Kenya is set to host the first ever eHealth conference in East Africa later this month in Naivasha from June 22-26.
Organizers said the conference will bring together key decision-makers and stakeholders from across medical, health, technology, governmental, corporate, financial, education and developmental sectors aimed at delivering rapid results in the journey towards the realization of functioning eHealth programs in the region.
The conference is an initiative of Kenya's Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with key stakeholders. The schedule should include plenary sessions and cluster-styled working groups, each focusing on key areas of the eHealth agenda.
The theme of the conference is Enhancing Universal Health Care through eHealth and is expected to draw over 500 delegates from East Africa and across the world, with another 5,000 participating through the interactive digital platforms.
Delano Kiilu, Conference Coordinator said: "This is an exciting time for this industry as we will be making eHealth a reality by syncing all the traditional elements of conferencing into our digital platforms.”
"The conference will immerse delegates in an atmosphere of the digital eHealth future that will be actualized as a reality in the form of actions and key deliverables as declared at the conclusion of the conference," Onesmus Kamau (head of e-health at MOH) added.
According to Anne Barsigo, Deputy Head of eHealth at the MOH, the ministry has launched a mobile app that will enable delegates to follow and participate in discussions in other clusters apart from the ones they'll be currently in.
To keep the conversation at the top of everyone's minds, we have also created an online radio channel dedicated to discussing eHealth issues as well as numerous social media platforms for open participation.
It is our goal that the realization of a vibrant eHealth sector will bring widespread benefits across the board, from provision of healthcare, ICT, employment and national economies at large,