Health needs and eHealth readiness assessment of health care organizations in Kabul and Bamyan, Afghanistan

H. Durrani, S. Khoja, A. Naseem, R. E. Scott, A. Gul, R. Jan

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Abstract

This study assessed the need and readiness of health care institutions in Kabul and Bamyan, Afghanistan for successful implementation of information and communication technology in health care (eHealth). A mixed methods design was adopted at 2 institutions in the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan: the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul and Bamyan Provincial Hospital, Bamyan. Information for the needs assessment was obtained from interviews and focus groups and eHealth readiness was assessed using a validated survey tool. The needs of institutions in the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan were categorized as follows: provision of care needs; learning needs; and information management needs. eHealth readiness on average was lower in Bamyan compared with Kabul in all areas of the readiness assessment. Other institutions in Afghanistan may benefit from adopting the model of needs and readiness assessment used for Aga Khan Development Network institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-670
Number of pages8
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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