Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – AeHIN hosted the ‘PRINCE (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) 2 Foundation and Practitioner Training’, through CC and C Solutions trainer Manikandan Mohanakrishnan, on 22-26 July 2019 at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral hotel. Special sessions on the openIMIS (Open Source Insurance Management Information System) and the DHA (Digital Health Atlas) were also organized along the sidelines of the training.

Thirty participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended the training and the side-meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

The PRINCE 2 training is part of ‘AeHIN’s Mind the GAPS (Governance, Architecture, People and Program Management, and Standards and Interoperability) Playbook’, which promotes capacity-building in IT Governance (COBIT5), enterprise architecture (TOGAF), program management (PRINCE2), and standards and interoperability (HL7/IHE).

As a leading project management method, PRINCE2 is being applied by many companies and government organizations to deliver change and to develop new products or services. It helps organizations better manage their projects by providing a universal language for defining goals, rationale, and benefits. It is grounded in interrelated principles, themes, and processes that enable proper management of accountabilities, responsibilities, and deliverables in a controlled project environment.

For the openIMIS side-session, Nirmal Dhakal of GIZ Nepal introduced the openIMIS initiative and shared Nepal’s story on how they implemented openIMIS for managing the national health insurance scheme. After the training, members of the openIMIS community of practice in Asia came up with a draft project plan for openIMIS implementation using PRINCE2 as a project management framework.

For the DHA side-session, Maeghan Orton of the World Health Organization introduced the DHA initiative as a platform to match existing digital health applications in a country with the corresponding health system challenge/s they can help address (via a specific digital functionality). Dr Chaminda Weerabaddana of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine also shared Sri Lanka’s journey in implementing DHA.

The overall training was supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation supports pioneering neuroscience research and explores the ways in which advances in information and technology can improve the quality of life on Earth.