Building Comprehensive and Sustainable Health Informatics Institutions in Developing Countries: Moi University Experience

Martin C. Were, Abraham Siika, Paul O. Ayuo, Lukoye Atwoli, Fabian Esamai

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Abstract

Current approaches for capacity building in Health Informatics (HI) in developing countries mostly focus on training, and often rely on support from foreign entities. In this paper, we describe a comprehensive and multidimensional capacity-building framework by Lansang & Dennis, and its application for HI capacity building as implemented in a higher-education institution in Kenya. This framework incorporates training, learning-by-doing, partnerships, and centers of excellence. At Moi University (Kenya), the training dimensions include an accredited Masters in HI Program, PhD in HI, and HI short courses. Learning-by-doing occurs through work within MOH facilities at the AMPATH care and treatment program serving 3 million people. Moi University has formed strategic HI partnerships with Regenstrief Institute, Inc. (USA), University of Bergen (Norway), and Makerere University (Uganda), among others. The University has also created an Institute of Biomedical Informatics to serve as an HI Center of Excellence in the region. This Institute has divisions in Training, Research, Service and Administration. The HI capacity-building approach by Moi provides a model for adoption by other institutions in resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages520-524
Number of pages5
Volume216
ISBN (Print)9781614995630
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: Aug 19 2015Aug 23 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume216
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015
CountryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period8/19/158/23/15

Keywords

  • Capacity Building
  • Developing Countries
  • Health Informatics
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Were, M. C., Siika, A., Ayuo, P. O., Atwoli, L., & Esamai, F. (2015). Building Comprehensive and Sustainable Health Informatics Institutions in Developing Countries: Moi University Experience. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 216, pp. 520-524). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 216). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-520