|PS18||WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014||ROOM: LEMAN
|Improving Health Information Systems for Better Decision Making
|Mr. Hazim Timimi
Data Manager, Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation, World Health OrganizationSwitzerland
|Best Practices for Building an Integrated National Health Information System: Rwanda
Dr. Caricia Catalani
Senior Researcher, Innovative Support to Emergency, Disease, & Disaster (InSTEDD) & University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, United States
|Prof. Don De Savigny
Head, Health Systems Interventions Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
I am a researcher, focusing on digital innovations for health. I started working in the health field at age 16, as a physician’s assistant in our family-run urgent care clinic in the rainy Pacific Northwest of the United States. Since then, I’ve worked in an emergency room in a tough neighborhood in New York City, a sex workers’ union in the Dominican Republic, devastated neighborhoods in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, US government health departments across the coasts, a cigar factory in Cuba, one of the world’s biggest private health insurance companies, a women’s health advocacy powerhouse in Washington, DC, a milky-eyed shamanic healer’s hut on the border of Cameroon, a teen health and empowerment center in San Francisco low-income housing, and clinics with mud floors and tin roofs throughout the African continent. These days, I spend most of my time as a research consultant to eHealth, mHealth, and digital innovation projects at ministries of health, hospitals, and non-governmental organizations around the world (especially in Rwanda, Cambodia, Kenya, India, Canada, and the USA). I am faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where I teach courses on digital innovations for health. Awesome comedy improv and freestyle rap give me a lot of joy. I spend countless hours learning from my four-month old and three-year old daughters, as we grow up together in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Professor de Savigny is an epidemiologist and public health specialist and currently Head of the Health Systems Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. He has extensive experience in conducting and facilitating health research in developing countries and has lived and worked for many years in Africa. He chairs or is a member of a number of WHO, RBM, Global Fund, and TDR advisory committees and networks such as COHRED, the Health Metrics Network and the INDEPTH Network. His current research focuses on interventions to strengthen health systems in developing countries, and on the health system effects of Global Health Initiatives for scaling up access.