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Advancing the 2030 Agenda through openIMIS

The openIMIS initiative works to include excluded populations into social (health) protection schemes by improving the schemes’ data and information management capacities through openIMIS.

openIMIS is the first open-source software for the linking of beneficiary, provider and payer data.

It benefits the management of the social health protection system by optimizing process flows, promoting transparency, enhancing financial management, and providing a means for beneficiary identification and tracking.

openIMIS Community of Practice in Asia

As part of this initiative, AeHIN is leading the formation of an openIMIS Community of Practice (CoP) in Asia.

This community engages with ministries, health education institutions, medical student associations, interoperability labs, and related groups to explore possible use cases for openIMIS implementation in Asia, particularly in the academic setting.

To support the application of ICT solutions for social health protection, the openIMIS CoP in Asia works on contextualizing capacity-building strategies and supplementary knowledge materials with the specific needs of countries.

These insights are also expected to refine knowledge products on ICT solutions for social (health) protection at the global level.

openIMIS ToT Workshop in Manila

In the Philippines, openIMIS will be used as a tool to learn about health insurance at the clinical skills lab.

On September 12, the openIMIS Country Hub Philippines will conduct its first openIMIS Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshop with the University of the Philippines Manila.

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AeHIN hosts ‘PRINCE 2 Training’ with Side Sessions on openIMIS and WHO Digital Health Atlas (DHA) in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - AeHIN hosted the ‘PRINCE (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) 2 Foundation and Practitioner Training’, through CC and C Solutions trainer Manikandan Mohanakrishnan, on 22-26 July 2019 at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral hotel. Special sessions on the openIMIS (Open Source Insurance Management Information System) and the DHA (Digital Health Atlas) were also organized along the sidelines of the training.

Thirty participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended the training and the side-meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

The PRINCE 2 training is part of ‘AeHIN's Mind the GAPS (Governance, Architecture, People and Program Management, and Standards and Interoperability) Playbook’, which promotes capacity-building in IT Governance (COBIT5), enterprise architecture (TOGAF), program management (PRINCE2), and standards and interoperability (HL7/IHE). 

As a leading project management method, PRINCE2 is being applied by many companies and government organizations to deliver change and to develop new products or services. It helps organizations better manage their projects by providing a universal language for defining goals, rationale, and benefits. It is grounded in interrelated principles, themes, and processes that enable proper management of accountabilities, responsibilities, and deliverables in a controlled project environment.

For the openIMIS side-session, Nirmal Dhakal of GIZ Nepal introduced the openIMIS initiative and shared Nepal’s story on how they implemented openIMIS for managing the national health insurance scheme. After the training, members of the openIMIS community of practice in Asia came up with a draft project plan for openIMIS implementation using PRINCE2 as a project management framework.

For the DHA side-session, Maeghan Orton of the World Health Organization introduced the DHA initiative as a platform to match existing digital health applications in a country with the corresponding health system challenge/s they can help address (via a specific digital functionality). Dr Chaminda Weerabaddana of the Sri Lanka Minsitry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine also shared Sri Lanka’s journey in implementing DHA.

The overall training was supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation supports pioneering neuroscience research and explores the ways in which advances in information and technology can improve the quality of life on Earth.

AeHIN co-organizes panel in HIIG's 2019 International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Berlin, Germany -- AeHIN helped curate a panel for the International and interdisciplinary conference organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society at Festsaal, Humboldt Graduate School Berlin last April 29-30, 2019.

The conference was entitled The Future of eHealth: Social, Legal and Ethical Challenges. Its aim was to provide an overview on the current use of eHealth technologies and a platform to discuss challenges and solutions.

AeHIN and eHealth peer networks namely the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) and Red Americana de Cooperación en Salud Electrónica (RACSEL), together with the Federal Ministry of Health-Germany, have provided support by curating the panel on “International Perspectives on eHealth Policies.”

For more information about the conference, you may visit https://www.hiig.de/events/ehealth2019/

Click here to read the proceedings written by the HIIG.

AeHIN, SIL-Asia co-organize 'AeHIN-Taiwan Smart Care and Health IT Collaboration Workshop'

Taipei, Taiwan - AeHIN and SIL-Asia co-organize the ‘AeHIN-Taiwan Smart Care and Health IT Collaboration Workshop’ together with lead organizers, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Research Center for Healthcare Industry Innovation, Taiwan Electronic Health Association, and the College of Health Technology on 25-26 March 2019.

About 20 participants from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand attended the collaborative workshop. The event served as an avenue for different countries to share the status of their national digital health initiatives.

It also focused on strengthening AeHIN’s Community of Interoperable Labs (COIL) to advocate for interoperable and standards-based healthcare systems in the region by forming in-country interoperability labs.

With this, the event also discussed two emerging domains within COIL - (1) Health Level Seven International - Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7-FHIR) and (2) Open Source  Insurance Management Information System (openIMIS). Opportunities on the application of these technologies in the community were explored during the workshop.

AeHIN hosts Fellowship Dinner with Participants of the WHO-hosted 'Meeting on Strengthening HIS for SDGs and UHC Monitoring in the Western Pacific Region'

MANILA, January 24, 2019 -- The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) hosted a friendly dinner with participants from the 'Meeting on Strengthening HIS for SDGs and UHC Monitoring in the Western Pacific Region' organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WHO-WPRO) in Manila last January 22 to 24, 2019. AeHIN Executive Director, Dr Alvin Marcelo invited various participants from the meeting to inform them about forthcoming AeHIN activities, and also consult on country needs for eHealth support. Countries represented during the fellowship dinner included Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. 

Of particular interest also is the cross-network knowledge sharing between AeHIN and the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN), a network based in the Pacific Islands which aims to support health outcomes and systems with the strengthening of quality and use of health information. The fellowship dinner paved the way for AeHIN and the leaders of PHIN to discuss possible network collaborations. It is noteworthy to mention that during the meeting, AeHIN and the Secretariat for the Pacific Community participated as official observers, where they have given regional insights on HIS implementation and monitoring based on lessons learned within their respective networks.

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Dr Boonchai Kijsanayotin
Health System Research Institute
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Dr Alvin Marcelo
Medical Informatics Unit
University of the Philippines Manila
547 Pedro Gil St., Ermita
Manila, Philippines

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Ms Kristin Chloe Pascual,
Ms Charisse Orjalo


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