Hospital staffers compose largest delegate group enlisting for AfriHealth conference as global debate on telemedicine takes centre stage

Source: starfm,com
Published on November 25, 2011
25.November.2011:- With only a week to the opening of the fourth annual AfriHealth conference, the continent’s leading forum to discuss management issues, technology and issues regarding universal access to medicare, have confirmed that senior hospital staffers from Kenya,Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda constitute a large percentage of confirmed delegates.
Doctors, senior hospitals administrative officers compose nearly 40% of the delegates, with technologists and hospital information system specialists as well as academicians coming second, third and fourth respectively.
AITEC Africa and the United Nations University now say the conference, scheduled to open on 30 November at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), will be a turning point for modern healthcare delivery in Africa. “With senior doctors, academicians and healthcare technology vendors coming together, we have the right forum to propel telemedicine and push the case for eHealth,” said Sean Moroney, who is chairing the organizing committee.
Doctors and senior officials in Africa’s healthcare systems will get to share experiences with their contemporaries in other continents, including Dr George John, Managing Director of the renowned International Modern Hospital based in Dubai, Dr Sylvia Anie, the Director for Social Transformation programmes at the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK and Prof Dr Syed Aljunid, professor of Health Economics and Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University, among others.
Also gracing the conference is Professor Yunkap Kwankam, the Executive Director of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) based in Switzerland.
AITEC Africa expects the number of doctors and other players in Healthcare systems in Africa confirming as delegates to triple by end of this week.
AfriHealth conferences are billed as important forums in the improvement of healthcare delivery in Africa, and in particular champion for greater use of ICTs in healthcare. Ericsson’s Healthcare division will be making a showcase at the conference for some of its latest technological advances in healthcare.
Information and Communications Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo, flanked by the directorate of eGovernment boss Dr Katherine Getao and senior officers from Ministries of Health in multiple countries, are some of the high profile government representatives expected at the conference.

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