Recent Panel on Building an eHealth Workforce

Our Dykki Settle, HRIS team lead for CapacityPlus, served on a panel titled, Building an eHealth Workforce, at the recent Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Bangkok, Thailand.

IntraHealth International partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to present the side session, which focused on developing and supporting an eHealth workforce to implement eHealth technologies, including human resources information systems, in countries around the world.

Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth, moderated the session. Other panelists included Ramesh Krishnamurthy of Health Metrics Network, Wuleta Lemma of Tulane University Technical Assistance Project in Ethiopia, and Vincent Oketcho of IntraHealth’s Uganda Capacity Program.

This session explored four areas where the health workforce and health information join:

  1. Human resources information systems
  2. eHealth workforce
  3. eHealth literacy
  4. eLearning.

In his presentation, "The greatest gap: Building eHealth capacity around the world," Settle gave an overview of eHealth technologies then noted challenges and proposed solutions.

After the panel, participants divided into groups to further discuss the challenges to building eHealth capacity. Group discussions resulted in the following recommendations:

  1. Develop national eHealth workforce strategies and policies
  2. Apply broader health workforce strategies to the eHealth workforce
  3. Foster a community of eHealth innovation 
  4. Develop and disseminate specific tools, guidance, and best practices.

 Read Dykki’s personal blog about building the eHealth workforce here.