AeHIN co-organizes panel in HIIG's 2019 International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Berlin, Germany -- AeHIN helped curate a panel for the International and interdisciplinary conference organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society at Festsaal, Humboldt Graduate School Berlin last April 29-30, 2019.

The conference was entitled The Future of eHealth: Social, Legal and Ethical Challenges. Its aim was to provide an overview on the current use of eHealth technologies and a platform to discuss challenges and solutions.

AeHIN and eHealth peer networks namely the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) and Red Americana de Cooperación en Salud Electrónica (RACSEL), together with the Federal Ministry of Health-Germany, have provided support by curating the panel on “International Perspectives on eHealth Policies.”

For more information about the conference, you may visit

Click here to read the proceedings written by the HIIG.

AeHIN, SIL-Asia co-organize 'AeHIN-Taiwan Smart Care and Health IT Collaboration Workshop'

Taipei, Taiwan - AeHIN and SIL-Asia co-organize the ‘AeHIN-Taiwan Smart Care and Health IT Collaboration Workshop’ together with lead organizers, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Research Center for Healthcare Industry Innovation, Taiwan Electronic Health Association, and the College of Health Technology on 25-26 March 2019.

About 20 participants from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand attended the collaborative workshop. The event served as an avenue for different countries to share the status of their national digital health initiatives.

It also focused on strengthening AeHIN’s Community of Interoperable Labs (COIL) to advocate for interoperable and standards-based healthcare systems in the region by forming in-country interoperability labs.

With this, the event also discussed two emerging domains within COIL - (1) Health Level Seven International - Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7-FHIR) and (2) Open Source  Insurance Management Information System (openIMIS). Opportunities on the application of these technologies in the community were explored during the workshop.

AeHIN hosts Fellowship Dinner with Participants of the WHO-hosted 'Meeting on Strengthening HIS for SDGs and UHC Monitoring in the Western Pacific Region'

MANILA, January 24, 2019 -- The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) hosted a friendly dinner with participants from the 'Meeting on Strengthening HIS for SDGs and UHC Monitoring in the Western Pacific Region' organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WHO-WPRO) in Manila last January 22 to 24, 2019. AeHIN Executive Director, Dr Alvin Marcelo invited various participants from the meeting to inform them about forthcoming AeHIN activities, and also consult on country needs for eHealth support. Countries represented during the fellowship dinner included Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. 

Of particular interest also is the cross-network knowledge sharing between AeHIN and the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN), a network based in the Pacific Islands which aims to support health outcomes and systems with the strengthening of quality and use of health information. The fellowship dinner paved the way for AeHIN and the leaders of PHIN to discuss possible network collaborations. It is noteworthy to mention that during the meeting, AeHIN and the Secretariat for the Pacific Community participated as official observers, where they have given regional insights on HIS implementation and monitoring based on lessons learned within their respective networks.

eHealth Bill - Philippines

AeHIN, FPF reaches a partnership agreement

From left to right: Ms. Léa Matel, Project Manager at  Fondation Pierre Fabre; Dr. Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Chair of the Asia eHealth Information Network; Mme Béatrice Garrette, Director General of Fondation Pierre Fabre and Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran of the AeHIN Governing Committee.

AeHIN and Foundation Pierre Fabre a public interest foundation based in Castres, France signed a partnership agreement on 8 October 2018 during the Conference on Interoperable Digital Health for Universal Health Coverage and sixth General Meeting of AeHIN, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Fondation Pierre Fabre was awarded charitable status in 1999 and has been working towards giving people in the Global South better access to medicines and quality care. The five areas of intervention which the Foundation is engaged are the training of drug specialists, combating sickle-cell anaemia, access to quality healthcare, eHealth and dermatology. As of 2018, the Foundation is operates across 17 countries in Africa, South-East Asia, Lebanon and Haiti.

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6th AeHIN GM Programme

Below is a copy of the 6th AeHIN GM Programme as of October 4. Updates may still be added.

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Save the Date - 6th AeHIN GM

For the sixth straight year, the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) together with the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka and other partners are hosting its general meeting and conference on interoperable digital health for UHC. AeHIN was created by the World Health Organization to support developing countries in their journey towards harnessing information and communications technology for healthcare. Over three hundred participants from government, academe, and private sector have pre-registered to the GM and it is anticipated that much discussion will dwell on the non-technical aspects of digital health such as governance, architecture, program management and standards. AeHIN posits that a well governed and clearly architected national ehealth program stimulates cross-industry collaboration which will enable solutions to scale to the needs of the country.

The Standards and Interoperability Lab for Asia is an spinoff of AeHIN and was created with support from the Asian Development Bank to provide technical assistance to countries who wish to craft specifications for that will allow various stakeholders to exchange health data securely. Sprining forth from the University of the Philippines Manila, SILA has expanded its scope to the Asian region and is now in discussion with several countries to setup in-country interoperability labs. Among these countries are Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Nepal. At the AeHIN GM, these countries will launch themselves as the Community of Interoperability Labs.

The AeHIN GM (October 7 to 9, 2018) is part of the Digital Health Week being organized by the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Medical Association. More information at

New Resource Material: Digital Health Terminology Guide (English-Khmer)

The guide is available in English, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Click here to download a copy.


UPM, AeHIN, ADB launch SIL-Asia

The University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila), in partnership with the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), launched the Standards and Interoperability Lab for Asia (SIL-Asia) last August 16, 2017 at the Philippine General Hospital.

SIL-Asia is a result of five years of advocacy of the AeHIN, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD0 to promote the use of health information technology (IT) standards and interoperability in Asian countries. Led by Dr. Alvin Marcelo and supported by ADB specialists, Dr. Eduardo Banzon and Dr. Susann Roth, SIL-Asia is composed of experts from UP Manila and UP Diliman (Philip Zuniga, Rose Ann Sale, Perlita Gasmen, Ruahden Dang-awan, and Dr. Raymond Francis Sarmiento).

Its first client is the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which is embarking on an ambitious computerization project. Other projects include connecting the RxBox to the electronic medical record of the Department of Health and the Navotas City Health Office Integrated Health Information System. SIL-Asia will be offering deep dive sessions on the last week of August until November 2017 and are in discussions with private sector partners to address their own interoperability needs. SIL-Asia's goal is to demonstrate how public-private interoperability can contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage. 

UP Manila Vice Chancellor for Research and Development and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz delivered the keynote on behalf of Chancellor Carmencita Padilla and welcomed the support of all the partners.

6th AeHIN Convergence Workshop Conducted in Nepal

Acting Health Secretary Dr. Binod Shrestha speaking during the Inaugural Session of eHealth Convergence and Planning Workshop

Kathmandu, Nepal –The Ministry of Health (Government of Nepal), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and other development partners organized an eHealth Convergence and Planning Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal last July 24 to 27.

The current and planned health information systems and eHealth solutions of Nepal were discussed during the workshop. Lessons learned and best practices of the country were synthesized. eHealth governance, policy, enterprise architecture framework, standardization and interoperability and program management related to the National eHealth Strategy of Nepal were also tackled. Priorities, key actions, and investments towards developing and managing more cost-effective, sustainable, and interoperable eHealth solutions, too, were identified to improve the health service delivery and strengthen health systems in the country. Stakeholders were brought together to optimize resources and adopt standards.

Nepalese government officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Communications, Department of Information Technology, Department of Civil Registration, National ID Management Center, Nepal Police, Institute of Medicine, and Kathmandu University attended the workshop. Development partners such as WHO, GIZ, AeHIN, UNICEF, DFID, USAID, and UNFPA also took part in the event. Dr. Alvin Marcelo (Philippines), Dr. Fazilah Allaudin (Malaysia), Mr. Jai Ganesh (India) and Ms. Win Min Thit (Myanmar) of the AeHIN leadership also participated as resource persons in the event.

The eHealth components (Leadership and Governance, Strategy and Investment, Services and Application, Standards and Interoperability, Infrastructure, Legislation, Policy and Compliance, and Workforce) from the WHO-ITU National eHealth Strategy Toolkit and the AeHIN GAPS Framework (Government, Architecture, Program Management, and Standards and Interoperability) were introduced in the workshop. The Nepal eHealth Roadmap and detailed action plans were proposed during the event.

This was the sixth convergence workshop that AeHIN has supported. Previous workshops were held in Myanmar (August 2015), Bhutan (June 2016), Indonesia (November 2016), Vietnam (February 2017) and Timor-Leste (April 2017).

UP-MIT-Stanford-AeHIN Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for Asia-Pacific

Participants of the Big Data for Health Conference pose for a photo before the start of the second day of breakout sessions.

Cebu, Philippines -- The University of the Philippines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the Asia eHealth Information Network held the “Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for the Asia-Pacific” last July 4-5 at Harolds Hotel, Cebu.

A renowned team of experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and technopreneurship graced the event to share the state-of-the-art in health data analytics.

Strategies and approaches to making health data work for improving health systems were discussed in the two-day conference.

The event was participated by over 70 attendees who were policy-makers, innovators, academics and business.

Slide presentations are now available at the conference website. Conference proceedings will be available soon. Check out the event photos here.

AeHIN, CHSI, WHO hold eHealth Workshop

Qingdao, China --- Ten AeHIN members from six countries participated in the AeHIN-CHSI-WHO Workshop on eHealth held at the Qingdao International Convention Center on May 18, 2017. This was the international preconference component of the China Health Information Technology Exchange Conference for 2017.

The participants were welcomed by Dr. Meng Qun, Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Information. Dr. Jun Gao from WHO WPRO provided the regional perspective and updates. AeHIN Chair Dr Boonchai Kijsanayotin shared AeHIN's Mind the GAPS framework and current efforts of the network to build capacity for national eHealth development in the areas of Governance, Architecture, Program management, Standards and Interoperability.

Dr. Xu su from Shanghai Municipal government started sharing the practice of the reform of medical system based on DRGs and Big data in Shanghai. Then AeHIN member countries shared the current state of eHealth plan, practices and projects from Myanmar (Dr Aye Aye Sein), Viet Nam (Dr Tran Tung), Malaysia (Dr Nor Azhariah Noordin), and Cambodia (Dr Ly Vichea Ravouth).

The afternoon session was spent consolidating the best practice and lessons learned from each country. AeHIN aims to put all of these in the Fill the GAPS catalog to allow countries to access each other's resources for better knowledge exchange. Ms Kirthi Ramesh (ADB) and Prof Siaw Teng-Liaw (WHO CC for eHeslth) lent their perspectives in the discussion.

Slides available at

AeHIN GAPS Framework introduced at Global Health Council Workshop

Washington, DC -- AeHIN Executive Director Dr. Alvin Marcelo attended the workshop conducted by the Global Health Council titled "Using Technology to Advance Global Health" last May 12.

The workshop was held to examine the use of technology to advance global and national health priorities in low- and middle-income countries.

In one of the sessions, Dr. Marcelo shared the successes and challenges of AeHIN and its GAPS Framework.

Read the transcript of Dr. Marcelo's part here:

You can also watch the whole workshop below:


Digital Health AP and AeHIN 5th General Meeting

Presentation slides are now available at #DigitalHealthAP

5th AeHIN General Meeting

We are pleased to inform you that AeHIN together with Ministry of Health and Sports, The Government of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and other development partners is organizing a Digital Health Conference and the 5th AeHIN General Meeting themed "Achieving the SDG's with ICT" from 06-10 March, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. 

The agenda, conference venue, pre-conference workshops, AeHIN business meeting and other details will follow in due course. Please mark your calendars and get ready to join us in Nay Pyi Taw.

MOH Vietnam hosts Convergence Workshop

MOH Vietnam delegates and AeHIN members pose for a photo at the Vietnam Convergence Workshop

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Ministry of Health Vietnam hosted a convergence workshop last February 13 to 15, 2017. Initiated by the General Department for Preventive Medicine, the workshop was supported by the Ministry of Health-Information Technology Department and other health departments of the MOH. As in previous convergence workshops facilitated by AeHIN in Myanmar, Bhutan, Indonesia, participants appreciate the need to work together in order to manage the complex requirements of a comprehensive and effective national health information system. The Vietnam convergence workshop was made possible with support from WHO, ADB, UNICEF, and other partners.

R International 2017 Workshop

R International 2017 Workshop: Advanced R Programming Language for Data Analysis and Statistical Applications

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Division of Bioinformatics and Data Management for Research, Department of Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, in cooperation with Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore is proud to host the international workshop on “Advanced R Programing Language for Data analysis and Statistical Application (R2017)”, which will be held in January 17-19, 2017 at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

The workshop offers advanced knowledge in R programing language for data analysis and statistical applications, including advanced commands and concepts in R to the participants. The topics cover an overview of multivariate regression (linear, log-linear, logistic, survival); multivariate data analysis (discriminant analysis, principal component analysis, cluster analysis); and Bayesian statistics and modeling, including Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). The participants will receive the certificate upon their completion of the workshop.

The workshop brings together a distinguished group of keynote speakers that includes Assoc. Prof. Teo Yik Ying, Kiesha Prem, and Koh Wee Ming from Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, and Asst. Prof. Alex R Cook from Science division, Yale NUS College, National University of Singapore.

We are looking forward to this exciting workshop with participants from around the world and hope that the workshop will be fruitful and memorable for the participants.

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Preparations on way for Vietnam Convergence Workshop

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Ministry of Health Vietnam General Department for Preventive Medicine (GDPM) hosted a team from AeHIN to discuss preparations for a Convergence meeting in the first quarter of 2017 last November 23.

The AeHIN team was composed of Dr. Alvin Marcelo, Jai Ganesh, Susann Roth, Rose Azcuna, and Honey Manzano. Together with them was Dr. Luong Chi Thanh from ADIt  and other officials who represented the MOH.

AeHIN facilitates convergence workshops intended to support MOH efforts to design and implement their national eHealth strategies. Convergence workshops tackle topics such as governance, enterprise architecture, standards and program management for successful eHealth in a county. Myanmar and Bhutan have already conducted their convergence workshops and.more countries are in the pipeline.

AeHIN members meet in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vietnam members of the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) met at the l'Opera Hilton last November 22, 2016. They renewed ties and discussed challenges and opportunities for eHealth in Vietnam. AeHIN members Alvin Marcelo (Philippines), Jai Ganesh (India), Susann Roth (ADB), Rose Azcuna (ADB), and Honey Manzano (ADB) shared recent development from convergence workshops in Myanmar and Bhutan.

Smart City Executive Workshop: Roadmap to Smart Cities in Hong Kong

AeHIN is supporting Smart City Consortium's upcoming executive workshop titled Roadmap to Smart Cities in Hong Kong to be held on November 23 at the VIP Hall, Phase 3, Hong Kong Science Park.

The concept of Smart City involves using ICT as a core consideration in urban planning and management. The goal of a Smart City is to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by all residents through using ICT to improve the efficiency of social services.

In this event, Dr. Clube Ng and Dr. Winne Tang of AeHIN will be representing the network.

For interested individuals, you may check their website at

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THIS publishes Health Information Standards

Thai Health Information Standards Development Center (THIS) has published a report on eHealth in Thailand: Interoperability and Health Information Standards.

The report provides fundamental knowledge of health information standards and interoperability and reviews the development, adoption and use of health data standards in Thailand.

It also contain the development of semantic standard, namely, Thai Medicines Terminology (TMT) and adoption of Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), which can supports administrative functions and also health information exchange for clinical and quality of care.

It is available online and can be downloaded in

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


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