TITLE: Member Spotlight: Millenium Villages Project (1 of 2) Mourice Barasa
We're happy to have a dual Member Spotlight which will be happening from September 3-14.
This Member Spotlight is a variance on our usual single Member Spotlight. Our two participants are described in the following text and will run sequential participations as per the dates below.
Mourice Barasa, Regional eHealth Sector Advisor at the MDG Center of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), on Sept. 3-7 will share with us
1. The health IT projects used by MVP
2. How these projects have impacted in the way MVP is reaching the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
Mourice has worked mainly in Kenya, but in his current role he works with 6 countries in the East and Southern Africa region. His main focus is now is to implement eHealth and mHealth solutions that will provide real time data for better health care and monitoring progress towards achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Previously, Mourice worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation and at the World Agroforestry Centre. His background is in Statistical Computing and Public Health.
Dr. Andrew Kanter, Director of Health Information Systems/Medical Informatics for MVP at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will then join us Sept. 10-14 to share with us
1. Using health IT for social responsibility
2. Unplanned benefits and problems of health IT
Prior to joining Columbia, Andew spent 12 years with a medical informatics company where he helped develop the Healthmatics EHR now being sold by Allscripts in addition to providing medical terminology and consulting services. He is currently at Columbia University's Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Epidemiology (Mailman School of Public Health) while coordinating the Millennium Global Village-Network (MGV-Net) for MVP. He directs the Columbia Global eHealth Program which brings together resources from the medical school, public health school and the Earth Institute for eHealth work around the world. His work focuses on bringing real-world solutions to resource-poor settings to help them achieve the Millennium Development Goals.