Expert Panels

GHDonline Expert Panels are virtual, week-long events that bring together leading experts to share their knowledge and discuss key issues in the field.

Expert Panels are free and open to all members.

Recent and upcoming Expert Panels

TB Among Migrants

January 16 – 20, 2017

Tuberculosis Among Migrants

This Expert Panel will discuss ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB among migrants and internally displaced people. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

Past Expert Panels

November 14 – 18, 2016

Bridging the Language Gap: Overcoming Language Barriers in Health Care

This Expert Panel explored the impact of language barriers on access to health services, quality of care, and patient outcomes. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

November 7 – 11, 2016

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: Implications for Care Delivery

This Expert Panel examined the implications of the opioid epidemic on care delivery. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

July 25 – 29, 2016

Project Spotlight: ORB and Open Deliver

Our second Project Spotlight examined Open Deliver, a process for creating, adapting, and delivering digital content and providing this content to frontline health workers. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

June 13 – 20, 2016

Supporting the Informal Caregiver: Implications for an Aging Society

This Expert Panel explored the needs of informal caregivers and various strategies for meeting them. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

May 16 – 20, 2016

Overcoming Barriers to High-Quality TB Treatment During HIV Co-infection

This Expert Panel explored strategies to overcome barriers to high-quality treatment and effective management of TB in the setting of HIV co-infection. Read more.

Communities: HIV Treatment & Prevention MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

March 28 – April 1, 2016

Project Spotlight: Interoperability in Australia

Our first Project Spotlight highlighted information from the Australian experience about what is needed for national-level health data interoperability. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

December 7 – 11, 2015

Practical Evaluation Designs for Improving the Quality of Health Care Implementation

This Expert Panel engaged those interested in evaluating health system interventions in a discussion regarding evaluation approaches to implementing health care improvements. Read more.

Communities: Quality & Safety Population Health

December 7 – 11, 2015

Designing Provider Incentives

During this Breakthrough Opportunities Event, the GHDonline community shared and discussed a vast array of novel ideas for designing provider incentives to promote higher-value health care and improved health outcomes. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

November 16 - 20, 2015

Preventing Cross Border Transmission of Malaria

This Expert Panel discussed the significant challenge of cross border malaria transmission, and the current as well as past efforts for control. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

November 2 - 6, 2015

Understanding the Role of Technology in Patient-Provider Relationships

This Expert Panel explored the role technology plays in the patient-provider relationship, and addressed how this technology is reshaping communication between patients and providers. Read more.

Communities: Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery

October 19 - 23, 2015

Clinically Integrated Supply Chains

This Expert Panel examined strategies for building clinically integrated supply chains. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery Global Surgery & Anesthesia Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery

October 12 - 16, 2015

Initating End-of-Life Care Conversations

This Expert Panel reviewed best practices for initiating conversations about end-of-life care among different populations in diverse settings. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery Population Health

September 21 - October 2, 2015

Advancing Care Delivery: Driving Demand and Supply of Diagnostics

This Expert Panel considered methods for driving innovation and access in global health diagnostics. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

July 20 - 24, 2015

The Expansion of Digital Clinical Resources

This Expert Panel explored the role of digital clinical resources in medical education and patient care. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery Global Surgery & Anesthesia Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery

July 6 - 10, 2015

Anti-TB Drugs and Arrhythmia: Theoretical Concern or Real Risk?

This Expert Panel analyzed the risk of QT prolongation in emerging drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) therapy. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

June 8 - 12, 2015

Knowledge Dissemination and Outreach Education: Implementation Strategies

Experts from the US and around the world discussed strategies being used to facilitate the dissemination and translation of evidence-based recommendations into practice. Read more.

Communities: Innovating Health Care Delivery Population Health Quality & Safety

June 1 - 5, 2015

Designing Health IT: From Health Systems Design to User Interfaces

With a clear need to pay closer attention to health IT design, this panel examined its role in effecting outcomes and ways to make improvements. Read more.

Communities: Innovating Health Care Delivery Population Health Quality & Safety

May 25 - 29, 2015

Addressing Mental Health Stigma

This Expert Panel discussed challenges associated with reducing mental health stigma and ways to address these misperceptions. Read more.

Communities: Non-communicable Diseases Population Health Young Professional's Chronic Disease

May 25 - 29, 2015

Patient Preferences for New TB Diagnostic Tests

This Expert Panel sought to get broad input on the values of people who may potentially benefit from new diagnostic tests for TB, such as LAM and TB-LAMP. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

May 25 - 29, 2015

Diagnostic Error Reduction

This Expert Panel evaluated research on ways to address diagnostic errors in a range of settings. Read more.

Communities: Quality & Safety

January 19 - 23, 2015

Health Literacy to Patient Engagement

This Expert Panel examined methods of measuring the effectiveness of health literacy in enabling patient self-care and navigation of the health care system. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

January 19 - 23, 2015

Role of Surgery in Management of Tuberculosis

This Expert Panel convened experts to discuss the role of surgery in the treatment of tuberculosis. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

December 15 – 19, 2014

Community Initiatives to Improve Health Insurance Enrollment

This Expert Panel examined best practices and strategies for improving health insurance enrollment in the United States. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

December 1 – 19, 2014

Breakthrough Opportunities in Health IT for Patient Engagement

The Commonwealth Fund and the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University partnered to find Breakthrough Opportunities and Ideas in health IT for patient engagement. This Expert Panel examined these global challenges and called for voices from around the world to identify solutions. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

November 3 - 7, 2014

Quality Improvement Strategies for Ambulatory Care Settings

This Expert Panel assesed best practicces for designing and implementing quality improvement programs in ambulatory care settings. Read more.

Communities: Quality & Safety

November 3 - 7, 2014

Reducing Readmissions, Improving Transitions in Care

This video Expert Panel featured a dialogue with Dr. Jeffrey Schnipper on reducing readmissions by improving transitions in care. Read more.

Communities: [ARCHIVED] Costs of Care Population Health Quality & Safety

September 29 - October 3, 2014

Launching a Health Literacy Initiative: Implementation Strategies

This Expert Panel reviewed health literacy programs in a range of settings and examined implementation strategies for launching new programs. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

August 18 - 22, 2014

Primary Care Integrated, Complex Care Management

This Expert Panel covered best practices for complex care management in a variety health care settings across the United States. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

August 18 - 22, 2014

Stopping Resurgent Malaria In Mutasa Area Of Zimbabwe

This Expert Panel gathered lessons learnt from Mutasa through the voice of the national control programme personnel at the battlefront. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

May 5 – 9, 2014

The Future of Point-of-Care Technologies in Cancer Care

This Expert Panel discussed current needs and future opportunities for point of care technologies in cancer care. Read more.

Communities: Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery Non-communicable Diseases Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network

March 31 - April 4, 2014

Improving Equity through Health IT in the US and Internationally

This Expert Panel examined strategies and shared examples of technology improving equity and reducing disparities. Read more.

Communities: Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery

March 31 - April 4, 2014

New Medicines and Novel Approaches for MDR-TB

This Expert Panel shared the latest new medicines and treatment regimens for MDR-TB. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

March 3 - 7, 2014

Care Coordination and the Iora Health Model

This Expert Panel focused on the Iora Health team and their best practices for implementing care coordination in primary care practices across the US. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

March 3 - 7, 2014

The Updated WHO Policy on Xpert MTB/RIF assay: What is New and How it May Support Implementation

This Expert Panel covered risk assessment, interpretation of Xpert MTB/RIF results in different groups based on risk of DR-TB, and best practices for integrating Xpert MTB/RIF testing and conventional methods. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

December 9 - 13, 2013

Opportunities for Impact - Community Health Workers in the United States

This Expert Panel represents the first in a series of panels about how community health workers (CWHs) can and should play a role in the US health care context. Read more.

Communities: Population Health

November 18 - 22, 2013

Integrating Mental Health in the Primary Care Setting: The Case in the US and Abroad

This Expert Panel shared experiences and possible solutions to improving mental health services and the potential for integration into primary care. Read more.

Communities: Non-communicable Diseases Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network

October 28 - November 1, 2013

Connected Health for Patients: Information Technologies for Better Care

This Expert Panel examined ways patients use health IT to improve the care they receive and the utility of health IT in underserved communities. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

October 28 - November 1, 2013

Connected Health for Providers

This Expert Panel discussed the hallmarks of effective health IT for medical providers and barriers and facilitators for using these technologies to enable patient-centered care. Read more.

Communities: Health IT Innovating Health Care Delivery

September 9 - 13, 2013

Managing Health Care Delivery: Your expertise

This Expert Panel welcomed members to share their expertise to better understand the role and needs of those managing health care delivery around the world. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

September 9 - 13, 2013

Nurse Leaders: Shaping the Future of Global Health

This Expert Panel discussed strategies for nurses to take on more leadership roles in a field within which they've always worked. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery

August 19 - 23, 2013

Preventing Maternal Hemorrhage: The Case of Nigeria and Tools that Can Save Lives

This Expert Panel discussed strategies for nurses to take on more leadership roles in a field within which they've always worked. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

August 19 - 23, 2013

Creating Opportunities for Health Scientists in Disease Endemic Countries

This Expert Panel examined the current and future state of career opportunities for health scientists in countries where malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, and other tropical diseases are endemic. Read more.

Communities: HIV Treatment & Prevention Malaria Treatment & Prevention MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

August 19 - 23, 2013

Principles and Challenges in Health Innovation - U S Communities Initiative

This Expert Panel discussed the current challenges and opportunities in health innovation and shared tools and methods for developing and implementing these innovations. Read more.

Communities: Innovating Health Care Delivery

July 8 - 12, 2013

Lessons Learned in India: E-Compliance for TB Treatment by Operation ASHA

In this Expert Panel, Shelly Batra, MD, founder and president of Operation ASHA, and Abhishek Sinha, Asha's chief technical officer, discussed their e-Compliance initiative, a biometrics monitoring system for TB patients. Read more.

Communities: Health IT MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

April 8 - 12, 2013

A conversation with Ali Habib, Interactive Health Solutions, Pakistan

This Member Spotlight aimed to gain the experiences of Ali Habib, CEO of Interactive Health Solutions (IHS) and previously Director of Informatics at Interactive Research and Development (IRD) in Pakistan. Discussion focused on implementation of these solutions in resource limited settings. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

April 1 - 5, 2013

A conversation with Dr. Bill Jobin: Managing Malaria with Engineering and Public Health Interventions

This Expert Panel explored the current state and future configuration of anti-vector interventions designed to prevent malaria transmission through the suppression of anopheline mosquito vectors. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

February 25 - March 1, 2013

Building Capacity for Diagnostics

This Expert Panel discussed lessons learned and shared solutions for overcoming common challenges in diagnostic capacity building. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

January 21 - 25, 2013

A conversation with Usman Raza on Health IT in Pakistan

This Member Spotlight focused on the work of Usman Raza and his thoughts on the current state of Health IT in Pakistan. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

December 10 - 14, 2012

Scaling-up GeneXpert MTB/RIF

This Expert Panel aimed to draw practical guidelines for scaling-up the use of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

July 23 - 27, 2012

Lessons learned in Malawi: Discuss with Terrie Taylor

This Member Spotlight focused on the work of Terrie Taylor, DO, a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, and leader of the Blantyre Malaria Project in Malawi. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

July 16 - 20, 2012

eLearning and you - Impact and Possibilities in eHealth for Individuals and Organisations

This Expert Panel explored how eLearning affects education and learning, and the possibilities it can provide us and the organizations we work in. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

June 25 - 29, 2012

Managing Insecticides for Malaria Control

This Expert Panel examined the future of malaria vector control and insecticides in the absence of an international database for malaria vector surveillance. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

June 25 - 29, 2012

Community Health Workers and Nurses Working Together

This Expert Panel addressed strategies for empowering and improving the relationship between nurses and community health workers (CWHs). Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery

May 14 - 18, 2012

OpenMRS Implementers: Experiences and Lessons Learned

This Expert Panel gathered lessons learned from OpenMRS implementation. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

April 2 - 6, 2012

Implementing Quality Management Systems to Strengthen Laboratory Capacity

This Expert Panel gathered lessons learned from OpenMRS implementation. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

April 2 - 6, 2012

Integrating M&E for Health Systems Strengthening

This Expert Panel examined ways to integrate M&E into programs to support health systems strengthening. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

February 20 - 24, 2012

Creating, Working in, and Evaluating Telemedicine Projects

This Expert Panel explored the benefits and lessons learned in starting and continuing telemedicine projects in low resource settings. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

February 20 - 24, 2012

Management of Second Line anti-TB Drugs: Getting it Right

This Expert Panel addressed challenges associated with managing second line anti-TB drugs (SLD). Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

February 6 - 10, 2012

Surgical Training in Resource-Limited Settings

This Expert Panel discussed strategies for developing, implementing, and sustaining contextually appropriate surgical training programs. Read more.

Communities: Global Surgery & Anesthesia

January 7 - 11, 2012

Lessons learned in Zambia: Discuss with Dr. Phil Thuma

This Member Spotlight recognized the work of Phil Thuma, MD, Senior Scientific Advisor and founder of the Macha Research Trust (MRT), doing business as the Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM) in Zambia. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

November 7 - 11, 2011

Strengthening Health Systems: The Role of NGOs

This Expert Panel examined the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in strengthening health systems. Read more.

Communities: Sitewide

September 19 - 23, 2011

Building Nurse Mentoring Programs focused on Quality Improvement

This Expert Panel explored strategies for integrating monitoring and evaluation into nurse mentoring interventions. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery

July 5 - 20, 2011

Delivering Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests: Challenges from End-Users to Policy

This Expert Panel addressed the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), the challenges with interpreting test results in context,and the importance of quality assurance/quality control programs in RDTs. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

July 5 - 20, 2011

Delivering Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests: Challenges from End-Users to Policy

This Expert Panel addressed the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), the challenges with interpreting test results in context,and the importance of quality assurance/quality control programs in RDTs. Read more.

Communities: Malaria Treatment & Prevention

June 12 - 24, 2011

Funding challenges for non-Communicable diseases in resource-limited settings

This Expert Panel discussed challenges and solutions associated with finding funding for non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings. Read more.

Communities: Non-communicable diseases

June 13 - 17, 2011

Enhancing Training Capacity to Strengthen Pre-hospital Trauma Care in Developing Countries

In this Expert Panel, emergency medicine and trauma care experts with experience working on every continent led a discussion around designing, implementing, and evaluating pre-hospital care training courses. Read more.

Communities: Global Surgery & Anesthesia

May 9 - 20, 2011

Challenges in Rolling-out the GeneXpert MTB/RIF Diagnostic Test in Resource-Limited Settings

This Expert Panel covers challenges of rolling-out the Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test, especially in resource-limited settings. Read more.

Communities: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention

April 11 - 15, 2011

Sharing Nursing Lessons on Improving ART Adherence in Patients with Complex Needs

This Expert Panel examines cultural considerations and system-level modifications necessary to better care for HIV patients with complex needs. Read more.

Communities: Global Health Nursing & Midwifery

March 28 - April 1, 2011

Building sustainable partnerships to strengthen surgical and anesthesia capacity in resource-poor settings

This Expert Panel discusses strategies for building sustainable and equitable partnerships to strengthen surgical and anesthesia capacity in resource-poor settings. Read more.

Communities: Global Surgery & Anesthesia

March 7 - 11, 2011

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): A promising, novel HIV prevention strategy

This Expert Panel explores potential barriers and facilitators to implementing PreP as an emerging HIV prevention strategy in clinical settings. Read more.

Communities: [ARCHIVED] HIV Prevention

November 15 - 19, 2010

Wireless Technologies for Monitoring and Adherence

This Expert Panel explored the use of wireless technologies to monitor and improve patient adherence to HIV therapies. Read more.

Communities: [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention

July 19 - 30, 2010

Local Software Development for Global eHealth

This Expert Panel discussed in-country coding and the development of local eHealth capacity. Read more.

Communities: Health IT

April 19 - 30, 2010

Health IT for Disaster Relief and Rebuilding: Lessons from post-earthquake Haiti

This Expert Panel examines technical barriers and facilitators to building emergency communications channels during disasters. Read more.

Communities: Health IT