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  • Gamification and eHealth join on the Baltic Sea

    For eHealth enthusiasts making their plans for March 2018, how does a cruise on the Baltic sound? You can take in an international eHealth event while you’re there.

    Not to be outdone by the 22nd ISfTeH conference, a superb event I attended in Casablanca, Morocco in November 2017, the 23rd ISfTeH event’ll be held on a cruise ship travelling between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

    The theme for the conference is "Health communities facing cyber transformation". The event’s a collaboration between the Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth and the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth.

    ISfTeH has become known for innovative collaborations. The 2018 event will include eHealth2018 Game Jam organised by Games for Health Finland. Game Jam brings together healthcare professionals and game makers to create new ideas and ways to use eHealth technology and promote eHealth using gamification. The challenge’s to create a new solution in under 29 hours. Game jamming is a constant learning process for beginners and pros alike, inviting all skills to participate, whether you’re a programmer, designer or story teller. 

    Conference topics also include:

    Citizens as partners: disrupting healthcareCyber era in leadership and educationBenchmarking nationwide eHealth communitiesBeating Cancer with the help of cyber communityTackling acute crisis in local and distant environmentsCollaborating innovationsMy solutions: eHealth around the world.

    So whether it’s the Baltic Sea or the eHealth experts you’re most keen to see, the 23rd ISfTeH Conference sounds attractive. I hope to see you there.

  • AI’s on the move in healthcare

    Perhaps the biggest display so far of AI potential and enthusiasm was at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference. It’s role in healthcare was a core theme of applied research, as reported in The Economist. 

    Initiatives presented at NIPS 

    Australia’s Maxwell MRI combines MRI and deep learning to improve prostate cancer diagnosesJohannes Kepler University has an AI system to track cell proteins to identify underlying biologyNorth Carolina’s Duke University uses machine learning to use a pocket colposcope to find cervical cancer. 

    Mining EHRs and doctors’ notes to estimate unplanned readmissions is increasing too. Another application’s categorising and understanding children’s allergic reactions. AI algorithms identify the use and distribution of Naloxone, a drug to reverse effects of narcotic drug, treat pain and block the effects of opioids. 

    With AI marching on, it adds to Africa’s eHealth priority challenge. How can it invest simultaneously in mainstream eHealth and AI? There’s no easy answers.

  • Conférence internationale sur la télésanté et la télémédecine au Maroc

    Casablanca, la case blanche poumon économique du Maroc moderne, est célèbre pour beaucoup de choses, y compris la diversité architecturale des bâtiments (célèbre mosquée Hassan II), de l'art déco à la modernité traditionnelle. Cette semaine, c'est l'architecture numérique de la santé qui est à l’honneur. C'est là qu’à lieu la 22ème conférence internationale sur la télémédecine et la télésanté, qui débute aujourd'hui avec un vaste programme technique. Je suis heureux d'être présent, avec Dr Sean Broomhead, Président d'Acfee, et de nombreux collègues et amis de toute l'Afrique.

    Les objectifs de la conférence sont de présenter des expériences pratiques et des résultats de recherche dans le domaine des solutions de télémédecine et de télésanté, et de fournir aux professionnels de la santé, aux représentants de l'industrie, aux décideurs politiques, aux chercheurs et aux scientifiques et de nouveaux concepts et idées en télémédecine, en télésanté et en santé électronique.

    MeHealth 2017 réunit les membres de la Société marocaine de télémédecine et de télésanté (MSfTeH), de la Société internationale de télémédecine et de télésanté (IsTeH) et un large éventail d'autres institutions et organisations locales et internationales impliquées dans le développement et la mise en œuvre de la télémédecine.

    La conférence MeHealth 2017 de Casablanca, la 22ème conférence internationale de l’ISfTeH veut présenter des expériences pratiques et des résultats de recherche dans le domaine de la télémédecine et des solutions eHealth, et fournir des opportunités aux prestataires de soins, des représentants de l'industrie, des décideurs, des chercheurs et des scientifiques de se rencontrer et discuter des projets en cours, de la recherche et des nouveaux concepts et idées en télémédecine, en télésanté et en santé mentale.

    L'utilisation des technologies de télémédecine et de télésanté représente une réelle opportunité d'améliorer la qualité de vie des patients et de réduire les coûts de santé. Cependant, il fait face à d'importants défis liés à la propriété des données et à la vie privée des patients, à l'engagement du professionnel de santé, à l'adhésion du patient, à l'intégration dans les soins courants, aux aspects financiers et de remboursement.

    Les conférenciers comprennent des intervenants de classe mondiale comme:

    Prof. Francesco SicurelloDr. Najeeb Al ShorbajiPeter J. TonellatoM. Abdarrhman AnneDr. Zakiuddin AhmedLuis FalconProf. Maurice Mars

    Les sessions parallèles couvrent les thématiques suivantes:

    Santé numériqueTélémédecine en AfriqueGNU SantéInformation médicaleBioinformatique Casablanca est également célèbre pour le film de 1942 portant le même nom et son célèbre Rick's Café. Alors que le café original était sur un plateau de tournage hollywoodien, un entrepreneur marocain a depuis créé le véritable Rick's Café à Casablanca. Le restaurant est logé dans un grand bâtiment traditionnel marocain construit en 1930. Nous vous invitons à le découvrir.

  • eHealth and Telemedicine meeting kicks off in Morocco

    Casablanca, Morocco is famous for many things, including diverse building architecture, from Art Deco to modern. This week it’s a digital health architecture attraction. It is the venue for the 22nd International conference on Telemedicine and eHealth, which kicks off today with an extensive technical programme. I am happy to be attending, along with Acfee Director Dr Ousmane Ly and many colleagues and friends from across Africa.

    The goals of the conference are to present practical experiences and research results in the field of Telemedicine and eHealth solutions, and to provide opportunities for healthcare providers, industry representatives, policy makers, researchers and scientists to meet and share and discuss current projects, research, and new concepts and ideas in Telemedicine, Telehealth and m/eHealth.

    MeHealth 2017 brings together members of the Moroccan Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (MSfTeH), the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (IsTeH) and a wide range of other local and international institutions and organizations who are involved in Telemedicine/eHealth development and implementation.

    Speakers include:

    Prof. Francesco SicurelloDr. Najeeb Al ShorbajiPeter J. TonellatoMr. Abdarrhman AnneDr. Zakiuddin AhmedLuis FalconProf. Maurice Mars

    Satellite workshops cover:

    Digital HealthTelemedicine in AfricaGNU HealthMedical InformationNA Student Symposium BioinformaticsStartathon: Innovation in Telemedicine and eHealth. Casablanca is also famous for the 1942 film and its infamous Rick’s Café. While the original café was a Hollywood film set, an enterprising entrepreneur has since created a real Rick’s Café in Casablanca. The restaurant is housed in a traditional Moroccan grand mansion built in 1930. I look forward to checking it out. 
  • eHealthAFRO's African footprint expands

    Leaders were engaged, ideas were exchanged and participants joined the eHealth (r)evolution at the roundtable discussions. A key output is a list of priorities to take eHealth forward in the region. This will be shared in a conference report to be published later this month.

    Last week’s event made firm strides towards establishing eHealthAFRO as Africa’s premier platform for eHealth leadership stakeholder engagement. Two regions have confirmed their support for regular eHealthAFRO events:

    South Africa’s National Department of Health supports on-going annual eHealthAFRO Southern Africa eventsThe East African Community Secretariat will launch eHealthAFRO East Africa in Kigali, Rwanda in May 2018.

    eHealthAFRO 2017 introduced a refined approach that was welcomed by participants. It’s based on:

    Fewer, targeted keynote presentationsA diverse audience covering government, NGOs, private sector and academiaIntegrated daily academic journal clubsNumerous use-case presentations demonstrating practical achievementsMore opportunities for participant interaction.

    The eHealthAFRO website will carry event content from next week. In the meantime, you can explore the gallery of pictures. 

    eHealthAFRO 2018 is just around the corner. Will you be in Kigali or Johannesburg or both?

    #eHA2018

  • Four vital insights from eHealthAFRO 2017 day one

    Day one of eHealth AFRO 2017 dealt with regional and country eHealth strategies affecting UHC in African countries. Four important insights were offered: two are from Southern Africa, one from East Africa and one from West Africa.

    Mbulelo Cabuko, Director of Health Information at South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDOH) proposed that Africa should develop its own measurements of eHealth progress that provides more depth than WHO and the Global eHealth Observatory (GOE) can provide with the limitations of its eHealth surveys. These are constrained by the need to collect comparable global data. Africa needs to be able to delve into more detail. It also needs to understand its countries’ eHealth trends and trajectories. Developing this type of survey’s demanding, but it’s needed.

    Daniel Morenzi, East African Communities’ eHealth lead, described its regional ID project. Each citizen will have a Unique Personal Identifier (UPI), including biometric data. It’ll be used to access healthcare too. Eventually, with its integrated economies, each person’s UPI will be accepted by all six EAC members for education, migration, financial and health services. Three EAC countries are piloting the initiative, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

    Brigadier General (Retired) Dr Gerald Gwinji, Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary of Health, outlined his country’s philosophy that it must not fall behind in the expanding ICT world. eHealth’s seen as cost effective and supporting all six of the WHO pillars of healthcare strengthening:

    Service deliveryHealth workforceHealth information systemsAccess to essential medicinesFinancingLeadership and governance.

    Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General, Ghana Health Service, outlined core themes of his country’s NHI model. Operating since 2003, the NHI is overseen by the National Health Insurance Authority. Part of healthcare finance is raised by a 0.5% addition to the VAT rate. As healthcare demand rises, it’s suggested that this increases to 1.5%. Reimbursing hospital services relies on the Ghana Diagnosis Related Groups (GDRG). This requires a set of eHealth investments related to costing models.

    These four themes are only some of the insights shared on the first day of eHealthAFRO 2017. More will follow on eHNA and the live twitter feed @eHA2017.

  • Three days to go to eHealthAFRO 2017

    At 1pm Monday, 2 October, eHealthAFRO opens. The event integrates a range of contributions from across Africa to add to your knowledge of eHealth and its impact on healthcare transformation. Its interactive approach allows participants to influence regional eHealth. 

    The event will empower you to advance eHealth by showcasing proven strategies, best practice and real-world learning to realise measurable benefits for patients, communities, clinicians, and healthcare as a whole. The conference theme is “eHealth for UHC”.

    The opening by Ms Precious Malebona Matsoso, South Africa's Director General for Health, will give us her views on where eHealth’s heading, how it will transform health systems, and the challenges it faces to achieve this.

    The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA) will be there too. It is running the HISA academic journal club between tea and lunch each day.

    There’s a use case bazaar too, with over 30 presentations from a wide range of eHealth suppliers. It’s an excellent opportunity to see leading-edge eHealth in practice.

    The six roundtables are where participants will provide their views on eHealth priorities to help shape eHealth strategies.

    On Tuesday, I will present five Acfee awards for outstanding eHealth Leadership. More about that next week. We will be delighted to meet you there.

  • Influence regional eHealth strategy at eHealthAFRO 2017

    "To begin, begin,” said William Wordsworth. eHealth was in that position a few years ago, but not anymore. Now there are a myriad of initiatives exploring opportunities for changing our health systems for the better. A challenge is not how to start, but what to do next: which eHealth to invest in, who to encourage, and how to collaborate for maximum benefit from available resources.

    eHealthAFRO 2017 will tackle these questions by tapping into the combined knowledge of the few hundred eHealth and health systems experts congregating at Emperors Palace from 2-4 October. “Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction,” said C S Lewis. This is the game changing philosophy that eHealthAFRO is built upon.

    The conference’s plenary will be arranged in banquet style. Team-tables of eight will debate keynote presentations and academic papers to formulate one agreed action for each presentation. These actions will be collated and consolidated throughout the conference, culminating in a voting session on the final afternoon to rank priorities. An output of eHealthAFRO 2017 will be a list of priority actions that conference participants will take to help move Southern African eHealth forward. A summary report will be shared with Southern African ministries of health.

    Add you voice to Africa’s eHealth community at eHA2017.

    Get your tickets here.

  • Participants shape Africa’s eHealth opportunities at eHA2017’s use-case bazaar

    I have been inundated with questions about the eHA2017 use-case bazaar since I wrote about it two weeks ago. It’s one of the big attractions at this year’s conference. Participants get to talk about their solutions and test their ideas with the eHealth community.

    So, how does it work?

    The conference starts in plenary, banquet style, eight people per table. Your table is your team for the conference. You will explore eHealth’s breadth and depth together for two and half days, extract lessons from everything you hear and refine them into action items for yourself and your team, and recommendations for African ministries of health.

    Tuesday, after lunch, table-teams will journey through a selection of use-case presentations in one of three themed rooms, spending up to half an hour at each use-case station in the room. Presenters will invite comments and suggestions to take their ideas to the next level. This is no passive show-and-tell session. It’s an interactive forum in which participants will shape Africa’s eHealth opportunities together.  Wednesday afternoon is a repeat with a new set of use-cases.

    So, what can you explore?

    There are two emerging themes for the use-case bazaar; “eHealth apps, devices and mHealth initiatives at point of care and in people’s hands” and “eHealth systems, infrastructure and interoperability”.  Each of the three rooms will have a blend of these themes. Presenters include CSIR, Jembi, HISP, CIDER, SANAC, Mobenzi, Vula, TOPMSA, Praekelt, MomConnect, HST, University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology and more. Explore them on the eHA2017 website programme page.

    Participants are encouraged to explore use-cases that will benefit their eHealth journey, while use-cases have the opportunity to analyse their ideas and solutions through focused-group discussions with participants.

    eHA2017’s changed the conference game!

    Get your tickets here.

  • eHealthAFRO 2017 is interactive

    "Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people," said Steve Jobs. eHealth fits this perspective.

    eHealth's a high-risk endeavor, so collaboration’s an essential part of success. It’s at the heart of eHealthAFRO 2017. eHA2017 changes the conference game by making participants part of eHealth planning & decision making for Africa.

    Interactive sharing and eHealth wisdom track through all sessions. The core theme’s “eHealth for UHC”. UHC can’t be achieved without eHealth, and the eHealth it needs is sophisticated.

    eHealthAFRO isn’t like conventional conferences. Each keynote - the only conventional part of the programme - concludes with an interactive roundtable discussion, where each table of delegates debate what they heard from the keynote and agree one recommendation for priority action.

    There’s an eHealth Use-case Bazaar too, with a wide range of eHealth solutions to review. Use cases provide the latest value of eHealth projects.

    Whichever eHealth role you have, eHealthAFRO’s not to be missed. Get your tickets here.

    #eHA2017 #AreYouReady?