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.
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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Dr Alvin Marcelo
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