Project Deliverables

The BETTEReHEALTH project will deliver multiple results open to the public and relevant stakeholders. The deliverables consist of three types: 

  • Free to access registries
  • Reports and recommendations
  • Workshops and events

Below you can find a complete list of the publicly available relevant deliverables. If you have any questions on how to obtain, interpret or join any of the deliverables, please sent an email to info@betterehealth.eu.

Deliverables

List of public deliverables

Free to access registry with eHealth solutions

The registry will include information about the services provided by the solutions, their documented effects and their potential and relevance for LLMICs in Africa.

Free to access registry of existing eHealth policies on national and regional level in Africa

The registry will include information on their documented results, best practices and lessons-learned at all levels of the health system. Best practices might come from the wider context of health and care services and health infrastructures.

Report on the existing strategic partnerships on eHealth deployment in LLMICs and regions in Africa and their potential.

The report will include a mapping of existing strategic partnerships in the region and recommendations on their potential. 

Report on best practices and lessons learned in health and care services and health infrastructures.

Design, data collection, analysis, and publication of multiple case study for the
collection of best practices and lessons learned in health and care services and health infrastructures.

Report and scientific publication regarding research priorities related to eHealth policies in African LLMICs

Strengthen the research capacity to inform e-health policy in the four participating
African LLMICs.

Report on stakeholders of eHealth policy

Stakeholders’ analysis to determine whose interest should be taken into account in ehealth policy.

Networking activities in the areas of capacity building, empowerment of stakeholders, accessible eHealth and digital literacy.

Capacity building and innovation-promotion activities to ensure user involvement, user centeredness, sustainability and increased accessibility in e-health services. Capacity building and innovation-promotion are also necessary for increasing opportunities for the different stakeholders. This includes activities of science parks, incubators and clusters to facilitate innovation.

Report on the role of human factors in improving eHealth policies and national programmes
  • Mapping of existing organisations representing e-health stakeholders in the four participating
    countries.
  • Organisation of a network for organisations representing e-health stakeholders in Africa (with main focus on the four participating countries), that will arrange common webinars, workshops and conferences with the participation of similar European organisations with experience in e-health policy influence. These organisations can be National Medical Associations, National Nurses Associations, Federations of Health or Medical Informatics and patient organisations from European countries and African LLMICs.
  • Raise awareness among stakeholders, regarding the importance of a set of interpersonal skills for successful policy related interactions.
Recommendations for eHealth standardisation and interoperability in African LLMICs
  • Identification of needs for e-health standards and interoperability in the four participating LLMICs. This will be done through national workshops (integrated in the yearly national workshop of each of the participating LLMICs), focus groups and reviews (considering relevant work done in Europe).
  • Identification of standards relevant for e-health are used or could be used in the four participating LLMICs. By reviewing the existing standards, we will define their maturity and level of specification.
  • Engage and contribute to existing standardization and interoperability initiatives through networking activities.
  • Combine above activities in recommendations for e-health standards and interoperability in African LLMICs
Requirements for sustainable and trustable eHealth infrastructure in African LLMICs
  • Identification of existing initiatives that are developing requirements for e-health infrastructure. We will put emphasis on initiatives that address sustainability, data security, and privacy.
  • Adaptation of existing technical infrastructure requirements to the context of the four participating African LMMICs.
Strategy and future direction for scaling-up eHealth in LLMICs in Africa.
  • Identify the barriers for universal health coverage in African countries in the context of data access, security, interoperability, usability, scaling and access to infrastructure.
  • Exploring possibilities and strategies for inter-governmental partnership and collaboration in the use of new technological platforms and systems that can support remote diagnostic processes and procedures. Examples for this task will be the computer aided detection of tuberculosis by chest xray that has been introduced in Zambia, South Africa and The Gambia, digital ultrasound (using mHealth/telemedicine solutions) in Tanzania, rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) integrated into a Cloud based mHealth Smart reader system in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana, Smartphone-powered, cloudenabled portable electrocardiograph (ECG) being e used in Uganda and Malawi.
  • Propose strategies and future directions for scaling up the use of integrated e-health for UHC on the continent and contribute to the attainment of the target for the third SDG.
Scientific publication and executive report on existing eHealth policies and legislation in African LLMICs

A review of e-health policies and legislation in African LLMICs based on the previous collected data. This review will be in a form of a systematic review including grey literature following Cochrane’s  methodology and will be published in an international peer-reviewed journal.

eHealth policy roadmap for LLMICs in Africa
  • Engage the stakeholders through a number of workshops where the results of the data collections carried out as part of the project are  presented. Participating experts, end-users and policy makers, from LLMICs in Africa and European countries, can express their opinion and contribute to the formulation of a generic e-health policy roadmap. Participants will also have to reflect on ethical, financial and legislative issues.
  • Synthesis of evidence, situation analysis, national priorities and stakeholder input to the e-health policy roadmap.
Strategic implementation plans for the four participating African LLMICs

Development of strategic implementation plans (SIP) for specified target countries in consultation with the Ministry of Health of the target countries. The SIP will also take into account costing plans, monitoring and evaluation of the e-health policies.

Regional hubs

Regional hubs (four in total) will be set up by and around the African project partners (hub leaders) in order to extend the reach and impact of the project. The hub leaders will develop a network of relevant partners and stakeholders around them, from within their own country and other countries in their region. The hubs will be a valuable asset in the dissemination and communication strategy of the project and help to reach out to a wide network of  stakeholders. But more importantly, they will also allow to obtain detailed information on the current state of e-health deployment in various countries and to provide policy guidelines and good practices to key stakeholders.

Regional workshops

Regional hub workshops will be organised (one per year) by each of the four hubs. These will be smaller events that seek to obtain input and feedback on the work in the other work packages, as well as exchange good practice and guidelines for e-health policy and deployment.

International networking events

These events will bring together the results of the project’s work in year 1 (incl. the Regional Hub workshops), especially the registries of solutions and policies and initial assessments of technical, human and public policy factors in various countries that are supporting or hindering e-health deployment. It will also consolidate initial contacts that have been established between European and African  stakeholders, to build an even more solid basis for the work in year 2.

“eHealth has a huge potential in developing countries like Ethiopia where access to the conventional healthcare services is a challenge due to physical, human, economic and social factors. Therefore, it imperative to explore innovative strategies such as eHealth to promote universal health coverage (UHC). This requires systematic collection, synthesis, documentation, and dissemination of country experiences, evidences and strategies to inform policy and practices.”

Kora Tushune

VP for Business and Development and an associate professor of health economics and policy in Faculty of Public Health, Jimma University

BETTEReHEALTH Project Partner

Better eHealth is Better Health

info@betterehealth.eu