On June 23-24, 2014, the first South Asian Regional Conference ‘mPossible: Regional Health Informatics Conference’ was held at the Rupashi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. A group of national and international experts from the fields of ‘Public Health and Health Informatics’ participated in the conference. The conference was hosted by the Management Information System of the Directorate General of Health Services, with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, World Health Organization and UBS Optimus Foundation.
The event was a successful opportunity for all related stakeholders to engage and consider the various health innovations found in South Asia, including Bangladesh. Mr. Mohammad Nasim, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, graced the workshop as the Chief Guest. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said the government will introduce a national healthcare database to facilitate better treatment for the common people in his keynote speech on the closing day of the conference. "We want to introduce a national healthcare database. If the database is created all the systems of health records will easily be available to doctors," he said. He said the government is in the process of building the national identity system. "Once we get the national identity system in place, then it'll become easier to build the national healthcare database," the PM's adviser added. Every service will be availed and digitalized by 2021, he hoped adding that Bangladesh will be a role model in the world with the grace of information technology.Joy also mentioned that the other developing countries are seeking technological assistance and training from Bangladesh.
Joy praised the health ministry, saying it was one of the first to really start providing IT solutions using innovation.He said the ministry’s innovative solution was a hallmark of Digital Bangladesh.Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Director General (Planning & Development) and Director, Management Information System of the Directorate General of Health Services, were among the notable dignitaries attending the workshop. The conference focused on highlighting achievements and lessons learned, advocating for a culture of information use and sharing.