Jembi Health Systems NPC team members, Dr Chris Seebregts and Carl Fourie, recently attended the Digital Health Conference in the Asia-Pacific and 5th AeHIN General Meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar as part of a delegation from the Open Health Information Exchange (OpenHIE). Dr Seebregts delivered a presentation entitled: MomConnect – Digital Health Architecture in Action as part of a breakout session on “Multi-sector Convergence in Support of Digital Health” and “Laying the Foundations for Digital Health”. The presentation dealt with successful architectures and approaches that Jembi has developed in South Africa and other African countries. Carl Fourie also presented implementation experiences during the OpenHIE Deep Dive Workshop.
A notable achievement of the workshop was the formation of an alliance of interoperability laboratories which came out of a meeting during the AeHIN Community of Interoperability Labs between the Philippines Software Interoperability Lab (SIL), the Jembi Health Architecture Lab (HeAL) and the Mohawk College mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) lab. The three labs will collaborate, in future, on the development of tools and methodologies for interoperability as well as sharing implementation experiences.
The AeHIN meeting was a valuable opportunity for the Jembi team to engage and review the work being done in South East Asia and to engage with new colleagues as well as catching up with old colleagues. The theme and “slogan” of the conference, “friends help friends”, is something that aligns well with Jembi’s aim and work on the African context and the projects that Jembi works in. We look forward to continuing the work we have started and possible opportunities that may arise from ongoing discussions.