Moderators

Bio

Joaquin Blaya, PhD, is currently at the Human Diagnosis Project (www.humandx.org) and a Research Fellow at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. His work focuses on the use of IT in improving health care in resource poor settings and in promoting the use of open source software and open standards to improve local capacity building and interoperability between information systems.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Brigham And Women's Hospital - BWH
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Human diagnosis project
  • Partners In Health - PIH

Bio

• Consultant Physician and Health Informatician. • Fellow Australian College of Health Informatics (2002-) • Fellow American College of Health Informatics (2004-) • President of the Australian College of Health Informatics (2007-2009). • Member AMIA International Affairs Committee • Medical Director of the transfer of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Clinical Information System from Johns Hopkins to an Australian tertiary hospital.(1984-1992) • Co-Founder of the Mosoriot Medical Record System an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project in Kenya that preceded the AMPATH and OpenMRS e-record systems. This is currently the largest open-source web based EMR for developing nations. Main focus has been on end-user acceptability of eHealth technologies. Many peer-reviewed publications on Health Informatics. • Clinical Associate Professor, School of Human Health Sciences and Menzies Institute, University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus. • Invited Visiting (Sabbatical) Professor (Sep-Nov 2010) Modena University, Italy. • Multiple peer-reviewed publications on health informatics in journals. • Health Informatics Consultant • Moderator GHDonline. (www.ghdonline.org ) • Member of the mHealth Working Group (mHealth Working Group Boston, Massachusetts)

Work Location

  • Australia

Organizations

  • American Medical Informatics Association - AMIA
  • Australasian College of Health Informatics - ACHI
Naomi Muinga

Naomi Muinga

Moderator

Bio

I am a Research Officer with Health Systems Unit (HSU) at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme Nairobi, Kenya. I studied Computer Technology(BSc.) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) and M.Sc. Health Informatics from the University of Sheffield (UK). I have been involved with database design and data management for different groups at the unit including a multisite clinical trial (OpenClinica). I have also used REDCap extensively to manage data for surveys. I have also been involved in study design, data analysis and report writing. Current work involves looking at how the use of Electronic Medical Record(EMRs) is evolving in Kenya with a special focus on open source systems and public hospitals. My interests are: communities of practice for health, social network analysis, information needs for health workers, information seeking behaviour, use of ICT in patient care and the use of ICT in information seeking.

Work Location

  • Kenya

Organization

  • KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Amal Bholah

Amal Bholah

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

I am a medical doctor working in Intensive Care Unit in Mauritius. I am currently studying Global eHealth MSc from The University of Edinburgh. Together with Dr. Beharee Kemley, we have developed Doctor Assistant which a free EMR available on Google Play. Doctor Assistant has been published in WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies.

Work Location

  • Mauritius

Organizations

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Mauritius
Paul English

Paul English

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Paul is an advisor to the GHD team. His day-job is CTO/Co-founder of www.kayak.com travel search. You can read more about him on the kayak.com site. :)

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity

Bio

Dr. Fraser is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He trained in general Medicine, Cardiology and knowledge based systems in the UK and completed a fellowship in Clinical Decision Making and Cardiology at MIT and the New England Medical Center. As the Director of Informatics and Telemedicine at Partners In Health he leads the development of web-based medical record systems and data analysis tools to support the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV in Peru, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi and the Philippines. The first system developed, the PIH-EMR, has supported the management and monitoring of over 12,000 patients receiving treatment for MDR-TB in Peru. Dr. Fraser has also led the development of the HIV-EMR, which is used to support the treatment of more than 16,000 HIV patients in rural Haiti. Dr. Fraser is a co-founder with colleagues from the Regenstrief Institute, of an international collaboration to develop flexible, open source medical record systems in developing countries - the OpenMRS collaborative. OpenMRS is now also used to support patient treatment in PIH projects in Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi and Peru as well as projects in at least ten other countries led by the Regenstrief Institute, the Millennium Villages Project and other organisations. He also leads the development of pharmacy information management systems, and has a strong interest in the evaluation of medical information systems in developing countries.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Brigham And Women's Hospital - BWH
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT
  • Partners In Health - PIH
Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Kristin L. Johnson, MPH, is a Health Information Technology (HIT) Analyst at John Snow, Inc (JSI), where her work focuses on the use of HIT to improve clinical outcomes and the delivery of health care both domestically and internationally. Kristin’s current work includes a USAID HIT project that evaluates use of HIT for continuous quality improvement of antiretroviral therapy related outcomes. Additionally, she provides monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical support for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s HIT portfolio. Kristin is also an M&E Advisor to Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support (PATS), a not-for- profit organization that supports treatment for HIV-positive children in rural China. Before joining JSI, Kristin was a Clinical Research Analyst at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she specialized in quality improvement and the evaluation of HIT.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • John Snow, Inc. - JSI
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - MGH
  • Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support - PATS
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Vinay Mohta

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Vinay Seth Mohta is the Chief Technologist for Global Health Delivery. Prior to Global Health Delivery, Vinay was a founding engineer at Endeca Technologies, a leader in the enterprise search and business intelligence space. His engineering work there encompassed algorithm development for search, faceted navigation, and analytics, design and implementation of large distributed systems, and architecting and deploying large customer projects. His work contributed to several patent-pending inventions. While at Endeca, he also led the product management, marketing, and business development for Endeca's business intelligence offering. Before Endeca, he worked on the MATLAB and Simulink products at The MathWorks. Vinay is also active in the local entrepreneurial community, helping non-profit and for-profit entrepreneurs initiate and scale up their organizations. Vinay has an SB in Computer Science from MIT and a Masters in Engineering, also from MIT.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Global Health Delivery Project
Usman Raza

Usman Raza

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Physician with MS in Health Policy & Management at Harvard, Fulbright Alum. Currently serving as Director Public Health Interventions for a national NGO in Pakistan. Previously worked at National AIDS Control Program (Global Fund's Round 9) in Pakistan. Experience in teaching public health and managing health development projects in Pakistan. Interests include Health Information Technology and Health Care Quality.

Work Location

  • Pakistan

Organizations

  • National AIDS Control Programme, Pakistan
  • Prime Foundation Pakistan