About Us

History

The Asia eHealth Information Network has its root as early as 2007 when the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian federal Crown corporation formed the PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based eHealth Adoption and Application (PANACeA). PANACeA brought together 16 researchers from 10 Asian countries to learn about eHealth and eHealth research, and join hands to implement 8 multi-national research projects. This network supported multi-country research projects with mentorship from eHealth experts who provided leadership in the form of the Advisory and Monitoring Team (AMT). The projects ranged from evaluating effectiveness of using technologies for management of health information in hospital and community settings (Health Informatics and mHealth), to providing patient care at a distance (Telehealth).

By 2010 PANACeA members were able to witness an interoperability demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa funded by IDRC and Rockefeller Foundation. Future members of AeHIN saw for the first time how to establish an interoperability framework, based on the Canadian experience accessible to developing countries.

Purpose

The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) promotes better use of information communication technology (ICT) to achieve better health through peer-to-peer assistance and knowledge sharing and learning through a regional approach for greater country-level impacts across South and Southeast Asia.

Aim

AeHIN maintains that better health can be achieved by strengthening evidence-based policies and health systems through better quality and timely health information systems (HIS) and civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS).  AeHIN further asserts the role of ICT for health (eHealth) as an enabler to improve the flow of information, through electronic means, to support the delivery of quality and equitable healthcare services and management of health systems. To achieve this AeHIN works in four strategic areas to:

  • Enhance leadership, sustainable governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Increase peer assistance and knowledge exchange and sharing through effective networking. 

  • Promote standards and interoperability within and across countries.

  • Build capacity for eHealth, Health Information Systems (HIS), and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the countries and in the region.

Value statement

In order to achieve wellness, safety, a better quality of life and better equity in health among populations, we recognize the importance of trust, confidentiality, mutual respect, and community-building.  By employing proven (evidence-based) methods in promoting learning and innovation we will achieve efficiency and effectiveness in health services provision and education that will result in better quality of life.

Principles

AeHIN promotes four core principles for guiding its activities:

  • Work towards country ownership and leadership

  • Emphasize strategic reuse of eHealth and HIS investments

  • Implement open standards to promote interoperability

  • Promote openness through an open systems environment

Strategic Plan

The draft AeHIN Strategic Plan: 2012 - 2017 has four main strategic areas for action, including:

  • Enhance leadership, sustainable governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Increase peer assistance and knowledge exchange and sharing through effective networking.

  • Promote standards and interoperability within and across countries.

  • Build capacity for eHealth, Health Information Systems (HIS), and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the countries and in the region.

Membership

AeHIN aims to expand country level-impact through intra-country and cross-country sharing and collaboration.  The Network encourages membership among eHealth-related practitioners and organizations (government agencies, private and civil society organizations, development agencies) in the fields of health statistics, epidemiology, health/biomedical informatics, knowledge management, civil registration, health sector ICT project management, organisational development, and related disciplines to be part of AeHIN.

Membership of AeHIN is open and free of charge. Prospective members (individuals or organizations) should accomplish the template provided in the AeHIN website. Confirmation of membership will be done via email.  All countries in the South and Southeast Asia Region are encouraged to be part of the network.

Downloads

Get a copy of the AeHIN 2013 Leaflet by clicking any of the images below.

   

Contact Information


AeHIN Chair

Dr Boonchai Kijsanayotin
Health System Research Institute
National Health Building
88/39 Tiwanon 14 Road, 
Muang District
Nonthaburi, Thailand


AeHIN Executive Director

Dr Alvin Marcelo
Medical Informatics Unit
University of the Philippines Manila
547 Pedro Gil St., Ermita
Manila, Philippines


AeHIN Secretariat-Manila

Ms Kristin Chloe Pascual,
Ms Charisse Orjalo
 
National Telehealth Center National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

@UPMTelehealth (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)

secretariat@aehin.org (email)

 

AeHIN Secretariat-Bangkok

Ms Win Min Thit
Health System Research Institute
National Health Building
88/39 Tiwanon 14 Road, 
Muang District
Nonthaburi, Thailand

secretariat@aehin.org (email)

 

AeHIN with the interlocking hexagons is the trademark of the Asia eHealth Information Network Limited, a not-for-profit organization registered in Hong Kong and operating in the Asia-Pacific