Hosted by BES and the mSupply Foundation


Digital Health Users Forum

28-30 August 2023 | Nalagi Hotel | Nadi, Fiji



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Executive Summary

The inaugural Indo-Pacific Digital Health Users Forum was held on August 28th-30th, 2023 in Nadi, Fiji, bringing together the region’s leading digital health experts and end users for the first time.

Jointly hosted by BES and the mSupply Foundation, and sponsored by DFAT and MFAT, the forum hosted 134 speakers and participants from 15 countries and territories: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand.

Development partners in attendance included representatives from DFAT, WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN), and the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW).

A selection of sessions was also live-streamed to an online audience, with 108 unique viewers joining across the 3 days (and a total of 10,654 viewing minutes online).

The forum focused on commonly used digital health solutions in the region, and included a series of presentations, case studies, feature demonstrations, technical masterclasses and keynote addresses.

There was a focus on the use of digital health systems for electronic health records, health supply chains, laboratory information management, and public health data, with the overarching themes of integrated digital health systems, regional collaboration, and the use of data for decision-making.

Featured Speakers

Hon. Dr Atonio Rabici Lalabalavu

Minister for Health, Republic of Fiji

Lenara Tupa'i-Fui

Chair, Pacific Health Information Network

Dr Lucas de Toca

First Ass. Sec. Global Health Division, DFAT

Rumanusina Maua-Maualaivao

Health Information Systems (Digital Health) Adviser, The Pacific Community

Vicki Bennett

Unit Head MIMCU, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Dhanya Herath

Operations Lead, mSupply Foundation

Recorded Presentations



Hon. Dr. Atonio Rabici Lalabalavu (Minister for Health, Republic of Fiji)

Dr. Lucas de Toca PSM (First Ass. Sec. Global Health Division, DFAT)

Lenara Tupa'i-Fui (Chair, Pacific Health Information Network)

Vicki Bennett (Unit Head MIMCU, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

Vinaisi Bechu (Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services)

Emily Porrello (Head of Programs, BES)

Emi Lewatoro (Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services) and Jess Jago (TMF)

Safiya Nur (Fiji mSupply/Tupaia Deployment Manager, BES)

Dr Christine Lifuka Alopua (Tuvalu Ministry of Health)

Teuila Pati (Samoa Ministry of Health)

Navin Karan (VIDRL)

Whitni Joseph (BES, Palau)

Sahar Etesam (BES, LIMS Program Manager)

Grahame Grieve (HL7, FHIR Product Director)

John Morley (Associate Director, Plan International)

Ass Prof Craig Dalton (Hunter New England/

Panel discussion (Lenara Tupa'i-Fui, Whitni Joseph, Vae Keppa)