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.
The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) sees a region that promotes better use of information communication technology (ICT) to achieve better health through peer-to-peer assistance and knowledge sharing and learning through a regional approach for greater country-level impacts across South and Southeast Asia.
In order to achieve wellness, safety, a better quality of life and better equity in health among populations, we recognize the importance of trust, confidentiality, mutual respect, and community-building. By employing proven (evidence-based) methods in promoting learning and innovation we will achieve efficiency and effectiveness in health services provision and education that will result in better quality of life.
AeHIN promotes four core principles for guiding its activities:
The Regional eHealth Strategic Plan (ReHSP), affirmed at the first AeHIN General Meeting in Bangkok August 2012, was designed to guide member countries towards a systematic and rational approach to building reliable country health information systems (HIS) with the goal of improving the health outcomes of their citizens.
This document provides a logical framework for organizing country activities that will support eHealth and HIS development and subsequently, in the region. A key principle of AeHIN is that positive regional eHealth impact can only be achieved with country success. This plan aims to: