Transforming eHealth with eLearning

Jarret Cassaniti

CCP | Program Officer

It’s always exciting to see how the rapidly evolving use of electronic technologies is helping to improve health in Africa.  But innovation, by nature, initially provides benefits unevenly.  This workshop, co-hosted by Futures Group and Intel, is a welcome effort to improve eHealth standards across borders.  By sharing information, healthcare stakeholders aim to foster public-private partnerships, build support networks and improve healthcare delivery. 

Reposted from the Futures Group blog.

Transforming eHealth with eLearning

By Bobby Jefferson, Senior Informatics Officer

Healthcare providers worldwide collect and use data for improved health outcomes. However, in many countries, the use of electronic health technologies is extremely varied, leading to what can become life-threatening gaps in information. Intel and Futures Group are working together to transform eHealth in order to improve healthcare in Africa through the use of information communications technology.

On August 2, the companies will join forces to host the “Transforming eHEALTH with eLEARNING in Africa” technical workshop.  Leaders from Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania will come together to share current eHealth projects and national strategies and discuss the barriers they face in their eHealth programs.

Mindful of the wide range of stakeholders needed to affect this dramatic change in eHealth, the workshop brings together representatives from governments, the private sector, donors and the international development community. The workshop aims to foster public-private partnerships that advance healthcare information technology and support countries as they work to overcome challenges to eHealth implementation.

eLearning has the ability to transform eHealth and significantly impact global healthcare by putting the power of learning in the hands of the health work force. It also can be a cost effective tool for training health care workers.Workshop participants will discuss and demonstrate the use of eLearning tools to train health care delivery personnel on the use of eHealth technology. Domain experts will demonstrate practical eHealth and eLearning applications on proven technological platforms and create a forum for country domain experts to share experiences and formulate next steps.

The afternoon will feature breakout sessions where participants can develop project submissions and actionable implementation plans to speed up eHealth and eLearning in their respective countries.

Through our experience in various countries throughout Africa, we have seen that eHealth efforts help to significantly improve the health of children, women and men. Futures Group, in partnership with Intel, is committed to this important work that improves healthcare and enriches lives.



I have no doubt that eHealth for Africa will tremendously impact positively on health workers across the continent. I have personally benefited from e-learning from the Global Health e-learning centre and Ipas University. It is freely accessible, user friendly highly informative and gives update information. This has changed the way my health centre in rural western Uganda- East Africa functions. Am most thankful for this opportunity.I hope that African governments and the private sector learn from the already existing ehealth providers and follow in their footsteps. My greatest worry is substandard work done in Africa by Africans. e.g The substandard fibre-optic cable being installed in Uganda.Elijah KasadhaMedical ManagerMcLeod Russel Uganda Ltd- MwengeP.O Box 371, Fort PortalEmail: 

E-health services have the potential to transform peoples lives in Africa. I just read about a Microsoft Award to students at a university in Uganda (Makerere University) who developed an application to monitor expecting mothers on a number of biometrics.