SCALABILITY: How to take your telehealth program to the next level

Webinar - September 30, 2021

The Healthcare Disparities and Digital Health Working Group (HDDH) of the ISfTeH presents and webinar on September 30th (12pm EDT - 6pm CEST) on the topic of "SCALABILITY: How to take your telehealth program to the next level."


Saleem Sayani
Director, Technology Innovation Support Centre, Aga Khan University (AKU)
Director, Aga Khan Development Network Digital Health Resource Centre (AKDN dHRC)
Lecturer, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University
Digital Health Expert, World Health Organization


Dr. Michele Y. Griffith
Founder 21stMD (USA)
Board Member, ISfTeH
Chair, ISfTeH HDDH Working Group

Saleem Sayani is a digital health transformation leader, with over 30 years of international experience in delivering innovative technology solutions that drive change and business success. He has played an instrumental role at various organisations in implementing technology solutions that foster innovation and promote quality health care provision to underserved, vulnerable populations.
As Director of Aga Khan Development Network Digital Health Resource Centre (AKDN dHRC) he spearheads and manages digital health systems and a portfolio of innovative digital health projects, programmes, and solutions. He provides leadership, strategic direction, and guidance across AKDN entities to deliver health care services and learning programmes in South-Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Saleem leverages public-private partnerships (PPPs) and works with key policy makers, stakeholders, and researchers to strengthen health systems at the grass-root level by enabling health workers and community health centres to provide quality, low-cost services through digital health solutions. His has led the design and development of international award-winning mobile applications for use by community health workers, including vaccinators and lady health workers, namely, Nighedaasht and Hayat’s primitive version. After proven success, Hayat’s upgraded version has successfully been adopted by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan into routine health worker operations.
He has helped nurture a culture of creativity and innovation within AKDN, which has resulted in 12 patentable digital health ideas/solutions in biomedical engineering, nine of which Saleem is the primary innovator for.
For the past eight years, Saleem has been leading and providing strategic support to digital health projects and programmes, funded by multilateral donor organisations, including the AKDN Digital Health Programme of USD 4.1 million, funded by the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD); Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC); Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva; French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Global Affairs Canada; Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW); Roshan Telecom; and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the delivery of quality health care and capacity building services across South-Central Asia and East Africa. The Hayat mHealth application, jointly funded by AKFC and Grand Challenges Canada with CAD 2 million, helps improve the coverage of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) services provided by community health workers by digitalizing health worker operations and enabling remote monitoring and tracking of activities by government administrators. The COVID-19 Innovation Research Project (CIRP), funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and AKFC, aims to test COVID-related digital health innovations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the Foundation for Health (F4H) grant of USD 50 million works towards the further expansion of the AKDN Digital Health Programme in medically underserved regions across South-Central Asia and East Africa.

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