Disrupting at the "Health Meets Tech" Conference

eHealth Africa’s (eHA) Executive Director and Co-Founder Adam Thompson participated in the second edition of the Future of Health Conference themed “Health meets Tech” organized by Nigeria Health Watch, which took place on September 22, 2016, in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The conference brought together stakeholders from both health and technology spheres to collaboratively discuss on ways to improve the health sector in Nigeria through the use of technology. The discussions were categorized into three sessions: Leaders, Game Changers, and Disrupters.

‘The Leaders’ session featured decision makers from the public and private sectors who highlighted the ideas and inspired thinking of a unique generation of bright minds and leaders in the health sector. The second session tagged ‘The Game Changers’ featured a unique set of health entrepreneurs who have made significant transformative contributions to the sector using technology.

The final session tagged ‘The Disrupters’ featured the pace-setters who already have ignited the change discussed in the health sector by using technology to overcome tough challenges and inspire action. eHA was one of the six ‘disrupters’ identified to participate in this session.

In his presentation titled ‘The Use of Technology to Improve Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery in Some of the Toughest Areas in Nigeria’, Adam gave an overview of the various projects implemented by eHA, with emphases on Disease Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness & Response. His talk highlighted the changes enabled by the Polio Emergency Operation Centers in Nigeria, and described the successes based on the synchronization of infrastructure, partnerships, and data, which together can be leveraged to drive more informed action and achieve greater impact.