Yearb Med Inform 2017; 26(01): 298-299
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1635071
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Helina Activities of the Pan African Health Informatics Association

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Publication History

Publication Date:
05 February 2018 (online)


Helina Conference 2017

A Call for Papers was sent out in November for full papers, work in progress, and case studies to be submitted for consideration for the HELINA 2017 conference. The HELINA Board appointed a scientific program committee and has been working with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Burundi Health Informatics Association to organise the 10th HELINA Conference in Bujumbura, Burundi, in 2017. The conference is expected to attract about 200 – 250 people from across the world. The title of the conference is “Integrated Health Information Management Resources for Global Healthcare Strategies”. The following topics are proposed as the main themes for the conference:

  • National and Regional eHealth Strategies and Policies

  • Health Information Systems Interoperability

  • Human Information Systems Interoperability

  • Human Capacity building for eHealth

  • Sustainable systems implementations

In September 2016, HELINA was invited to participate in the 4th Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit in Accra, Ghana. The Association was represented by Frances Baaba da-Costa Vroom, Secretary to the Board, and Dr. Innocent Nanan, Treasurer. Frances gave a presentation on behalf of HELINA on the topic “Converting a conventional hospital into digital one. Assuring connectivity and all-round ICT framework to boost the much needed investments in eHealth and centralized patient data management”. The conference was a good platform to promote HELINA and advertise the upcoming HELINA 2017 conference in Burundi. There were about 150 – 200 participants at this conference.

Regional Editor

Ghislain B. Kouematchoua Tchuitcheu, PhD IMIA Vice President for HELINA E-mail: