AeHIN - Detailed Programme

  • 07 Oct
    Day 1
  • 08 Oct
    Day 2
  • 09 Oct
    Day 3
  • Main Hall
  • Hall-B
  • Cedar
  • Ivy
7:45 - 8:30 AeHIN 101: An Introduction to AeHIN

8:30 - 12:00 A. Investing in Digital Health
Practical workshop with Tools to make Better Investment Decisions in National Digital Health Infrastructure (Lead: Susann Roth, Peter Drury, Tom Jones, Philip Christian Zuniga) +⋙

The workshop will equip participants with tools to map and plan investments required for building a digital health enterprise in a phased and sustainable approach. It will also familiarize participants with socio-economic benefit analysis, which helps to develop better business cases for digital health and ensure that health workers and patients benefit from these investments. The Standards and Interoperability Lab Asia (SIL-Asia) will facilitate the workshop. This will allow participants to learn about SIL-Asia resources and how to deploy them in the country context.


13:00 - 16:30 E. CRVS, Unique Identification Number, and the UHC: Role of Citizen Identity in HIS Interoperability
(Lead: Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Sam Mills, Carl Fourie) +⋙

Recent developments on civil registration and vital statistics are showing promise especially as they pertain to health information systems interoperability. In this session, experts from the Center of Excellence for CRVS (IDRC), UNICEF, World Bank, Thailand and Myanmar will share their experiences with digitizing their CRVS and the implementation.

8:30 - 12:00 B. Data Science for the SDGs and UHC
(Lead: Donna Medeiros, Lori Thorell, Raymond Sarmiento, Neal Myrick, Kate Wilson, Liara Tutina, Michael Brainbridge, Caren Althauser) +⋙

Data science is about transforming data sources into valuable insights, predictions and shared knowledge. This innovative field includes predictive analytics, standardization and terminology services, ICT foundational aspects, data integration and a critical focus on data use and quality. As this fascinating science continues to evolve, expertise in collecting, managing and visualizing data is required. With huge volumes of data being generated, governments and organizations can be deluged with data from various sources from population level to person-centric. Ministry leaders and partners have key decisions to make. Among them what specific technologies, processes, policies and human resources to invest in. Considerations of interoperability, ease of use, privacy and security are also central in planning. Consistent with AeHIN’s Mind the GAPS framework, this 6th GM leading edge session will highlight data centric solutions as investments in enterprise architecture and interoperability. How technology can be used to disrupt the current cycle of labor-intensive data management and reporting will be explored and case studies presented. Input will be gathered from session participants for a possible joint publication. A key outcome of the session will be the generation of a high level plan for a new Data Science collaborative for the Asia and Pacific to assist countries in achieving the SDGs and UHC.


13:00 - 16:30 F. DHIS2 Knowledge Exchange And Latest Updates
(Lead: Jorn Braa, John Lewis, Shurajit Dutta, Kavitha Viswanathan, Hong Anh Chu, Pragya Mathema, Muhammad Ziaul Hoque, Muhammad Abdul Hannan Khan, Ashish Kumar Saha, Samir Kanti Sarkar, Lwin Lwin Aung, Chansaly Phommavong, Pamod Amarakoon) +⋙

DHIS2 is a popular health management information system used by at least 12 Asian countries. This session allows countries to share experiences, latest development with DHIS2,  and how they can mutually support each other.

8:30 - 12:00 C. Open Insurance Management Information System (OpenIMIS) for YOU!
(Lead: Saurav Bhatarrai, Carl Leitner, Michael Stahl) +⋙

Last year at a Joint Learning Network’s session on Social Health Insurance, a large number of participants expressed their need and wishes for an ICT system to manage health insurance scheme. Thus was born OpenIMIS is now freely available with  resources to be released in 2019. This is a great opportunity for countries/scheme operators/development orgs who expressed interest to help create a requirements list for the future of OpenIMIS.


13:00 - 16:30 G. Health Data Collaborative Digital Health & Interoperability Global Goods Workshop
(Lead Facilitators: Adele Waugaman, William Weiss, Kristina Celentano; Global Goods Presenters: Carl Leitner, Patty Mechael, Steve Ollis, Maeghan Orton; Reactors: Teddy Berihun, Moses Busiga, Fazilah Shaik Allaudin, Razel Nikka Hao, Jai Ganesh, Anis Fuad, Anuruddha Indika Jagoda, and Nishan Siriwardena, Siaw Teng-Liaw, Olasupo Oyedeopo) +⋙

What tools are being used to support the maturity of country digital health systems? Where are there gaps where existing tools need to be refined, or new tools are needed? Join and contribute to this discussion facilitated by the Digital Health & Interoperability (DH&I) Working Group of theHealth Data Collaborative (HDC). The HDC is an inclusive partnership of international agencies, governments, philanthropies, donors and academics, with the common aim of improving health data. The DH&I Working Group of the HDC is a group of 170+ members working to: (1) optimize the meaningful use and reuse of health information technology in low and middle income countries to support achievement of SDGs through the implementation of foundational digital health infrastructures; (2) actively promote the development, use, and long-term support of digital health ‘global public goods’; and (3) increase, in a measurable way, the level and alignment of country and partner investments in support of the first two objectives. The discussion will: raise awareness of existing tools, gather input for their refinement, look for opportunities to facilitate cross-learning from various regional perspectives, and identify potential new areas of collaboration in tool development, refinement, and/or promotion. Reactors include representatives from governments, academia, regional networks, and regional development banks.  

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08:30 - 12:00 D. Innovations in Digital Health: Blockchain and Web Technologies
(Standards and Interoperability Lab Asia - Alvin Marcelo, Philip Christian Zuniga, Raymond Sarmiento, Rose Ann Zuniga, Joanne Mendoza, and Ada Cariaga; Taiwan eHealth Association - Chien-Yeh Hsu, and Hsiu-An Lee) +⋙

In this workshop, collaboration of two leading digital health innovation centers in AeHIN will be presented. SIL-Asia, the regional health interoperability lab powered by AeHIN and with support from ADB and PCRF, will present a deep-dive on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the leading draft standard in digital health messaging and communication, and a hands-on training on the HAPI FHIR server currently maintained by SIL-Asia. A discussion on Blockchain, particularly its application to health data, will follow. The Hsu Lab, currently housed at the National Taiwan University of Nursing and Health Sciences will then present their work on developing a Personal Health Record (PHR) application using Blockchain. After the discussions and the demonstration, a workshop on developing a FHIR profile for PHRs will be done with the attendees. Technical discussions will be also be conducted to help participants develop a practical understanding of FHIR, and how IHE profiles can be used to help countries in their journey towards interoperability. A short demo on blockchain-based PHR system will also be presented by the Taiwan eHealth Association.


13:00 - 16:30 H. Principles for Digital Development and Community of Interoperable Labs
(Digital Impact Alliance - Kate Wilson and Matt Haikin; Standards and Interoperability Lab Asia - Alvin Marcelo, Philip Christian Zuniga, Raymond Sarmiento, Rose Ann Zuniga, Joanne Mendoza, Ada Cariaga, Kristin Pascual, Jembi Health Systems - Carl Fourie) +⋙

With the advent of accessible digital technology more than a decade ago, international development organizations began seeking new ways of including digital tools in their programming for improved outcomes. These efforts were initially quite successful; significant advancements occurred in various sectors such as health and agriculture, more communities around the globe were connected, and underserved populations were reached in a way that had not been possible before. However, some digitally-enabled programs failed – and quite often that failure was for reasons that were both predictable and preventable. This workshop will introduce the participants to the Principles for Digital Development and how they can apply these to their own countries. During the second part of the meeting, the formation of the AeHIN Community of Interoperability Labs will be presented. SIL-Asia will present how interoperability labs can be organized and established with the guidance of the SIL-Asia co-creation Framework. This session will be open to all countries who are interested to set-up their own health interoperability lab

  • Main Hall
07:00 - 8:30 Registration

08:00 - 08:15 Guests Take Their Seats

08:15 - 08:20 Arrival of the Chief Guest

08:20 - 08:30 Introduction of the Chief Guest to the AeHIN Board and Working Council

08:30 - 08:35 Procession Enters the Hall

08:35 - 08:40 National Anthem

08:40 - 08:45 Traditional Lighting of the Oil Lamp

08:45 - 08:50 Welcome Address

Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake

President, Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka

Chairman, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health

Chairperson, Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics, University of Colombo

Sri Lanka

08:50 - 08:55 Address by the Chair of the Asia eHealth Information Network

Dr. Boonchai Kijsanayotin

Director, Thai Health Information Standards Development Center (THIS),

Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI), Thailand

08:55 - 09:00 Address by Dr. Anil Jasinghe

Director General of Health Services,

Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine,

Sri Lanka

09:00 - 09:10 Address by Dr Razia Pendes

World Health Organization Representative for Sri Lanka,

World Health Organisation

09:10 - 09:20 Address by Dr. Susann Roth

Principal Knowledge Sharing and Services Specialist,

Asian Development Bank

09:20 - 09:50 Address by the Chief Guest

Honorable Dr. Rajitha Senaratne

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

09:50 - 10:00 Vote of Thanks

Dr. Alvin Marcelo

Executive Director, Asia eHealth Information Network

Associate Professor of Surgery and Health Informatics, University of the Philippines Manila

Photo opportunity and break

10:30 - 11:15 Plenary 1
Reaping the Benefits of Governance, Architecture, Program Management, and Standards & Interoperability +⋙

Moderator: Alvin Marcelo

Malaysia (Fazilah Shaik Allaudin)

Myanmar (Nay Win Aung)

Bangladesh (Ashish Kumar Saha)

Sri Lanka (Anuruddha Indika Jagoda)

11:15 - 12:00 Plenary 2
Benefits of Digitally-capable Health Insurance +⋙

Moderator: Pura Angela Co

Philippines (Razel Nikka Hao)

Vietnam (Pham Than Dat)

Thailand (Polawat Witoolkollachit)

Thailand (Boonchai Kijsanayotin)

Japan (Shinji Kobayashi)

Taiwan (Marc Hsu)

Peru (Luis Obrego)

12:00 - 12:45 Plenary 3
Digital Health Benefits and Opportunities for Countries +⋙

Moderator: Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran

World Health Organization (Mark Landry)

Asian Development Bank (Susann Roth)

United Nations Children's Fund (Lori Thorell)

Fondation Pierre Fabre (Béatrice Garrette)

Digital Impact Alliance (Kate Wilson)

United States Agency for International Development (Bill Weiss)


14:00 - 16:45 Interoperability Marketplace
Countries and their partners present their interoperability projects. Presentations with support from their partners. +⋙

16:45 - 17:45 Business Meeting
Presenting the AeHIN 2018-2022 Strategic Implementation Plan

17:45 - 19:00 Side meetings
(DHIS2, Research, Routine Health Information System, Enabling the IP Environment, etc)

Evening Cocktails (No Dinner)

  • Main Hall
08:30 - 08:45 Recap of previous day

08:45 - 10:30 Interoperability Showcase by the Standards and Interoperability Lab for Asia (SIL-Asia)

Tea Break

11:00 - 13:00 OpenSpaces
A methodology where participants can discuss topics that are interesting to them

Lunch and AeHIN Side meeting with donors

14:00 - 14:45 Country Workshop
Planning for 2018-2020 - Continuing our Interoperability Journey (to be followed by gallery viewing)

Working Break

15:15 - 17:00 Meet the experts/Peer-to-peer Knowledge Exchange

17:00 Group picture: Network of Networks Together for Interoperability

17:10 Closing Ceremony

17:30 Adjourn

Dinner & Cultural Night (Opening of APAMI Conference)

Digital Health Week at a Glance

October 2018 Oak (Main Hall and Hall B) Cedar Ivy Ebony Atrium Oak (Hall C)
7 (Sunday)
AeHIN AeHIN AeHIN  AeHIN Conference Secretariat and Preview Room
8 (Monday)
AeHIN AeHIN IMIA Board Meeting
AeHIN AeHIN IMIA Board Meeting IMIA meeting
9 (Tuesday)
AeHIN IMIA GA Conference Secretariat and Preview Room DHExpo
APAMI – Inauguration
10 (Wednesday)
11 (Thursday)
APAMI APAMI GT WHO Meeting CMA Award – Judging DHExpo
APAMI APAMI GT WHO Meeting CMA Award – Judging DHExpo
 APAMI – International Dinner
12 (Friday)
CMA DHC Digital Health Sri Lanka Digital Health Sri Lanka DHExpo
CMA DHC Digital Health Sri Lanka Digital Health Sri Lanka DHExpo
CMA – Awards