The Global Digital Health Network convened the April monthly meeting with a focus on the impact and efficiency of national digital health information systems, highlighting lessons from Kenya and Ethiopia.
This webinar took an in-depth look at these opportunities and challenges, focused on recent initiatives in Ethiopia and Kenya. In Ethiopia, the Ministry of Health has a clear digital health strategy and has begun constructing components reaching out to communities. World Vision, together with HOPS Healthcare, has piloted a mobile telemedicine kit that includes integrated medical devices such as blood pressure and ultrasound to improve access to prenatal screening for pregnant women in remote communities. The platform allowed for remote mentoring and oversight of midwives from gynecologists and radiologists from the University of Bahir Dar Hospital – a valuable feature when the COVID-19 pandemic introduced significant mobility restrictions. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to improved referral and management of high-risk pregnancies in Ethiopia. World Vision is now partnering with Philips and the Ethiopia MOH to integrate best practices from the two pilot projects within the current MOH digital framework. This includes tackling issues around system interoperability and sustainability.
Moderator: Abena Thomas, MEAL Lead World Vision/Canada
- Anteneh Kinfe, Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS) Expert Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia
- Dr Mulat Adefris Adefris, MNCH Department Advisor to Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia
- Belay Haffa, MNCH Tech Specialist World Vision Ethiopia
- Melani O’Leary, Health Technical Specialist World Vision/Canada
- Ties Kroezen, Venture leader Connected Primary Care Solutions, Philips