. This is the view of the African Information Technology Exhibitions and Conferences’ (AITEC).

    AITEC points out that the African Union Convention on Cyber Security (AUCC) to be voted on in January, proposes “establishing a credible framework for cyber security in Africa through organisation of electronic transactions, protection of personal data, promotion of cyber security, e-governance and combating cybercrime.” The proposal has some critics.

    There are several AITEC conferences planned for 2014:

    Banking & Mobile Money Conferences in Lagos on 12-13 March, Accra on 9-10 July and Nairobi on 10-11 September. AITEC with Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Information Security East Africa conference in Nairobi on 8-9 May.

    Data demand is seen as continuing to exceed voice as Africa’s mobile connections multiply apace. Mobile banking, social media, VOIP and mobile broadcasting are combining to create large-scale bandwidth demands. Policy-makers and operators will explore opportunities for collaboration and shared infrastructure.

    eHealth initiatives need to take advantage of these themes.

  • Cyber security conference for Africa in Nairobi this year

    After the success of last years’ East Africa IT & Cyber Security Convention, which attracted more than 300 people, the event for heads of ICT and security will this year be hosted in Nairobi Kenya from 28 to- 29 November

    The conference theme is “Navigating Cyber Security Threats.” It emphasizes the increasing importance of ICT security in today’s world, and exposes the region and the ICT sector to the new and emerging threats and vulnerabilities. Cyber security is becoming an essential cost that outweighs the cost of attack. Even home users try to protect themselves from it.

    The conference brings together leading cyber and ICT security experts who will provide key insights into cyber security issues surrounding cyber networks, mobile, and IT infrastructures. Cyber-crime issues such as security and resilience are critical and need addressing rigorously. The event aims to enhance participants’ understanding of the current issues and comprehensive range of possible solutions.

    eHealth News Africa has reported extensively on the cyber threats and cyber security and is monitoring developments and incidents from global sources. It is encouraging to see the continuous support for the Convention.

  • CTO Forum set for Nigeria

    This year’s 11th annual CTO Forum 2013 will be hosted by the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission on behalf of the Nigerian Government in Abuja from the 7 – 9 October.

    The event is the official flagship of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and offers regional and international solutions for those in Commonwealth regions. The goal is set out in the forum’s “sharing knowledge, lessons learnt and key information about technological advances across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

    The forum brings together Ministers, Senior Officials, Regulators, Universal Service Fund Administrators, Operators and Vendors. The key speakers will be Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, the EVC of the NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah and Professor Tim Unwin, Secretary-General of the CTO.

    This year’s conference theme is, ‘Innovation through broadband’. It will provide critical updates and insight into infrastructure, security and application challenges. The program includes sessions and workshops focused on issues such as:

    Future networks and their Infrastructure development and enabling business Internet and cybersecurity and developing protocol and ensuring resilience Beyond social media, from likes to learning Cloud infrastructure development, security concerns and data management Broadband as an enabler for women, young people and entrepreneurs.

    These themes also have a place in eHealth for African countries.

  • African eHealth experts at the IT4UHC Conference

    Learning from other countries is always a good idea. The Information Technology for Universal Health Coverage Conference (IT4UHC), hosted by the Asian eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), wash support from the World Health Organization, GIZ, PhilHealth and KOICA, attracted several African eHealth experts. The conference was from the 27-29 September in Manila, Philippines.

    The conference addressed a wide range of topics for the effective use of ICT in support of universal health coverage. It drew on the knowledge of emerging, and soon to-be-developing social health insurance schemes, and leveraged the south-south approach to capacity building by sharing of experiences in Asia and Africa alike.

    African participants from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Mali were present, many of who are members of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). JLN is a unique practitioner-to-practitioner learning network connecting low- and middle-income countries to encourage and facilitate learning from one another’s successes and challenges of implementing UHC, jointly solve problems, and collectively produce and use new knowledge, tools, and innovative approaches to accelerate country progress and save time and effort on common challenges.

    IT4UHC’s aims are:

     Encouraging policy debate on implementing UHC strategies with ICT both internationally and nationally; promoting strategic thinking on using and building regional networks on ICT for UHC, capitalizing on existing ones such as AeHIN and the Joint Learning Network  Sharing regional experiences on planning, implementing, and operating ICT for social health insurance, including challenges faced and lessons learned during the different levels of envelopment Exploring needs, contributions and actions regionally for impact in countries to harmonize development and support.

    These are valuable goals for countries using and developing health insurance.

  • 57 is a famous number for Helina conference

    On 7 and 8 October, the Health Informatics in Africa, better known asHELINA, conference on evidence based informatics for eHealth Africa is in Eldorat, Kenya. There are 57 abstracts and papers accepted for presentation. The programme covers a wide range of eHealth themes. Even though Heinz now has more than 57 varieties, the number still sticks. HELINA’s importance to eHealth capacity and capability in Africa has a similar endurance and will become stronger as the demand for health informatics continues to expand.

    Registration is still open, and the fee is payable at the conference venue in US Dollars, Euros or Kenyan Shilling. Payments using a bank to bank transfer are needed before 26 September.

  • Renewed eHealth emphasis for Nigeria

    Today Nigerian Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu opens their eHealth summit in Lagos. The eHealth summit takes place during the 2013 West African Health (WAH) Conference and Exhibition. The meeting is geared towards brainstorming and strategizing the development of this growing sector.

    The conference aims to improve understanding of the current eHealth environment, from government and private sector perspectives, to “identify key opportunities and constraints in leveraging technology to improve health care delivery in the country”

    The conference is an opportunity for delegates to work together to come up with a proposal for eHealth in Nigeria that will ultimately be led by the private sector.

    International and local health and technology experts are expected to attend. According to Chief Executive Officer WAH, Dr. Wale Alabi, the forum should help to produce a strategic framework to strengthen the way hospitals and health systems are governed and administered in Nigeria.

    eHealth News Africa will report on conference outcomes.