As reported by eHealth News Africa (eHNA), a Centre for eHealth Excellence (CeHE) will open in Cape Town next year.

The first of its kind in Africa, the CeHE is a collaborative initiative between the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Facility of Health Sciences and tinTree – an international network of eHealth professionals using development skills and strategies to support eHealth.

The Centre plans  to train eHealth experts to support Africa’s growing eHealth investment. The Faculty’s Dean, Prof Wim de Villers, said that “the Centre will be driven by academic excellence and help to expand the pool of advanced eHealth skills, knowledge and solutions on the African continent.”

The CeHE is set to deal with eHealth innovation responsively, contribute to the global eHealth domain through credible research and publications, prepare medical graduates to practice in a technological environment and provide countries with analysis and tools to make informed, constructive choices between competing eHealth priorities.

There are also plans for the CeHE to be guided by an Advisory Board of eminent African health and technology leaders.

tinTree chairman, Dr Sean Broomhead, believes that the Centre’s role is vital to eHealth: “Good eHealth improves our experience of health, whether we receive care, provide care, or simply want to remain healthy. Getting eHealth right needs special skills. The Centre, together with its African partners, will build the capacity needed to expand eHealth’s positive impact for Africa.”

Plans are underway to develop an eHealth curriculum, courses, workshops and research programmes, as well as recruiting staff and students, securing sustainable finance and finalising the business plan and business case.

Discussions for the CeHE are still underway with key partners, and the official launch date is planned for 2015.

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