Message from the organizers
The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), together with the Ministry of Health and Sports (Myanmar), World Health Organization (WHO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (NORAD) and other development partners welcomes all participants to our Digital Health Conference and 5th AeHIN General Meeting 2017: Achieving the SDG’s with ICT at Nay Pyi Taw the capital city of Myanmar from March 6 to 10, 2017.
This conference brings together government, non-government, profit and non-profit private sector, and development partners, to promote inter-sectoral collaboration towards taking together to elevate their capacity to harness ICT in achieving the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 5th General Meeting will be an occasion to consolidate strengths in capacity already established by AeHIN (e.g. IT governance, enterprise architecture, interoperability labs) and direct them towards health SDG measurement and accountability readiness, regional interoperability, and country HIS and eHealth strengthening. The goal is to use the strength of the network to achieve these objectives and to maximize the peer-learning approach to capacity-building.
AeHIN was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012 to assist countries with their national eHealth development. Our members are composed of senior officers from Ministries of Health, Ministries of ICT, government health insurance agencies, academe, and non-government sectors. We started out as 7 individuals from 6 countries struggling to solve the interoperability problem (our common situation in 2011: there was no interoperability even within MOHs). Now we have grown to more than 900 from 25 countries. Since 2012, we have conducted our general meetings as a capacity-building strategy towards achieving interoperability. After a series of trainings and certifications, we are now adopting the following framework – it starts with an eHealth strategy that clarifies the governance, this governance mandates architecture, the architecture depicts the standards, and the standards are used by applications. Only then, can we have a chance at interoperability. Over the years, we have accumulated members who are certified in IT Governance (COBIT5), enterprise architecture (TOGAF), and standards (HL7).
We are looking forward to meeting with you in Nay Pyi Taw.
Dr. Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Chair