respect to content and structure, but have also catalyzedcritical pathways contributing to building the feld o ehealth research in Arica, Asia, and LAC.
[The Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN)] initiative [which began with research funding from IDRC] was away ahead of its time. So, in a way, it became a standard/ benchmark for anyone else doing electronic data collectionand transmission. Because of this it became a natural reference point for informing policy.
Uganda Chartered HealthnetIDRC’s dual ocus on strengthening capacity and inuencingpolicy has shaped ehealth research projects. Researchcapacities have been strengthened at the level o individualsas well as organizations, and evidence rom these projectshas inuenced discourse and practice in the realm o policies.
The single most important lesson we learned is to get the national government involved with the ehealth project.Why? Because any ehealth project has the potential tobenet a large portion of society, and scaling up to that level will involve government in various ways: legislation,regulation, promotion, etc. Failing to involve national government will result in substantial hurdles in upscaling any ehealth project.
University o the Philippines, Manila
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