WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health

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Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87--94

Strengthening health systems through informatics capacity development among doctors in low-resource contexts: the Sri Lankan experience


Pandula Siribaddana1, Roshan Hewapathirana2, Achala U Jayatilleke1, Sundeep Sahay3, Vajira HW Dissanayake2 
1 Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine; Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
3 Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Correspondence Address:
Pandula Siribaddana
Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
Sri Lanka

In the process of strengthening health systems, a lack of health-informatics capacity within low- and middle-income country settings is a considerable challenge. Many capacity-development initiatives on health informatics exist, most of which focus on the adoption of eHealth tools by front-line health-care workers. By contrast, there are only a few programmes that focus on empowering medical doctors in low- and middle-income countries to become champions of digital health innovation and adoption. Sri Lanka has a dynamic eHealth ecosystem, resulting largely from the country’s community of medical doctors who are also health informaticians. They are the result of a decade-long programme centred on a Master of Science degree course in biomedical informatics, which has trained over 150 medical doctors to date, and has now been extended to a specialist training programme. This paper evaluates this unique capacity-development effort from the perspective of strengthening health systems and how those in other low- and middle-income country contexts may learn from the Sri Lankan experience when implementing capacity-development programmes in health informatics.


How to cite this article:
Siribaddana P, Hewapathirana R, Jayatilleke AU, Sahay S, Dissanayake VH. Strengthening health systems through informatics capacity development among doctors in low-resource contexts: the Sri Lankan experience.WHO South-East Asia J Public Health 2019;8:87-94


How to cite this URL:
Siribaddana P, Hewapathirana R, Jayatilleke AU, Sahay S, Dissanayake VH. Strengthening health systems through informatics capacity development among doctors in low-resource contexts: the Sri Lankan experience. WHO South-East Asia J Public Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 20 ];8:87-94
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