University of Botswana Conference Center

November 20, 2019 – November 22, 2019

The 2019 edition of the Pan-African health informatics conference (HELINA) is scheduled from 20th - 22nd November, 2019 at the University of Botswana Conference Center, Gaborone, Botswana. The conference will be hosted by the University of Botswana (UB) e-Health Research Unit under the Department of Computer Science, in collaboration with: Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW), Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC), Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), the Botswana Health Information Management Association (BoHIMA), with Support from Health First. The 2019 HELINA conference will focus on evidence to practice of digital health interventions to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Digital health is an enabler for equitable health care access, from clinical care to public health. This conference provides a platform to showcase digital health interventions that have not only shown benefits, but are also sustainable.





Individual late submissions can be accepted until 11 of August for reviewing to HELINA 2013. Please contact the SPC Chairs at Mikko.Korpela@uef.fi orDalenca.Pottas@nmmu.ac.za and to agree on an extended deadline and inform about your sub-theme, so that reviewers can be reserved.  Particularly please note that you can submit an abstract only for the first-round reviewing, and if accepted, expand it to a full paper by 16 September. All modified full papers will be subjected to a fast review to ensure compliance with the reviewers’ instructions.


The 8th Health Informatics in Africa Conference - HELINA 2013 will take place in Eldoret, Kenya, in 7-8 October 2013, hosted by the Kenyan Health Informatics Association (KeHIA).  HELINA is the Africa Region of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

HELINA 2013 solicits submission on all aspects of health informatics and e-health Africa.  The conference theme “Evidence Based Informatics for e-Health in Africa” encourages submissions that are based on empirical evidence of the use of information management and information and communication technologies for providing better health care for people in Africa.  Theoretical, methodological and practical papers are equally welcome.  Possible sub-themes include but are not restricted to the following:

- National e-health strategies, policies and architectures

- Local, regional and national level of healthcare management

- Management within a health facility (hospital, health centre)

- Patient care in home, primary healthcare and hospital settings

- Health programmes and specialised care (maternal and child health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, etc.)

- Empowering communities, community health information systems, community participation

- Electronic and paper-based health records, information architectures, terminologies, data set standards

- Information systems analysis, development, implementation and assessment

- Software systems development, software architectures, interoperability and standards

- Health informatics education

- Research methods, research capacity development


Submissions are solicited in two categories:  1) full papers of original scientific research;  2) abstracts of work in progress, practical presentations and poster.  Papers and abstracts can be prepared either in English or French and must not have been proposed to other symposia or journals.  Full paper submissions should contain an abstract of up to 300 words and the body of about 3500 words; abstract submissions should contain 300-500 words.

An online submission system and a submission template available on the conference web site http://conf13.helina-online.org must be used.  The template contains more detailed instructions following the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journalshttp://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html. In case of difficulties while using the submission platform, please contact the conference technical team directly attechnical@helina-online.org.


Papers and abstracts will undergo a double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted full papers will be published in electronic conference proceedings with an ISBN.  At least one author must register to the conference.




Extended Deadline:                        11 August 2013

Notification of review results:          26 August 2013

Final papers and abstracts due:       16 September 2013

Conference dates:                         7-8 October 2013




Mikko Korpela, Research Director, Adjunct Professor

Chair, HELINA 2013 Scientific Programme Committee

Posted: 2013-08-01
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