I-TECH worked in Vietnam from 2011 to 2017, providing technical assistance in areas ranging from health information systems to curriculum development.
Health Information System Technical Assistance
From 2011-2017, I-TECH provided high-level technical assistance to the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC), specifically supporting the development and rollout of an electronic health information system (eClinica) and participating in discussions related to designing a national e-health architecture. I-TECH’s support has focused in the Ho Chi Minh City Region, where we supported the Provincial AIDS Committee (PAC) in the development of eClinica for use at outpatient health facilities to use for point of use and reporting. I-TECH disseminated “A Plan for National eHealth Infrastructure in Vietnam” to CDC, VAAC, and the WHO Health Management Information System (HMIS) team. The document includes technical recommendations for a national eHealth interoperability plan. The stakeholders in Vietnam can use the document to establish interoperability for a national eHealth infrastructure.
Curriculum Development Capacity Building with Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN)
A two-year collaboration (2010-2012) with Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN) ended with a successful transition. HAIVN invited I-TECH to help build a curriculum development team in order to revise and fully package some of their curricula. After they found the right people in country, I-TECH provided three in-person, two-week instructional design and training management technical assistance sessions, as well as a good deal of technical assistance via Skype, email, etc. At the end of the project, successes included:
- Two highly skilled curriculum developers, one who is also now a training manager
- A completed Adult ART Training which is being piloted this month
- A draft Pediatric ART training
- A completed HIV basics training
- A intermediate level clinical mentoring training
Supporting Continuing Medical Education
I-TECH supported the Vietnamese Ministry of Health Division of Science and Training to develop a National Strategy for Continuing Medical Education (CME). From 2011-2013, I-TECH worked closely with faculty from Hue University and other institutions, and led a needs assessment and final report for informing the national strategy. In addition to the support of the national strategy, I-TECH worked with Hanoi Medical University and Treatment, Research, and Expert Education (TREE) to develop capacity for hosting and delivering online CME modules related to HIV care. By the end of the project, I-TECH launched a website with 24 hours of online CME content. University of Washington faculty included Drs. Wendy Johnson and Michael Chung.
Improving Research Capacity in Vietnam
From 2011 to 2014, I-TECH supported the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to provide research methods training to Vietnamese scientists from Hanoi School of Public Health and the Pasteur Institute. The aim of the training was to improve the quality of epidemiological research and surveillance in Vietnam, and increase the number of epidemiological research studies conducted by Vietnamese nationals. The training included a short course in Vietnam on research methods, a workshop at UCSF, and then a follow up training in Vietnam on data analysis and data management. The team at UCSF, led by Dr. Jeff Mandel, provided mentorship to the Vietnamese scientist participants as they carried out their research studies.