eHealth Asia 2015

On October 13-14 the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) and Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), in cooperation with AeHIN and the Commonwealth Medical Association, will be holding eHealth Asia 2015 at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, Sri Lanka with the theme "ICT for Post 2015 Challenges." The conference aims to provide a common platform to share knowledge in all aspects of health and medical informatics implementations and ICT innovation adoption in healthcare.

eHealth Asia 2015 is almost here! If you cannot head to the venue, you can still join the conference via WebEx! Register through this links to catch the sessions on October 13-14: Day 1, Day 2

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AeHIN hosts first eHealth Roundtable Series: Updates on Privacy

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 8 SEPTEMBER 2015 – The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and the National eHealth Programme Management Office (PMO) in cooperation with the Philippine Heart Center held the first session of its eHealth Roundtable Series at the Philippine Heart Center.

The three organizations invited stakeholders from different sectors to discuss the current state of privacy in healthcare. Various conveners and eHealth implementers presented proposed approaches in promoting, maintaining and securing health data and their perspectives on where the health sector should be headed next.

Dr. Peter Sy from the University of the Philippines and chair of the Health Data Privacy Expert Group proposed privacy rules for healthcare facilities. He stressed that while there is already a Data Privacy Act of 2012, it still lacks implementing rules and regulations.

Coming up with a one-size-fits-all set of rules may not be sensitive to context; noting that "context is important in healthcare," said Sy. Then how can you come up with the rules?

"Solution should be balanced—a balance between general applicability and context," said Sy.

There should be a general set of rules serving as basis as the IRR and a specific set of rules used as template for the level of the health facility where Chief Information Officers (CIO) would come into marshall fashioning of such rules.

Areas of concern were also presented namely hiring, records management, and training and orientation.

In hiring, conflict of interest, relationship transparency, and privacy provision should be introduced in the terms of hiring. On records management, persons accessing files by downloading, transmitting, and archiving should be identified well. On training and orientation, everyone involved in the organization—from the highest positions down—should be well informed of their roles and responsibilities in securing health data.

Professionals from the health and IT sectors participated in the event as reactors and helped give perspectives.

It was agreed that identification of roles and responsibilities in implementing health privacy should be done from the top-level cascading down to the base level. Culture of privacy was also mentioned, stating that doctors, as leaders, should set an example by being more cautious in sharing information. For instance, telling a patient's case to an intern which can be heard by other patients.

Privacy and security were also differentiated and recommendations were raised. According to Mr. Dondi Mapa from the private IT sector, data should be treated like money—protect it against criminals and invest in security measures like standardized "clouds."

Mr. Al Alegre of the Foundation for Media Alternatives talked about the complexities of health information ecosystems, defined privacy, confidentiality, and security, and sensitivities. With the Administrative Order (AO) on National eHealth Privacy Guideline being processed, Alegre also mentioned that it should contain the processes, protocols, patient content, and access to data.

Mr. Dennis Batangan of the Ateneo de Manila University raised that there should be programs for local government units (LGU) where they can anchor their mandate to the AO.

Dr. Manzo of the Philippine Heart Center encouraged the conveners and stakeholders to continue their work even while waiting for their mandate; this way, things can move on while the AO is being processed. By the time it is processed, everything is already in place.

AeHIN 4th General Meeting and #MA4HealthAP Workshop

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On 26-29 October 2015, the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) will hold its 4th General Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. This year, AeHIN will focus on connecting global initiatives, such as the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals to country level programs, especially universal health coverage.

Together with the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Children's Fund and other partners, this four-day meeting is designed to leverage AeHIN's investments on eHealth capacity-building towards measurement and accountability for results in health (MA4Health).

This year's GM is made possible with the kind support of the Ministry of Health Indonesia, and the Forum Informatika Kesehatan Indonesia (FIKI).

The general meeting will highlight the importance of governance, enterprise architecture, and standards in helping countries build their national eHealth programs.

The conference will showcase frameworks, tools and solutions already being used in different member countries. Government officials and eHealth professionals can directly engage with core developers of registries (client, provider, facility, terminology services) that form the foundations of robust national health information systems. We will use the hashtags #UHCiCTenTools and #MA4HealthAP to demonstrate how these tools play crucial roles in the measurement and accountability for universal health coverage in the Asia-Pacific.

The workshop seeks to prepare groundwork for the Country Roadmap for Measurement and Accountability in anticipation of the SDGs to be released soon. In order to arrive at a set of proceedings that will be made available for countries as guide for their post-conference actions, 125-140 participants from 20 Asia-Pacific countries will be gathered join discussions, sessions, and fora to monitor and evaluate UHC and the role of ICT-enabled health information systems in health.

UHC gaining momentum with ICT investments

JUNE 2015, MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank in collaboration with the World Health Organization and AeHIN, released a policy brief that sets the backdrop on how information and communications technology (ICT) is becoming an enabler to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Peer-to-peer assistance platforms and communities of practice, such as the Asia eHealth Information Network, is recognized as a vehicle to accelerate progress towards UHC with ICT.  Following the ADB-AeHIN-WHO organized conference on Measuring and Achieving Universal Health Coverage with ICT in Asia Pacific: Making a business case for strategic ICT Investments for quality health care for all, a series of priority action points, tagged as the iCTen Steps, was released and has been included in the brief. These steps serve as a guide for countries to use ICT to improve UHC. Key points of the policy brief are available below.

Key Points

  • Obtaining universal health coverage (UHC) has been widely embraced in Asia and the Pacific. UHC is essential to inclusive growth, health security, and sustainable economic development. To achieve UHC, more resources have to be mobilized for the health sector, and they must be used more efficiently and effectively.
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) innovations in health—or eHealth— are key enablers for achieving and measuring UHC. ICT solutions empower patients and communities to engage at all levels of the health system, and can be transformative through each stage of every country’s health sector development.
  • ICT solutions have the potential to reduce healthcare costs to families, improve equitable access to quality services, efficiently link health systems with social protection programs, and increase accountability and sustainability in health service delivery.
  • Optimizing existing ICT infrastructure and making strategic new investments in eHealth solutions may accelerate UHC in terms of which people, what services and how much of the costs are to be covered.
  • There are significant opportunities, particularly in low resource environments, for timely and innovative use of ICT, but solutions must be harnessed strategically to deliver cheaper and faster UHC in the right context at the right time.
  • Applying lessons learned from experienced peers in the eHealth community of practice will help to rapidly implement solutions that work. The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) is proving to be a dynamic peerto-peer assistance platform to successfully progress towards UHC with ICT.
  • Measuring UHC with ICT-enabled monitoring systems can also enhance evidence based health policies and decision making with more reliable and sufficient data in formats and frequencies that ensure better health systems performance.

  • Access the policy brief HERE

    Sri Lanka rolls remote hospital appointment system

    28 MAY 2015, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - A hospital in Sri Lanka recently launched an out-patient doctor’s appointment system after the Ministry of Health forged ties with the country’s leading telecommunications provider. 

    Initially funded by the Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and supported by the Korean Foundation of International Health Care (KOFIH), Base Hospital Avissawella, embarked on another partnership with a telecommunications company, Mobitel, to install the mChanneling service.  

    This service will allow out patients to reserve an appointment with the hospital doctors via an automated interactive voice response (IVR) system or calling system.

    Visit of Professor Won Joo Hwang's and professor Hoon Kim's to ICTA. Dr Sumedha Panagoda (former medical supirintendent of Avissawella Base Hospital) and Mr Shriyananda Rathnayake ( Programme manager ICTA), Dr Pradeep Keerthimallawa and Dr Supun Mendis(former MOIC PCU)

    The announcement was made on the anniversary celebration of Base Hospital Avissawella’s Hospital Health Information System (HHIS), coming into full operation with the hospital’s outpatient department. Currently, HHIS has a recorded 100,000 patient’s demographic and clinical records stored.

    Dr Pradeep  Keerthimallawa of the Avissawella Base Hospital's E-Hospital Project team, said that plans are underway to connect laboratory analysis department to the network where mChanneling subscribes to. Along with project leaders Professors Won Joo Hwang and Hoon Kim form INJE University and KOFIH, it will be done once the ward module has been installed in the HHIS. 

    KOFIH and INJE University of South Korea Republics are among the project funders of HHIS with the Ministry of Health Srilanka and ICTA. Together, they shared that they plan to upgrade the hospital into a conceptual model for an eHospital which government hospitals in Sri Lanka can later adopt, once it is completed.


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