eHealth Consortium Limited




About Us

Established since 2005, eHealth Consortium ("eHC") is one of the major non-profit making organizations in Hong Kong leading eHealth advocacy in the region and we are the prime agency bridging healthcare and IT industries to advance the development of eHealth in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Over the years, our efforts are focused on three key areas, namely data standardization, education and capacity building, and facilitating pilot projects for the advancement of eHealth applications. We work closely with the healthcare and the ICT sectors to offer training programs, conferences, and seminal events for eHealth stakeholders.

The most notable were the eHealth Forum, which brought together more than 500 delegates in 2006 and 700 delegates in 2009 ranging from national policy makers, professionals from healthcare and health informatics industries, as well as ICT industry players from Mainland China, North America, Europe, and countries in the Asian Region.



Vision and Mission | Our Role | Key Initiatives | Background | Steering Committee | Advisory Committee | The Board

Vision and Mission

Vision

Our vision is to create a well-integrated environment where the public health and patient information can be readily shared between the public and private sectors for the enhancement of the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of healthcare services in Hong Kong.

Mission

Our mission is therefore to:
- Bring IT and healthcare professionals together to facilitate and promote the use of IT as a key enabler in the healthcare industry.
- Position Hong Kong strategically in providing a more accessible and effective healthcare system for the benefit of all through the use of medical informatics and information and Communications Technology ("ICT")

Our Role

We believe that the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of healthcare services would be enhanced via the use of ICT.  The eHC Limited shall be the platform to bring together policy makers, the professionals of related fields, as well as the stakeholders from the community, to advise and promote the use of ICT in achieving the goal of providing better healthcare services to our society.

Key Initiatives

To keep up the eHealth momentum generated from the eHealth Forums in 2006 and 2009 and since the establishment of the eHealth Consortium ("eHC"), it was suggested that the following initiatives should be executed in 2009-10:

* To facilitate and promote the adoption of a territory-wide eHR system.

* To provide education and training to healthcare & IT professionals on advanced eHealth technology & applications.

* To facilitate the implementation of pilot projects for eHealth implementation.

* To facilitate the advancement and acceptance of world-wide standard in eHealth.


Background

In 2003, Hong Kong was hit hard by SARS, an unknown infectious disease that threatens the life of Hong Kong people. Against such a backdrop, the Internet Professional Association (iProA) and the Department of Health jointly organised the "IT in Health Forum" in July 2003 under the initiatives of "DO IT Campaign" of the Legislative Councillor Hon. Mr. SIN Chung Kai.

IT in Health 2003
(Above: Inauguration Ceremony of IT in Health in 2003)

This forum provided a platform for knowledge and experience exchange among IT and health professionals in the areas of disease tracking and control. One of the highlights of the event was the publication of the "White Paper: The IT Infrastructure of Hong Kong's Centre for Disease Control (CDC)", which pinpointed the importance of data sharing and development of local expertise in public health informatics, and aroused much professional interest in the subject.  Subsequent implementation of the "Communicable Disease Information System" for disease surveillance by the Hong Kong SAR Government is crucial to Hong Kong in view of the threat of the avian flu.

Recognizing the important role of information and communication technologies in support of health care, the Fifty-Eight World Health Assembly called on its member states to implement plans for eHealth services for cost effective health administration, to mobilize multi-sectoral collaboration for determining evidence-based eHealth standards and norms, and electronic public health information systems for surveillance of and rapid response to disease and public-health emergencies.

IT in Health 2003
(Above: The inaugural eHealth Forum in 2006 is a signature event of the eHealth Consortium.)

To further capitalize on awareness generated in 2003, to further promote the use of IT in the health care industry, to move forward with important recommendations of the White Paper and to raise public awareness to the call of the Fifty-Eighth World Health Assembly, Internet Professional Association (iProA) and Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics (HKSMI) came together and founded the eHealth Consortium organization with supports from the Hospital Authority, the Department of Health and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.  eHealth Consortium was established by such public-private-partnership which aims to promote collaboration between health care and IT professionals in both private and public sectors for health care services with enhanced accessibility, quality and effectiveness for a healthier tomorrow for everyone in Hong Kong.

We invite all health care and IT professionals in Hong Kong to take part in this effort. We believe that through public-private-partnership and co-operation between health care and IT professionals, we will be "Building a Healthy Tomorrow" for the people of Hong Kong as envisioned in the Hong Kong SAR government's recent consultation paper on health care reform.

The Board and Committees

Steering Committee

Each founding member organization shall appoint one representative to form the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee shall convene biannually to provide steer on key directions and initiatives of the eHC Limited.

Members

Chairperson:
  • Dr Winnie TANG, JP - Immediate Past President, Internet Professional Association

Members:
  • Dr CP WONG, JP - Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics
  • Dr Heston KWONG, JP - Assistant Director of Health, Department of Health
  • Dr CHEUNG Ngai Tseung - Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Hospital Authority

Advisory Committee

Distinguished members from the society who would provide invaluable insights to the eHC Limited would be invited to join the Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee members would provide guidance and support to the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee.  While the Advisory Committee assumed no fixed meeting schedule, the Advisory Committee members would render their advice to members of the Steering and Executive Committee when necessary.

Members

Chairman:
  • Dr LAM Ping Yan, JP - Former Director of Health, Department of Health
Members:
  • Dr Regis CABRAL - Member, ICT-LEAP, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umea University, Sweden
  • Prof Bernie H K HUANG - Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA; Chair Professor of Medical Informatics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Dr Gunnar O KLEIN - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Prof LEE Shiu Hung, SBS, JP - Honorary Adviser, School of Public Health and Primary Care, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Elizabeth QUAT, JP - Co-Founder and Past President (2000-2006), Internet Professional Association
  • Dr SHEN Shir Ming - Deputy Director (Academic), HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Ms Nancy TSE - Director (Finance), Head Officer, Hospital Authority
  • Prof TSUI Lap Chee, JP - Vice-Chancellor and President, the University of Hong Kong
  • Prof XIAO Shao Bo - Coordinator for e-Health Research, School of Life Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology


Board

All member organizations that are interested to contribute to the initiatives of the eHC Limited can nominate a representative to join the Board as well as its sub-committees.  The Board shall convene 3-4 times a year to take forward the directions and initiatives set out by the Steering Committee and report progress to the eHC Limited.

Members of the Board (2017-2018)

[Updated on 20 January 2017]
President:
  • Mr Kenneth CHAN - Vice President & Hon Secretary, HK Information Technology Joint Council
Vice President:
  • (Events & Communication)
    Ms Ingrid AU - Head, Government & Public Sector, Cisco Systems (HK)
  • (Industry Relations)
    Mr KW HO - Project Director, QBS System Limited
  • (Membership Affairs)
    Mr Ricky CHAN - Vice President, Region Asia Pacific, Fresenius Netcare
  • (Internal Affairs)
    Mr Kenny CHIEN - Chairman, HK United Youth Science and Technology Association
  • (Education & Training)
    Mr Reggie WONG - Hon. Chairman & Immediate Past Chairman, Information and Software Industry Association
Other Board Members:
  • Dr CP WONG,JP - Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics
  • Ms Eva CHAN - Chief Executive Officer, Certizen Limited
  • Ms Ellen KU - President, College of Nursing, HK
  • Ms Irene LEUNG Shuk Yee - Chief Executive Officer, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
  • Ms Anna LIN, JP - Chief Executive, GS1 HK
  • Mr Joe LOK - Honorable Chairman, HK Software Industry Association
  • Dr Eric TANG - Council Member, HK Doctors Union
  • Dr Winnie TANG, JP - Past President & Council Member, Internet Professional Association
  • Mr Ping WONG - Chairman, Hong Kong Association of China Business
  • Mr Eldon YEUNG - Steering Committee Member, Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum Ltd.
  • Ms WONG Kam Fung - Council Member, Hong Kong Alliance for Patients' Organisation Limited
  • Dr KP LEUNG - Member, Patients' Consultation Committee of the Hospital Authority (Co-opted Board Member)
  • Mr Timothy MA, JP - Executive Director, Project Flame-Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in City University of HK
    (Co-opted Board Member)
  • Mr Clube NG - Chairman of Industry Liaison and Partnership SIG, Smart City Consortium (Co-opted Board Member)