Helina Conference information 2014

9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference 7th – 11th March 2015, Accra Ghana

“Informatics for Universal Health Coverage in Africa: From Point of Care Systems to National Strategies”

Venue: University of Ghana ISSER Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana

http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/    Contact:  hcs@helina-online.org


The ninth Health Informatics in Africa Conference – HELINA 2014 planned to take place in Accra Ghana from the 7th to 11th of March 2015 will be co-organized by HELINA and the Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA) and hosted by GHIA. GHIA is the national platform for health informatics activities in Ghana with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in Health, Insurance, Medical Informatics, Public Health and Computer Science in Ghana from within and outside the country. The organization is a member of the Pan African Health Informatics in Africa Association (HELINA) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

HELINA and GHIA aim with this year’s conference at:

  • Highlighting the role of Health Informatics applications for the Universal Health Coverage in Africa
  • Promoting the development and implementation of an African eHealth strategy as well as the development of eHealth strategies, policies, and architectures in each African country
  • Showcasing best practices in Health Informatics –incl. ehealth and telemedicine- and its application in Africa: implemented health data standards and interoperable solutions, hospital information system, electronic health/medical/patient records, clinical decision support systems, monitoring and evaluation systems, registers, data mining, big data analytics and reporting platforms, health insurance and electronic claims processing among others
  • Translating research and innovations into improved healthcare delivery system
  • Fostering the creation of networks between African Countries as well as eHealth initiatives in Africa
  • Fostering the development of Health Informatics research and education in Africa.

Through research and project reports on Health Informatics for the universal health coverage in Africa, we hope to all intents and purposes, to contribute significantly to efforts aimed at the development of health-informatics or ehealth-based solution-approach for a sustainable healthcare access to all in Africa. As such, special focus will also be given to consolidate our existing working groups –WG Education, WG Standards and Interoperability, WG Data Mining and Big Data Analytics- as well initiating, building and consolidating networks among participants from different African states. Appropriate time and room will be allocated for interactive / brainstorming workshops, panel discussion, focus group sessions as well as ice breaking / meet-and-greet’ opportunities.


Research and work-in-progress papers, tutorials, Workshops, keynote addresses and panels with international participation, meet the experts’ sessions, and Brainstorming sessions

Intended Audience:

Healthcare Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Midwives, Lab specialists and technicians, Managers, Clerks), interested in health care technology, ICT, Telecommunications, and Microelectronic professionals dedicated to developing applications for health care, decision makers, government officials, industry leaders, eHealth organizations, researchers in health management, public health, biomedical/health informatics, medicine and professionals interested in ICT applications for health care, and students (medicine, health informatics, computer sciences)

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Online Registration Opens: 18 August 2014
Submission deadline: 16 November 2014
Conference: 7 – 11 March 2015

Contact: hcs@helina-online.org

Conference Committees

General Chair

Ghislain Kouematchoua Tchuitcheu, IMIA Vice President for HELINA

Central LOC

Nutefe Elikplim Achoribo, Chair
Wisdom Atiwoto, Co-chair
Frances da-costa Vroom, Co-chair
Charles Brown-Davies
Seth Afagbedi
Samuel Dery
Asem Livingstone
Buabeng-Frimpong Samuel Kwame
Francis Dzabeng
Richard Akuffo
Lazarus Kwao
Philip Boakye
Acheampong Emmanuel Kusi
Esi Foriwaa Amoaful
Kpajal Daniel Kwabena
Dominic Atweam Kobinah
Selasie  Brown
Henry Obuobi

Scientific Program Committee

Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa (Chair)
Samuel Bosomprah, University of Ghana (Co-Chair)
Frank Verbeke, Vrije University Brussels, Belgium and University of Rwanda (Co-Chair)

International Advisory Panel

Amadou Koita, HELINA Vice President
Boster Sibande, Malawi Health Informatics Association
Sven Abrahamse, South African Health Informatics Association, South Africa
Cheick-Oumar Bagayoko, The Mali Society of Biomedical and Health Information
Innocent Nanan, Ivorian Society of Biosciences and Health Informatics
Tom Oluoch, Kenya Health Informatics Association
Vincent Djientcheu, Cameroonian Health Informatics Society

Editorial/Proceedings Committee:

Mikko Korpela
Dalenca Pottas
Ghislain Kouematchoua
Ulrich Kemloh

Technical team

Gilles Kom Kenmengne, Koegni-eHealth Innovation for Development
Xavier Scolard, Koegni-eHealth Innovation for Development
Selasie Brown, Ghana Health Informatics Association




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