Following the successful first day of eHealthALIVE2016, day two of the event further brought together healthcare specialists representing government, academia and the private sector to discuss how eHealth can be developed and implemented to address healthcare challenges across Africa.

Hosted in partnership with Acfee, eHealthNews and MEval-SIFSA, and many other additional sponsors including  HISP, SAHIA, HealthEnabled and Mobenzi, eHealthALIVE2016 is the first of its kind conference dedicated to driving eHealth excellence in Southern Africa.

eHealth and Informatics Lead East African Community, Daniel Murenzi, opened with a keynote address where he shared his experiences facilitating collaboration between the five East African Community (EAC) Ministries of Health.

The first Roundtable of the day brought together representatives from Ministries of Health from across Southern Africa where they reflected on the outcomes of day one. The panellists, consisting of Daniel Murenzi; Health Commissioner of Uganda, Dr Eddie Mukooyo; and Dr Sean Broomhead from Acfee offered their perspectives on the role of eHealth in supporting impact and accountability, particularly for driving and reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Prof Vajira Dissanayake, followed with a keynote address where he shared his experience in building eHealth capacity by spearheading the training of medical doctors and dentists in Biomedical Informatics and the impact it’s had on the health of Sri Lankans.

Before lunch attendees were given the opportunity to attend three parallel workshops where they were able to hone their knowledge and skillset in measurement and accountability, Big Data Analytics, IoT and Cloud, and Standards and Interoperability.

A Stakeholder Engagement Roundtable Q&A session brought eHealthALIVE2016 to a close, where participants were able to engage with a panel of health information systems leaders on key questions facing the development of eHealth in the region. Lessons learned from presentations during the conference were discussed, including eHealth opportunities for enhancing eHealth governance, measurement and health information systems performance, stakeholder collaboration, data use and data quality.

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