An idea that goes a long way...

The idea of the Asia eHealth Information Network first sparked at the Health Information Systems Technical Workshop on Systems Design and Interoperability in 4-7 April 2011, Hoi An Viet Nam when enterprise architecture was discussed as an emerging need to organize components within eHealth implementations. Several months later, the interest of cross country learning and sharing take into effect as eHealth experts from six countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) who attended the Viet Nam meeting met together, again, for the Health Information Systems Forum – Country Ownership and Leadership Forum on 13-16 June 2011. During group discussions countries identified action plans to address challenges in building a fully-functional health information systems.

On 11 December 2011, seven months later, with the support from the World Health Organization – Western Pacific Regional Office and partners, these eHealth experts agreed to meet again in Bangkok, Thailand, to organize themselves as the Asia eHealth Information Network. Finally, on 7 August 2012, AeHIN was launch in its first general meeting with 93 participants coming from 19 countries in South and Southeast Asia. In this meeting, a draft strategy action plan was presented to members and 14 supporting development partners. Action plan for the next six months were drafted and online meetings were continued in a learning and sharing session webinar dubbed as the AeHIN Hour every 16:00 UTC/GMT+8.