6th AeHIN Convergence Workshop Conducted in Nepal

Acting Health Secretary Dr. Binod Shrestha speaking during the Inaugural Session of eHealth Convergence and Planning Workshop

Kathmandu, Nepal –The Ministry of Health (Government of Nepal), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and other development partners organized an eHealth Convergence and Planning Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal last July 24 to 27.

The current and planned health information systems and eHealth solutions of Nepal were discussed during the workshop. Lessons learned and best practices of the country were synthesized. eHealth governance, policy, enterprise architecture framework, standardization and interoperability and program management related to the National eHealth Strategy of Nepal were also tackled. Priorities, key actions, and investments towards developing and managing more cost-effective, sustainable, and interoperable eHealth solutions, too, were identified to improve the health service delivery and strengthen health systems in the country. Stakeholders were brought together to optimize resources and adopt standards.

Nepalese government officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Communications, Department of Information Technology, Department of Civil Registration, National ID Management Center, Nepal Police, Institute of Medicine, and Kathmandu University attended the workshop. Development partners such as WHO, GIZ, AeHIN, UNICEF, DFID, USAID, and UNFPA also took part in the event. Dr. Alvin Marcelo (Philippines), Dr. Fazilah Allaudin (Malaysia), Mr. Jai Ganesh (India) and Ms. Win Min Thit (Myanmar) of the AeHIN leadership also participated as resource persons in the event.

The eHealth components (Leadership and Governance, Strategy and Investment, Services and Application, Standards and Interoperability, Infrastructure, Legislation, Policy and Compliance, and Workforce) from the WHO-ITU National eHealth Strategy Toolkit and the AeHIN GAPS Framework (Government, Architecture, Program Management, and Standards and Interoperability) were introduced in the workshop. The Nepal eHealth Roadmap and detailed action plans were proposed during the event.

This was the sixth convergence workshop that AeHIN has supported. Previous workshops were held in Myanmar (August 2015), Bhutan (June 2016), Indonesia (November 2016), Vietnam (February 2017) and Timor-Leste (April 2017).

UPM, AeHIN, ADB launch SIL-Asia

The University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila), in partnership with the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), launched the Standards and Interoperability Lab for Asia (SIL-Asia) last August 16, 2017 at the Philippine General Hospital.

SIL-Asia is a result of five years of advocacy of the AeHIN, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD0 to promote the use of health information technology (IT) standards and interoperability in Asian countries. Led by Dr. Alvin Marcelo and supported by ADB specialists, Dr. Eduardo Banzon and Dr. Susann Roth, SIL-Asia is composed of experts from UP Manila and UP Diliman (Philip Zuniga, Rose Ann Sale, Perlita Gasmen, Ruahden Dang-awan, and Dr. Raymond Francis Sarmiento).

Its first client is the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which is embarking on an ambitious computerization project. Other projects include connecting the RxBox to the electronic medical record of the Department of Health and the Navotas City Health Office Integrated Health Information System. SIL-Asia will be offering deep dive sessions on the last week of August until November 2017 and are in discussions with private sector partners to address their own interoperability needs. SIL-Asia's goal is to demonstrate how public-private interoperability can contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage. 

UP Manila Vice Chancellor for Research and Development and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz delivered the keynote on behalf of Chancellor Carmencita Padilla and welcomed the support of all the partners.

UP-MIT-Stanford-AeHIN Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for Asia-Pacific

Participants of the Big Data for Health Conference pose for a photo before the start of the second day of breakout sessions.

Cebu, Philippines -- The University of the Philippines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the Asia eHealth Information Network held the “Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for the Asia-Pacific” last July 4-5 at Harolds Hotel, Cebu.

A renowned team of experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and technopreneurship graced the event to share the state-of-the-art in health data analytics.

Strategies and approaches to making health data work for improving health systems were discussed in the two-day conference.

The event was participated by over 70 attendees who were policy-makers, innovators, academics and business.

Slide presentations are now available at the conference website. Conference proceedings will be available soon. Check out the event photos here.

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