Mr. Manish Kumar, adjunct assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to join the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Health Information Exchange Task Force. Participants in this task force are subject matter experts who work in Africa and internationally on the collection, analysis and exchange of health data and information.
On January 31, 2017, the African Union (AU) established the Africa CDC with a mission to “strengthen Africa’s public health institutions’ capacities, capabilities, and partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks based on science, policy, and data-driven interventions and programs.”
With the current growth of health information system deployment in Africa and, in particular, systems relying on mobile or wireless networks, the AU has a strong need to develop health information exchange standards that can be adopted and used by the different member states. As a technical organization mandated by the AU to give technical advice and support to AU member states, the Africa CDC seeks to establish the Health Information Exchange Task Force to provide expertise and guidance in the development of policies for the effective implementation of interoperable health information systems across African countries.
The task force will give high-level strategic advice and support to the Africa CDC for the coming years. In the first year, the task force will draft policy framework and standards on electronic health information exchange for review and approval by the Africa CDC and member states.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06