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AeHIN holds Live Demonstration session in its 4th GM

The Conference on Measurement and Accountability for Universal Health Coverage for the Asia-Pacific (#MA4HealthAP) and 4th AeHIN General Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia last October 26 to 30, 2015. The programme was packed with several sessions ranging from panel discussions, to parallel presentations to a market place and a live interoperability demonstration.

Photos from the session

During the live demonstration session, three stories were presented that matched real-life situations faced by frontline health workers and program managers. The demo showed the benefits of interoperable systems specifically how data and information can flow across disparate systems. Four stations were prepared in the plenary hall; each with laptops connected to large TV screens showing various electronic medical records and mobile phone-based applications communicating through a standards-based interoperability layer.

The live demonstration focused on the maternal and child continuum where the following were featured:
  • flow of encounters at multiple points of service delivery (e.g., PHC to hospital setting)
  • good practices in longitudinal patient monitoring linkages with lab/pharma/billings and claims/other systems
  • tracking through unique IDs and registries
  • effective use of paper-based data collection forms related to interoperable ICT-enabled platforms
  • rolling up equity stratified data into routine HIS
  • integrating multiple data sources and using data standards to interoperate across systems
The session was led by Engr. Derek Ritz and Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran supported by a team from Mohawk College, Canada.

Annual Conference Held 26-30 October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia


The Conference on Measurement and Accountability for Universal Health Coverage in the Asia Pacific and AeHIN 4th General Meeting (hashtag: #MA4HealthAP) gathered state and non-state actors to discuss how they can improve health service delivery and measure health outcomes in the post-2015 development era.  Over 250 participants from more than 30 countries participated in MA4HealthAP in Bali, Indonesia from 26 to 30 October 2015.

The #MA4HealthAP and AeHIN 4th General Meeting built on previous AeHIN conferences that spurred interest in ICT-enabled change in health services and effective M&E systems to achieve UHC goals. The conference galvanized a multi-prong approach to better health care with stronger political will and unified multi-stakeholder engagement needed for operationalizing iCTen! practices (person-centric ICT-enhanced investments) underpinning better M&E and health information systems for evidence-based decision-making (country M&E and HIS roadmap investments).  Full information at the link above and the program-at-a-glance is HERE.

Special workshops followed the conference on 29-30 October 2015 to (1) address National Health ID development and implementation; (2) convene a special session of the Pacific Health Information Network; (3) form a AeHIN focus group on Routine Health Information Systems; and (4) launch the new AeHIN Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab.

HISSL, School of Engineering-Kathmandu University signs MOU

Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake, President, Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka and Prof. Rabindra Bista of the University of Kathmandu exchanging the MOU in the presence of Dr. Alvin Marcello, President, Asia eHealth Information Network

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka and School of Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal during the eHealth Asia 2015 conference held in Colombo, October 2015. The main objective of the agreement was to provide resources and technical assistance to establish a masters degree programme in health informatics in Kathmandu University.

Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka is a regional stakeholder in health informatics with its partnership with the Asia eHealth Information Network for eHealth Asia annual conference and Asian Journal of Health Informatics. It is also supporting the Masters in Biomedical Informatics course of Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka with its expertise in health informatics and digital health. 

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:

October 13
Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka
Plenary 1 / Launch of the ‘Commonwealth eVarsity’
Plenary 2 / Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka
Plenary 3
Round Table Discussion on "The Future of Digital Health in Sri Lanka

October 14
Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka
Plenary 4
Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka
Launch of e-Medical Center System / Plenary 5
Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka
Plenary 6 / MA4Health: 5 Point Call-to-Action


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Health System Research Institute
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