eHAP board members with keynote speakers Prof Yunkap Kwankum (seated third from left) and Dr Richard E Scott (standing second from right), and chief guests Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Provincial Health Minister (seated fourth from left) and Dr Rashid Juma, Director General Health (seated fifth from left) at eHAP Conference 2010.
In the past four to five years, different pilot projects in eHealth have been launched in Pakistan to improve access to and quality of care as well as reduce the cost of services. Experts felt a need to build networks to share and enhance knowledge in the emerging field as well as create an advocacy group which can push government and other policy-makers for broader implementation and policy support.
To meet the above needs and in order to bring awareness, build capacity and support policy making in eHealth, leading individuals and institutions from Pakistan in telehealth, health information management and learning met in Islamabad in November 2008, and announced the formation of eHealth Association of Pakistan (eHAP). The initial formation of the Association is facilitated by the Aga Khan University with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr Shariq Khoja is the principal investigator of the project.