eHealthALIVE2016, the first conference of its kind dedicated to driving eHealth excellence in Southern Africa, has successfully kicked off at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Over the next two days, eHealth and healthcare speakers from across the SADC region are expected to share key insights and best practices on how to use health IT to transform and innovate healthcare on the African continent.

eHealthALIVE2016 is hosted in partnership with Acfee, eHealthNews and MEval-SIFSA, and many other additional sponsors including HISP, SAHIA, HealthEnabled and Mobenzi.

“We welcome all of our delegates to eHealthALIVE 2016 and acknowledge their commitment in taking on the challenge of improving healthcare,” said Editor at eHealthNews, Taryn Springhall.

“At eHealthNews we strive to be at the forefront of bringing together and informing eHealth leaders, industry and government. Now with the launch of eHealthALIVE2016, we hope to continue to play our part in initiating critical conversations, mobilising resources and overcoming the barriers to eHealth adoption,” continued Springhall.

Some event highlights over the next two days include key note addresses from influential speakers representing the South African National Department of Health (NDoH), the Praekelt Foundation, HISP-SA, among others. There will also be a number of insightful Roundtables covering topics such as the critical building blocks necessary to strengthen health systems; creating a supportive framework with national eHealth strategies; and the role of eHealth in driving and reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Attendees will also be given the opportunity to partake in parallel workshops today and tomorrow, where they can explore projects and issues facing eHealth implementation first-hand. The topics include MomConnectInteroperability, Big Data Analytics, IoT and Cloud, measurement and accountability, and DHIS use-cases from three countries.

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