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.
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- October 02, 2013
- Ousmane Ly
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.
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- September 18, 2013
- Tom Jones
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.
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- September 12, 2013
- Lesley Dobson
eHealth is about better outcomes at ICT4H Cape Town
Like two unruly children, eHealth, and its cousin mHealth, cannot stand still. It could be because they seem to exhibit Peter Pan characteristics, and never have much time to grow up before some unimagined innovation shifts the ground. Much of this is due to changing technology, such as the trend from mainframes, to PCs, to the Internet, smart phones, social media and the cloud. It also reflects a shift from an administrative emphasis to clinical and patient information over the last few years. Thankfully this year’s ICT4Health Conference has a similar focus with health outcomes in its sights.
There are four tracks:Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Infectious Diseases Strengthening the Health System Maturing the ICT environment.
There is a prize of ZAR10,000 too. The ICT4Health Innovation Platform is for innovators, researcher and students to launch their innovation. Successful applicants can showcase their technology at the conference, and one of them will be the lucky winner.
The event is on 11 and 12 September 2013 at the Medical Research Centre in Cape Town.
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- September 02, 2013
- Tom Jones
First home care conference for Nigeria
Better awareness of home care and bringing stakeholders together were the conference aims. Blue Torch Home Care, a Nigerian healthcare agency set up the conference in Enugu State.
Dr Oluka represented Dr Fidelia Ugwu Hon. Commissioner for Health Enugu State. His perspective is that home care is a tradition, and the need is changing as the social lives of Africans moves from rural to urban and a less extended family. It must also cope with ever-growing non-communicable diseases and chronic illness that do not need everlasting hospitalization.
The call from the conference is for stakeholders to take home care to the next level by consulting the agencies in the country to work together towards stable operational guidelines like in European, American and some African countries. This is a challenge to track over the coming months and years.
The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) published the proceedings.
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- August 13, 2013
- Tom Jones
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