Join the Global Digital Health Network on October 21 from 9:30 - 11:30 am for our monthly meeting featuring a discussion and expert presentations on Health Information System Interoperability.

Interoperability is one of the hottest topics in global digital health.  With the growing awareness of the need to link systems such as an HMIS, LMIS and HRIS, subtopics such as master facility lists, data warehousing and an enterprise architecture are common speak to many strengthening health information systems.  Many working in this space acknowledge that “interoperating” the stakeholders is just as important as connecting the technology.  The need for stakeholder engagment and consensus building, many times as part of an eHealth strategy, are essential to effective interoperable systems.  

Our featured presenters this month have a wide range of experience facilitating and supporting interoperability of health information systems.  Join us as they share their experiences about this growing and relevant area of digital health.  Speaking this month are:

Mike Edwards, Senior Informatics Advisor from JSI, will kick off the meeting providing an overview of interoperability today.  Mike will also highlight some of the rich discussions from the recent RHINO (Routine Health Information Network) discussion forum on interoperability.

Apollo Temu, Deputy Director of the BID Initiative, Tanzania at PATH, will highlight the work done through the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative and how interoperability has played an important role in this activity.  

Steven Wanyee, a regional health informatics consultant who has worked with the WHO, IntraHealth, RTI and others, will discuss HIS interoperability in Kenya and Sierra Leone.  Based on his experiences, he will delve into how the two countries have planned to implement HIS interoperability including policy and legal approaches taken by the respective governments.  Looking forward, he will highlight what both countries have planned for the future.

Eileen Reynolds, Senior Project Manager at RTI International, will present on work through the Global Health Security Agenda Cooperative Agreement funded by CDC to strengthen the disease surveillance information system in Guinea. As Guinea implements DHIS 2, RTI, the MOH and other partners are working to build on DHIS 2 to enable it to be used for surveillence of priority diseases and events.  Eileen will discuss challenges and opportunities observes since RTI began these activities in Guinea last year.  

Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person, or as a remote participate using Adobe Connect.You may also dial in for audio only participation via free conference line: 888.651.5908 (code: 7373047).

Please note this will be the last monthly meeting of 2016.  We look forward to seeing you here and at the Global Digital Health Forum in December!



REGISTER NOW for the Global Digital Health Forum: Harnessing Digital Health Innovations

The third annual Global Digital Health Forum (formerly the Global mHealth Forum), focusing on digital and connected health in low and middle income countries (LMICs), will convene December 13-14, co-located with the 2016 Connected Health Conference at the Gaylord Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland just across from Washington, DC. 

The forum brings together public and private sector organizations to share the latest evidence, experiences, and lessons learned on new applications and approaches in digital health. This two-day event is presented by the Personal Connected Health Alliance in partnership with the Global Digital Health Network and USAID.

The Global Digital Health Forum attracts a diverse group of program managers, implementers, policy makers, mobile and technology providers, and private and public sector health providers, as well as entrepreneurs, investors, funders and researchers working in LMICs. The objectives of the Forum are to enhance the capacity of governments, donors, civil society, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to design, implement, and evaluate digital health initiatives in LMICs; and, to provide a space for global health stakeholders working in LMICs to network and share knowledge.

Join the Forum to engage in interactive sessions with digital health experts from around the world.  Meet with stakeholders to explore emerging trends and state of the art digital health tools for LMICs.  Be part of the conversation to network and share experiences with NGOs, social entrepreneurs, donors, local governments and civil society. 


Good reads:

"Planning for an interactive and engaging event" - a blog from Amanda BenDor, Co-Chair

"It Takes More Than Money: The Non-Financial Factors in Sustainability" - a blog from our July Deep Dive.