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The Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2019 was held on October 8 and 9, 2019 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit agenda, centered around the theme “Digital Building Blocks for a Patient Centered Healthcare System”, featured local and international speakers.

The 300-plus attendees included hospital CXOs, medical practitioners, healthcare IT leaders, service providers and government representatives, who learned about new technologies that are transforming healthcare in Africa and took away best practices that were shared in transformation success stories.

Data-driven healthcare delivery

Dr. Joel Kahn, Chief Medical Officer for First Line Software was the presenter for a session titled: Data Driven Healthcare - How to Use Data to Improve the Quality of Healthcare. He spoke about the challenges with using healthcare data in a meaningful way.

While healthcare is a data-driven industry, there is very little standardization or consistency of terminology and concepts across institutions and frequently within a single institution. Dr. Kahn shared steps healthcare organizations can take to standardize their data and extract valuable insights that can be used to improve the quality of their healthcare delivery.

“During the conference, Dr. Joel Kahn and I met with many attendees to discuss the specific digital transformation processes they are currently focusing on at their healthcare institutions,” commented First Line SVP Vladimir Litoshenko. “Our company has built up significant expertise in healthcare technology from our work with many hospitals and research organizations in the US, Canada, Australia and EU. Expertise that can be applied to healthcare technology projects for organizations in South Africa.”

If you didn’t have an opportunity to meet with us during the conference, Contact Us to schedule a brief call and tell us about your healthcare technology initiatives. We will share details about how First Line Software’s expertise in healthcare IT can be instrumental in helping your organization achieve your transformation initiatives.

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David Tedford

Vice President

David Tedford has over 20 years of sales experience within the IT/software industry. He excels at being immersed in a customer's environment, understanding his customers requirements, crafting solutions to meet those requirements, and ultimately providing solutions to his customers.

Vladimir Litoshenko

Senior Vice President

As the head of business development for First Line Software, Vladimir heads up business development in Western Europe and Russia.

Vladimir began his career in IT in 2002, when, as a student of Faculty of Automation of Computer Science of the First Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”), he began his work at The Morfizpribor Central Research Institute (CRI). Vladimir joined the StarSoft team (predecessor of First Line Software) in 2004 as a Junior Software Developer. As he gained experience with more and more projects, he was promoted to leadership roles.

Richard Leslie

UK Business Development

Richard has over 15 years of sales and account management expertise in the IT and Tech sector. He has worked on many outsourcing engagements with global companies.

David Fien


David is a business development professional with more than 20 years’ experience as a specialist in the acquisition of partnerships and IT/software services for associations, not-for profits and corporations in Australia, New Zealand and USA. He has specific expertise in the healthcare, legal and hospitality industries.