Strategic challenges facing user- and patient-centred e-health in Vietnam

This paper focuses on current strategic challenges for e-health development facing the Vietnamese government as it strives to implement an effective and efficient e-health service to end-users: healthcare professionals and, more importantly, the patients who are at the centre of any successfully developed and implemented e-health approach. It presents details of the state-of-the-art of current healthcare characteristics, particular to the country, its healthcare information management system (HIMS) and a snapshot of information communication technology (ICT) development as it pertains to the healthcare industry. A critical evaluation analysis of how the Vietnamese government has thus far implemented e-health into the healthcare services is also given with an assessment of the technical, managerial and educational issues that need to be addressed for any future successful development and implementation of e-health in the country. As primary end-users of any e-health service, special consideration is given to the engagement of patients in such development.
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Innovation in the Informal Sector in Africa

One of the difficulties of discerning an innovation system in many African countries, is the presence of  a large informal sector. The informal sector or informal economy as defined by governments, scholars, banks, etc. is the part of an economy that is not taxed, monitored by any form of government, or included in any gross national product (GNP), unlike the formal economy. Informal economic activity is a dynamic process which includes many aspects of economic and social theory. By its nature, it is necessarily difficult to observe, study, define, and measure. Read more

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Studies detail triumphs, troubles of African innovators creating products for local health needs

Africans strengthen ability to meet health needs in sub-Sahara with homegrown science solutions, but many products stagnate in labs for want of commercialization know-how, support

Global health experts today published a landmark collection of papers that together provide a unique microscope on the experience of countries, companies and organizations in sub-Saharan Africa addressing neglected health problems with homegrown drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other creative scientific and business solutions.

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