AeHIN leaders highlighted the Mind the GAPS Framework in a panel at the 17th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo) last August 27 in Lyon, France.

Dr. Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Dr. Alvin Marcelo, Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran, and Dr. Anis Fuad led the panel called “Mind the GAPS: A Systematic Approach to Developing eHealth in Developing Countries” together with key AeHIN members Prof. Vajira Dissanayake, Dr. Portia Marcelo, Prof. Shinji Kobayashi, and Prof. Siaw Teng Liaw.

Technology has been continuously developing yet fragmentation and silos continued to persist in health information systems. To address these, AeHIN has committed to find solutions by learning and exchanging knowledge as well as collaborating with ministries of health, development partners, and peer networks.

The interventions made since the inception of AeHIN has led to the development of the Mind the GAPS framework. The framework encourages governments and other sectors to work on their governance, architecture, program management, and standards to enable and sustain health information systems interoperability.

AeHIN talked about its national Convergence Workshops that promote “people interoperability,” a critical aspect in implementing national strategic plans.

In the next five years, AeHIN will strengthen the network by forging stronger ties with peer networks like the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN) of the Pacific Island Countries, African Alliance for Digital Health Networks (AANDH), African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) from Africa as well as Red Americana de Cooperación en Salud Electrónica (RACSEL) and Central American Health Informatics Network (RECAINSA) from Americas.

AeHIN will also enhance peer-to-peer knowledge exchange through trainings and promoting co-creation of knowledge products and publications focusing on critical data analytics for SDG and UHC, blockchain architecture for PHR, Big Data of healthcare and AI applications in healthcare.

Available resources:

  • Identified GAPS in Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam
  • AeHIN: Dreaming Forward in the next five years
  • AeHIN: An eHealth Regional Collaboration Network
  • AeHIN’s role in support to eHealth Development in Indonesia