Interoperability is the ability of different information systems, devices and applications to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner to provide timely and seamless portability of information and optimize the health of individuals and populations globally.
This track will address the key elements in fostering an enabling environment for innovations in digital health through to scale up and widespread implementation, using examples of novel collaborations, national/ supranational policies, regulations and infrastructure. The track will also highlight:

  • Human Centered Design for Technologies in Health- In order for technologies to be well adapted it is critical to validate the design thinking process with the end-user – “designing with” vs “designing for”. This ensures that the technology is appropriate, acceptable and well adapted for the context within which it will be implemented and used.
  • Telecom Companies’ Role in Digital Health and innovations- When patients interact with the health system, information about their conditions, treatment and outcomes are captured at various appoints. However to build a complete patient profile or aggregate the data to build a population profile, the information has to be electronically “moved” from the source systems to “aggregation” points. The transport infrastructure is usually provided by telecommunications companies. This session seeks to explore the constraints, challenges, future direction for telecom companies to provide a secure “pipeline” on which this data moves and stored.
  • Ensuring linkages across East Africa- The data on/during provision of health services is usually “locked” within an organization and/or country within which the services are provided. Countries jealously protect their sovereignty by restricting the sharing of data both personal and population based across borders. This session seeks to “prod” what can be done to improve the sharing of data across borders to improve healthcare outcomes both at a personal and population level by researchers, governments, organizations while protecting the privacy, and confidentiality of the persons involved.