Dapo Adejumo is a medical doctor with core interests and competence in Public Health Informatics, DHIS Implementations, Mobile Health as well as Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs. He has worked for the Health Information Systems Program in Nigeria since 2009 mainly in the implementation of the DHIS in Nigeria and directly provides senior technical support to the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria on the implementation of the DHIS2 for the National Health Management Information System.
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Anna has the role as Customer Relations Lead for EMEA with the IHTSDO, the non-for profit organisation owning and maintaining the health language SNOMED CT. Prior to joining the IHTSDO she was leading and managing the National eHealth strategy at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Sweden. With extra responsibility of the ministry's international eHealth activities she was co-coordinator of european eHealth project epSOS as well as work package leader and highly active in several EU, as well as Nordic, eHealth projects and networks.
Prior to the ministry Anna worked at the National Board of Health and Welfare as part of the management team setting up the SNOMED CT national release centre and working towards SNOMED CT adoption nationally. Anna has been associated with the IHTSDO since 2007, representing Sweden in a number of groups including the General Assembly and the Member Forum.
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Dr Julius Awakame is the Founder and President of the West African Health Informatics Fellowship Program (WAHIFP). He is also the Director of the West African Centre for Health Informatics (WACHI) at the Health Information Management Department of the Anglican University College of Technology in Ghana where Dr Awakame is also a lecturer and Head of Department. He has a medical degree and worked in the area of mental health for many years in the UK until recently when he discontinued frontline clinical work to focus exclusively on a health informatics career.
Dr Julius Awakame was born in Ghana where he obtained his basic medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School in 1993. He worked as a medical officer in Ghana for a few years before leaving to the UK. In the UK, he worked as a clinician in mental health while studying part-time towards a gradual change of career into health informatics. He qualified as Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Database Administrator (MCSE & MCDBA) between 2000 and 2001. Soon after, he obtained a scholarship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to study for a Masters Degree at the Centre for Health informatics and Multi-professional Education, at the University College of London. He obtained his MSc in Health Informatics in 2005. For his MSc project, he explored the challenges associated with the implementation of encryption technologies and Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs) in clinical settings in the UK National Health Service. He also passed the Foundation Stage of the PRINCE II Project Management Examination.
In September 2009, soon after the commencement of his PhD studies at the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI), University of Leeds, he obtained a Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Sponsorship Award for a 6-week sabbatical to the Public Health Informatics Department of the University of Washington, Seattle, as part of the Research Mobility Program of WUN where he had the inspiration to set up the West African Health Informatics Fellowship Program. During the sabbatical, Dr Awakame attended a 4-week training on “Mobile and Cloud Computing for Developing Regions” at the School of Computing and Engineering. In September 2010, he participated as a Fellow in the AMIA Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBS) Project in developing open educational materials for health informatics training in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the UK, he was a member of the Africa-UK Diaspora Telemedicine Working Group. He also has a permanently valid certification status with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) from the USA, after passing the Step I & II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examinations. He worked in various hospitals in the UK National Health Service from1997 to 2014 in the field of Psychiatry.
Dr Awakame has now given up active medical practice in order to focus on health informatics. He is a member of and provides informatics support to the Mental Health Educators in the Diaspora (MHED), a UK-based mental health charity involved in mental health pre-service training in medical and nursing colleges in Ghana. He belongs to the global community of OpenMRS Implementers. He also does basic programming of Visual Basic, HTML, XML/XForms, Java, J2ME, and Android.
Dr Awakame is a 6th year (part-time) PhD student in (Mental) Health Informatics, at the Yorkshire Centre University of Leeds, UK. His PhD project examines the challenges and opportunities related to the use of mobile computing platforms for community mental healthcare delivery in resource-constrained settings of sub-Saharan Africa, with focus on Ghana. The infrastructure for the project is a mobile tele-psychiatry platform consisting of cloud-based OpenMRS backend, coupled to an open-source Android-based mobile application. This platform can support mobile-based tele-psychiatry in resource-constrained settings such as Africa. In 2011 the PhD tele-psychiatry software platform, was a runner-up in the ‘Top 11 In 2011 Innovators Challenge’ by the mHealth Alliance and The Rockefeller Foundation. HIs PhD project is one of forty-two selected by the EU PF7 eInfrastructures for Africa Project as a demonstration projects for Africa to show the use of high-speed computing in solving some of the problems Africa faces. The other WAHIFP project selected as a demo project is a collaborative cloud-based mobile EEGs/SANA tele-psychiatry project developed with the Department of Health Informatics University of San Francisco.
In 2009, from his base in the United Kingdom, he founded and incubated the West African Health Informatics Fellowship Program (WAHIFP) as a non-profit spinoff organisation of his PhD work with the support of his department at the University of Leeds. He is currently the Founder & President of WAHIFP - a global network of collaborating individuals and institutions, focuses on harnessing support from the international health informatics community, including Diaspora health informaticians towards capacity building for ehealth in the West African sub-region. WAHIFP now boasts over 500 individual members globally and over 24 institutional members or collaborators. Dr Awakame has recent relocated from the UK to Ghana, and is currently in the process of setting up the West African Centre for Health Informatics (WACHI) as the operational hub of WAHIFP to be hosted within the Health Information Management Department at the Nkoranza Campus of Anglican University College of Technology where he is also the Head of Department of Health Information Management and Director of WACHI. WAHIFP is now regarded as one of the Research Infrastructures Health Informatics in Africa and is to be supported for development as such. Dr Awakame is currently discussing a collaborative project between WAHIFP and the West African Research and Educational Network (WACREN) to set up einfrastructures to support mobile health across West Africa. Dr Awakame is the web-master for WAHIFP and also manages the web-hosting platform for the WAHIFP website.
He has recently co-authored an article in the latest edition of the Ghana Medical Journal, titled ‘Implementing the Mental Health Act in Ghana: Any Challenges ahead?’ enumerating the various challenges to overcome in the implementation of the recently passed Mental Health Act in Ghana. Dr Awakame will be presenting a paper co-authored with Prof Bill Bosl of the Department of Health Informatics, University f San Francisco on using e-infrastructures to support mobile health in West Africa at the impending WACREN 2015 Conference in Abuja.
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Innovator, Entrepreneur & Consultant grounded in Computer Science focus with growing “up-to-date Business model”. Solidly experienced in informatics at both national and international level.
Currently Aspire to serve my Professional Knowledge & skills to Mankind. I am Reliable and Trustworthy. Proven communication skills, strategic Prioritization & Business Intelligence capacity in major areas of eHealth for successful achievement of eHealth vision.
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Luke Bawo coordinates monitoring and evaluation, research and health information systems for Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
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Dr Peter Benjamin is the Executive Director of HealthEnabled, a non-profit organisation registered in South Africa seeking to align digital health policy, programs and user needs to ensure the integration of sustainable, scaled up, effective digital health tools into national health systems.
An ICT expert with over 20 years of experience leading research and policy projects and organizations, Peter has been involved in a wide range of ICT for social change initiatives, including extensive work on mobile Health. Amongst other things, he founded the LINK Centre for research and education into ICT policy at the University of Witwatersrand, was the Managing Director of Cell-life for seven years and headed up the Capacity Building arm of the global mHealth Alliance.
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Shinaaz Bhana is a training coordinator at HISP-SA. She is an experienced learning development and quality assuarnce manager. Her experience includes coordinating learning programme development and accreditation, managing large learnig programmes, and cooridnating learning quality assurance processes.
Shinaaz has served as General Manager of South African consultancy Greenfield Management Solutions and Training Advisor to Acfee. Under her watch, Shinaaz has guided the training of over 2,000 individuals in a range of different subjects.
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Yuval is a Director at the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee). He specializes in the conception and development of eHealth services. He has experience working on targeted eHealth applications, including leading the development of a commercial suite of eHealth services, and working internationally for the European Space Agency on numerous projects in the Integrated Applications Promotion programme.
Yuval initially joined tinTree International eHealth in 2012 and has since been involved in a number of African projects. Recent activity includes support to the Botswana Ministry of Health to revise key aspects of their eHealth Strategy and support for developing tinTree's eHealth and mHealth impact assessment methodolgy.
During his time with ESA he had specific deep responsibilities on the the satellite-enhanced eHealth and telemedicine for sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA) programme and it's studies evaluating eHealth development, fertility and readiness across 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. On completion with his contract with ESA he joined the tinTree team to support their eHealth work, specifically focusing on maintaining and developing tinTree's eHealth regulation model and eHealth readiness indeces.
Yuval has a highly inter-disciplinary scientific and engineering background, and focuses on integrated applications and solutions using a wide range of methodologies and infrastructure, including space-based assets. He has worked on numerous projects in the fields of eHealth, disaster response/relief, public health, natural resource management, mobile asset tracking, and many others.
Yuval has a wealth of diverse experiences that provide gim with a unique and valuable design and assessment perspective. In addition to his interest in health ICT, Yuval has a keen interest in human performance in extreme environments, such as high altitude and space. He has worked as a systems engineer on a successful balloon-sat project, and is involved in the design of a proposed Mars analogue and habitat. He has worked as a forest firefighter and urban firefighter and an inshore rescue specialist with the Canadian Coast Guard.
Yuval graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with an honors B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). In 2010 he earned his M.Sc. in Space Management from the International Space University.
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I look forward to exploring this ever-evolving learning landscape with you, and continuing to build on a mission of connected learning.
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Séan Broomhead is a clinican and health informatics specialist based in South Africa. He has worked internationally in the fields of medical informatics, public health and healthcare software development. He is a member of WHO's global technical advisory group on eHealth (eTAG) where he is one of three African advisors. He co-chair's the eTAG's eHealth Strategy working group and serves as an eHealth advisor to WHO-AFRO.
Séan is Chief Technology Officer at HISP-SA and Chairperson of the Africa Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee).
Séan's expertise covers a variety of eHealth aspects, particularly strategy, economics and impact, regulation, leadership and mobility. Sean's mHealth exposure includes participation in a collaboration with John's Hopkins School of Public Health to develop an mHealth economic evaluation guide for mHELP.
A recent project lead role includes a Study on Regulatory Aspects of eHealth for the European Space Agency, in which he led a large international consortium to conduct a year long review of the regulatory environments of 48 countries in Africa and five best-practice countries elsewhere.
Séan has worked as public health senior manager for Communicable Disease in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, director of healthcare product strategy for Oracle Corporation in Europe, Middle East and Africa and as an eHealth consultant and social entrepreneur across a number of countries in Africa.
Séan's interest in informatics was recognised in 2002 when he moved to South Africa's Northern Cape Province to establish a Department of Informatics at Kimberley Hospital Complex. Within months he was promoted to head up health information management for the province and by 2004 was Director of Communicable Disease. He led the design and implementation of the Northern Cape's integrated response to HIV & AIDS and drove efforts to reorganise disease monitoring & surveillance systems.
While in provincial senior management Dr Broomhead played a prominent role in coordinating strategic planning for the department. He implemented performance reviews and health system audits to guide policy development and strengthen management.
In 2005 Séan joined Oracle Corporation as director of healthcare product strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition to his global role in product strategy he managed multiple projects in healthcare organizations across Europe. Séan returned to South Africa in 2007 and became active in public healthcare projects focusing on knowledge management, organisational development, clinical governance and skills development. Leveraging his diverse international experience he proceeded to launch a private health management consultancy and later non-profit tinTree International ehealth, where he now leads a global team of highly skilled eHealth and public health professionals. Séan is currently leading tinTree in a partnership with the University of Cape Town to establish a Centre for eHealth Excellence for Africa.
Séan is motivated by the prospect of advancing sustainable health and healthcare through eHealth. He is cofounder and board member of the South African Telemedicine Association (SATMA), tinTree International eHealth Leadership and Development Network and eHealth News Africa.
Séan is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town and is affiliated with the University of KwaZulu-Natal for his PhD work, which focuses on building appropriate eHealth Impact assessment methodologies for use in Africa.
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