Most of you will know by now that today is eHealthNews’ last day. A number of you have been in touch to ask about what will happen to the content on the site. In short, the site will continue to be live online and we have no immediate plans to take it down. If that changes sometime in the future, we will be in touch.

I want to say thank you again for your messages of support over the last few weeks. It’s been a pleasure to serve as a news portal to such a vibrant industry and we appreciate your acknowledgement of our role in it. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to our advertisers and sponsors over the years. Without your support, we wouldn’t have made it this far.

One of the things I loved most about eHealthNews was the opportunity to speak to some of the most influential and forward thinking healthcare leaders in the country.  As we come to a close, we want to take a look back to acknowledge some of our favourites.

One of our most notable interviews was a one-on-one with the previous Head of Western Cape Health, Prof Househam before he stepped down. It was a great honour to hear him speak his mind and share his insights into how the department is utilising eHealth to achieve their population health goals.

We talked to the CEOs of the top medical aid schemes – Discovery Health and Metropolitan Health about how they are using digital health to impact the health service and the health of individuals. They play an important role in the adoption of eHealth and we’re optimistic that they will continue to demonstrate innovation across the healthcare sector going forward.

We also had the pleasure of interviewing then up and coming eHealth entrepreneurs who have since made a name for themselves across the continent, if not globally. Some of our favourite conversations include the CEO of RecoMed, and the founders of hearScreen, Vula Mobile and LifeQ.

It goes without saying that healthcare is nothing without doctors. We’ve talked to clinicians who are leading their colleagues and organisations through the cycles of innovation and continuous improvements. Dr Peter Raubenheimer, Dr Riaan Duvenage and Dr Rolene Wagner have all taken the time to speak to us about the digital and management tools they use to bring about transformation.

In all, it’s been a fantastic journey. eHealth has come a long way in this country in the last five years. We have every faith it will continue to be used as a means to open communication, bring people closer to services, encourage healthy behaviours, improve the quality of care and connect payers, providers and patients for good.

Wishing you all the very best for the future,

Taryn, eHealthNews Editor