Bhutan eHealth Action Plan Workshop

Speakers and Participants at Bhutan eHealth Action Plan Workshop

Paro, Bhutan–The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), Ministry of Health (Royal Government of Bhutan), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF),MEASURE Evaluation and other development partners co-organized the Bhutan eHealth Action Plan Workshop: Weaving Health and Happiness with ICT with funding support from the World Health Organization (WHO).

It was held at the Khangkhu Resort, Paro, Bhutan on 21-23 June 2016. It engaged Bhutanese government officials from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Communications, other relevant government organisations and eHealth solution providers such as Thoughtworks, RingMD and MedCube. Altogether approximately 70 participants participated in 3-day workshop and brainstorming sessions.

The groups were formed based on the eHealth components from WHO-ITU National eHealth Strategy Toolkit : I) Leadership and Governance, Strategy and Investment, II) Legislation, policy and compliance III) Infrastructure, Standards and Interoperability and Services and applications, IV) HIS and eHealth Workforce. Challenges were identified and short-term and long-term action plans were proposed during the workshop.

The workshop objectives were to review current and planned health information systems and e-Health solutions, to identify priorities, key actions, and investments towards developing more cost-effective, sustainable, interoperable e-Health solutions and to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of e-Health governance, policy, enterprise architecture framework, standardization and interoperability, capacity development and program management, and how these relate to the national eHealth strategy.

Workshop Outcomes 

  • eHealth is important for realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and achieve goal of nation with best health
  • Bhutan eHealth Strengthening Roadmap for the remaining 5 Years Plan period was identified.
  • Priority activities within 7 National eHealth Components were identified.

Presentations are available here.

AeHIN joins PHIN meeting

Participants of the PHIN Meeting "Strengthening Health Information System in the Pacific 2016

Nadi, Fiji--The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) was invited by the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN) to participate in their meeting "Strengthening Health Information Systems in the Pacific." The meeting, attended by representatives from the 19 Pacific Islands, was held in Hotel Tanoa from 29 May to 01 June, 2016.

Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran, AeHIN working council member from India, represented AeHIN in the above-mentioned meeting as speaker on the topic "National eHealth Capacity Roadmap – implementation opportunities and challenges". Mr. Udayasankaran also participated in the group work involving participants from Pacific Island Countries and the business meeting convened by PHIN wherein he shared about how AeHIN and PHIN as peer partner networks can support each other in the areas of mutual synergies.

Back in October 2015, AeHIN and PHIN had signed an MoU to work together as peer partners during the 4th General Meeting held in Bali, Indonesia.

AeHIN Members Complete Tableau Data Fellowship Level 1

The Tableau Foundation in partnership with the Asia eHealth Information Network organized a series of virtual classes on data visualization and the power of data for decision-making. For five Saturdays from April 16 to May 14, expert Tableau trainers in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-Manila, a member of AeHIN's Community of Interoperability Labs (COIL), delivered a world-class data visualization training. Participating AeHIN members who completed the program received a free 2-year term Tableau Desktop Professional license to support the training and facilitate the use of data visualization among AeHIN members. The AeHIN COIL is composed of Labs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

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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 (skype) (email)


AeHIN Secretariat-Bangkok

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


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