CHS - Research and Projects

PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based e-Health Adoption and Application (PANACeA)

Principal Investigator: Dr Shariq Khoja​

Team: Dr Zahid Ali Faheem, Dr Hammad Durrani, Seema Barkatali, Sayyeda Reza, Saira Nigar

Partner Countries: Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan, Canada

Funding Agency: International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada 

Funding: US$ 2.04 Million

Duration: 3 Years (2007-2010)

Start Date: August 2007


PANACeA is an initiative to generate evidence in the field of e-health within the Asian context, by forming a network of researchers and research projects from developing Asian countries.  PANACeA supports multinational projects to evaluate e-health solutions in the field and generate evidence through methodologically sound research. The evidence acquired through these projects will be scalable and generalisable to other developing countries. The results will be used to advocate policies on e-health in Asian countries.


The general objectives of this project include:

  • To support a set of multi-country research activities to address the four core research questions listed above;
  • To create a theoretical model for evaluating good practice in e-health programmess in Asia;
  • To build research capacity amongst Asian researchers to evaluate and adopt appropriate e-health technologies and practices and influence policy and decision-makers;
  • To disseminate research findings widely in the regional and international research communities.

Research Questions 

The research projects supported by PANACeA address the following four research questions:

  • Which e-health applications and practices have had the most beneficial outcomes on the health of individuals, communities and the improvement of health systems? 
  • What are the best ways for ensuring that beneficial outcomes can reach the segment of the population that still doesn't have adequate access to health services?
  • What is the potential of using new pervasive technologies such as mobile phones/PDAs as tools to make the delivery of health services or information more effective?
  • What types of technologies/applications are best suited to help prepare for, or mitigate the effects of, disasters, pandemics and emerging and re-emerging diseases?

Each project is driven by a specific health need and the e-health solution addresses one or more of the following domains: prevention/surveillance, administration, clinical, education, and research.

Projects and Thematic Areas

PANACeA supports eight research projects and seven cross-cutting thematic areas. The projects are:

  • Cost Benefit Analysis of Available Hospital Information Management System Data Mining and Data Warehousing;
  • Portable System for Telemedicine and Health Information in Rural and Remote Areas;
  • Remote Consultation to Improve Health Services for Rural Mothers: a Pilot Programme in Mongolia and the Philippines;
  • Mainstreaming e-Health Initiatives in Primary Care: An Evidence-Based Approach;
  • Basic Intervention Research on e-Health for Persons with Disabilities;
  • Online TB Diagnostic Committees for Clinically Suspect Sputum Negative Patients in the TB-DOTS Programme;
  • Disaster/Emergency Telemedicine System;
  • Use of Mobile Phone in Bridging the Gap for Referral of Pregnant Women.

The cross-cutting thematic areas include:

  • Open Standards/Open Source;
  • Outcomes;
  • Policy;
  • Communication/Dissemination;
  • Telehealth-Asia Review;
  • Health Informatics-Asia Review;
  • e-Health Readiness and Change Management.