- Conducted a desk review of the AKDN health programme and the potential added value of ICT to this effort.
- Interviewed selected principals of the AKDN programmes in health and relevant areas.
- Analysed the demand for, availability and potential use of, eHealth tools and services within the health agencies of the AKDN. (The iPath and iTeach platforms are the subject of a focused analysis and business plan. Other tools to be considered include, the Map of Medicine, the HINARI (where applicable), eLLuminate, eGranaries, etc.) The analysis covered:
– potential number and type of users – by profession and clinical discipline,
– potential types of applications – diagnosis, treatment, types of diseases and conditions, education and training,
– anticipated uptake in terms of number of consultations, etc.
- Projected the future use of ICT-based tools and services within the health agencies and programmes of AKDN covering areas such as:
– improving the quality of health services;
– developing the capabilities of the health workforce;
– introducing health promotion/disease prevention at the community level;
– accessing health information;
– strengthening institutional capacity – health information systems
- Explored synergy with, and ways to leverage efforts in, other AKDN areas of focus
– economic development,
– rural development,
– civil society,
– micro-finance and
– humanitarian assistance.
- Defined approaches to monitor and evaluate the AKDN eHealth programme.
- Prepare an eHealth strategy document and programme elements with the usual components (see Annex 1), including preliminary ideas on costing information and how to implement the programme.
- Consulted with the Director, AKF Health, as necessary – to discuss progress and examine any interim/partial products, as appropriate.