Strengthening Equity through Applied Research Capacity Building in e-Health
There exists limited understanding of how e-Health solutions are perceived, designed, implemented and used. This goes beyond considerations related to automation, power supplies and affordability. Rather, it refers to context-specific, politically-aware and socially sensitive examination of how various ICTs are being appropriated, who is being included and excluded in the process, and whether the incorporation of ICTs is leading to more equitable health outcomes. The Strengthening Equity through Applied Research Capacity Building in e-Health (SEARCH) program will cultivate local research capacity to examine e-health and whether it leads to improved health equity and stronger health systems. Emphasis will be placed on methodological and analytical rigor, and policy dialogue. The first phase of SEARCH will involve scoping studies and workshops, with will elaborate the research agenda for the remainder of the program.