Onesmus Mwaura Kamau
Onesmus Kamau has been working with the Ministry of Health in Kenya for the last 18 years in various positions. He previously worked at the Division of Health Information Systems where he was instrumental in setting up the initial automated systems to support Health Information Systems in the Health Sector. He has rich knowledge in health information systems, systems development Information Technology and public health epidemiology, Public Health Informatics.
Mr. Kamau is a member of the Advisory Board of Acfee.
Mr. Kamau is an Alumni of Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya where he obtained Honors Degree in Information Technology. He also holds Master’s degree in Public Health specializing in Epidemiology and Disease Control from Kenya Methodist University. He also specialty includes Health IT, Systems Development, Systems and Data Security, Policy development, cyber crime, mHealth applications development, strategy development, enterprise architecture development, Standards formulation and systems adoption and Implementation.
Mr. Kamau started his successful informatics career in the public service about 20 years ago in Kenya. He has worked as a health informatics expert at various levels before assuming his current role in the national government as the Head of e-Health Development & Systems Strengthening Unit. His mandate includes coordination of e-Health Development in the health sector, stakeholder’s coordination and acting as team lead in Health innovations and system strengthening to support service delivery.
Mr. Kamau set up the e-Health development Unit at the Ministry of Health, established the National Systems Service Desk to support health information systems, developed the first Kenya e-Health Systems Interoperability standards and Guidelines, developed the EMR standards and Guidelines for Kenya, developed the only OpenMRS Electronic Health Records System being piloted in two regions in Kenya, and is currently developing MOVEIT Platform to support Births and Deaths data collection at community level using community health workers. He achieved best country presentation during regional digital health meeting on reproductive and maternal child health held at Malawi in May 2015.
Health informatics, Electronic Health Records, Mobile Health, Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records, Data Mining, and Data Security in health information systems.
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eHealth in Mali is moving ahead quickly. Helping to drive this is Dr Ousmane Ly, the General Director of National Agency of TeleHealth and Medical Informatics at Mali’s Ministry of Health. A unique, disarming style and inexhaustible passion for eHealth are two qualities that make him an effective eHealth leader.
Ousmane is both a clinician and an informatics expert. His medical degree and diploma in Medical Informatics is from the University Pierre Marie Curie in Paris. He is reading for a PhD at Brussels’ Vrije Universiteit.
Since 2002, he has led a number of important eHealth projects in the region. These include his diverse roles as head of African telemedicine projects for the Division of Medical Informatics of the University Hospitals of Geneva, executive coordinator of telemedicine projects in Mali, and appointment by West African Health Organization, WAHO in 2010 as principal consultant to develop a regional eHealth Strategic Plan for the Economic Community Of West African States ECOWAS member states. He was an independent advisor on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) eHealth for Sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA) eHealth Regulation Study that reported in May 2013, and summarised in eHealth News Africa.
Ousmane has a special interest in capacity building. He is executive secretary of the Research and Education Network of Mali (MaliREN) and leads the Capacity Building Committee in the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN). He became an associate of tinTree International eHealth, a non-profit leadership and development network supporting key projects in the region and subsequently a member of the executive board of the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee).
As African eHealth opportunities continue to expand, Ousmane is certain to play an important role, particularly in the regions Francophone countries.
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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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Peter Drury is a specialist in health information and development. He has in-depth experience of health information systems at all levels of the UK National Health Service, as well as senior experience in the private sector, and worked on development with ICT in many countries.
Having as a child and young adult lived and worked in Ghana, and with qualifications to PhD level in social sciences, he began to apply his interests in information management and planning at hospital level in the NHS in the 1980s. As a District Information Manager he provided input to the first National Health Information Strategy, and then began work in the 1990s, on a consultancy basis, for the Department of Health in England. He was the project manager for several key programmes, including the NHS Information for Health strategy of 1997. He became a senior civil servant and established the NHS Information Policy Unit (46 staff) for the Department of Health, which commissioned work from the NHS Information Authority (750 staff and a budget of £126m). He was a key member of the team that developed the policy for the 2003 National Programme for NHS IT.
With this experience of NHS health information systems, Peter returned to Africa and, between 2004-6 worked on projects to improve health knowledge at the point of care both in hospitals and health centres around Kijabe, Kenya. This involved reviewing the potential for local Wi-Fi, WiMAX and satellite-supported health care. In 2006 he joined Cisco Systems and worked as Director, Health and Development in Emerging Markets. In this role he worked in Latin America and Russia, as well as in Kenya (advising on the Pasha Centre programme and the eHealth strategy), and in South Africa where he advised on establishing the National e-Skills programme. He has also provided advice to the WHO and the ITU on eHealth. In 2012 he left Cisco to resume consultancy on eHealth and development. He is currently working for UNICEF HQ as an eHealth Consultant, and is supporting the development of eHealth Strategies in Nepal and Lao PDR. He holds an honorary Professorship in Health Informatics at the University of Plymouth, and is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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Prof Peter Nyasulu is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Health Sciences, Monash South Africa. He is also a member of the executive board of the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) and an editor and frequent contributor to eHealth News Africa.
Peter's teaching focuses on measurement and disease control courses. He is an infectious diseases epidemiologist with a long history of involvement in clinical and epidemiological research in tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, pneumococcal diseases, and antimicrobial resistance surveillance. He has worked previously as Study Coordinator for ‘Examining immune responses to BCG vaccination’ Study of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Karonga Prevention Study in Malawi; Clinical Research Officer on various multi-centered Clinical Trials involving preventive methods as well as curative agents for HIV/AIDS with the Johns Hopkins University Research Project, Malawi (i.e. HIV sero-discordant couple study-HPTN 052); Clinical Trials Coordinator for an International multi-centered study examining ‘the role of adjunctive Mycobacterium w immunotherapeutic vaccine in pericardial tuberculosis with Cardiac Research Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town and Senior Lecturer and Course coordinator for the Masters of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Nyasulu holds a PhD in infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the University the Witwatersrand, a MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of the Witwatersrand, a Post Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Advanced Diploma in Dermato-venerology from University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine from College of Health Sciences in Malawi. Since 2007, Prof Nyasulu has focused his research mostly in the area of Tuberculosis immunotherapy, antimicrobial resistance surveillance, TB mortality, immune responses to adjunctive TB treatments and TB control through health promotion.
Peter has published 25 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and more than 20 conference presentations in the past 6 years. He has Supervised/co-supervises 25 Postgraduate masters and doctoral students and graduated 20 students doing honours and master’s degrees in Public health and Epidemiology from Schools of Public Health at Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch, Western Cape in South Africa and College of Medicine, Malawi, Texila American University, Guyana and Monash South Africa. He is an external examiner for Epidemiology and Public Health in schools of Public Health at Universities of Pretoria, Western Cape in South Africa, College of Medicine, University of Malawi and internal examiner in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
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Before being introduced to and developing a growing interest in Healthcare Information Technology, Petro trained and worked as a Registered Nurse, both in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. While working in Saudi, she was selected as a Super User for the HIT system that was being rolled out at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh at that time. This saw the development an growth of her interest in technologies that can assist Healthcare Professionals to work smarter, not harder.
In her current role at Welch Allyn, she plays a key part in helping Healthcare Organisations in Africa look at technologies available to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare available in both acute and primary care settings, by making clinical data from medical devices available electronically, assisting in more timely and accurate remote consultations and referrals.
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Philip M Pawa
During my experiences with the UN and other organization, I have developed High-level of Public Health team building, organization, negotiation and collaboration skills towards program implementation for results. Manages hazardous (hospital) waste management aspect for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) water, sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (WinHCF) project in Liberia during and after the Ebola epidemic. I collaborated with WHO, CDC, and the Liberian Ministry of Health to identify strategic object towards WASH programming in Liberia. I prepared and disseminated knowledge products for innovative approaches and good practices, to support the overall cross-sectoral WASH and Health development. Finally, I am a potential resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance and promote the use of WASH facility improvement tools for any sustainable WASH or Health programs with the use of STATA, SPSS, and R software, etc.
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Professor Graham Wright
Research Professor in Health Informatics
Professor Graham Wright is a chartered information systems practitioner with a clinical and managerial background. In 1990 Graham moved to the GCL consultancy and become a Fellow at the Health Service Management Unit (HSMU) in Manchester University. He completed many National and International assignments including co-ordinating a learning set for the UK Government on Care in the Community. He moved to become the Director of Education for the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (EIHMS) at the University of Surrey where he was employed as a professor from 1996 to 2000.
In the first year of the new century he became a GP Tutor for Swindon, Kennett and NW Wiltshire responsible for post registration Continuous Professional Development for General Practitioners. He was also the MSc Health Informatics Programme Director at the University of Winchester, delivering a programme at Winchester and also in Mthatha, South Africa from 2006.
In 2009 he moved to work full time in Walter Sisulu University as a Research Champion and Chair of Health Science Research. His work was focused on mentoring emerging research in the medical school, but he found time to support a small team of Health Informatics researcher exploring the use of Tablet Computers in Rural Clinics. He moved to the University of Fort Hare as an Adjunct Professor in 2014 and continued his work in Health Informatics.
In 1980 he started working with computers and launched the Open Software Library to distribute public domain teaching and learning programmes, which operated internationally for 28 years. He was the chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group on Open Source and has facilitated numerous international workshops on the subject.
He has been an active Fellow of the British Computer Society over the last twenty years and held the offices of Chair and Treasurer for the British Computer Society Health Informatics Forum (BCS Health) and UK representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Methods in Information Management, South African Journal of Information Management, South African Computer Journal and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Care Pathways and the International Journal of Operations and Logistics Management. He has been a reviewer for both the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IMIA's annual peer-reviewed conferences for nearly two decades. He was formerly the Editor of Information Technology in Nursing (ITIN) and then assistant editor until its demise in 2007. He has been on the European Commission Expert Panel for Information Technology from 2003 to 2006 as an evaluator and was a temporary World Health Organisation (WHO) advisor to the Department of Health, Israel to develop that country's strategy for IT, Research and Education.
Prof Wright's interests in research have been in the areas of Health Informatics, Management, Clinical Audit, Health Systems, Social Issues and Care Pathways, Medical Education and Research. He completed a four-year project developing the Knowledge Base for Health Informatics on behalf of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the International Medical Informatics Association(IMIA).
In collaboration with Peter Elkin and Steven Thomas he developed the Health Informatics Taxonomy which was published in a special discussion edition of Methods of Information in Medicine; this consisted of an Editorial, the paper and 14 critiques from the world leaders in Health Informatics. He is also one of the authors of the Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics.
At HELINA 2017 he gave the keynote address entitled “Using Tablet Computers to collect Patient Data in the Eastern Cape” and two other papers “Electronic health information systems for primary care in South Africa: a review of current operational systems” and “Extracting clinically relevant information from pulse oximetry traces”.
He is the Chair of the HELINA Education Working Group and Chair of the HELINA Nursing Specialist Interest Group and is currently involved in those roles reviewing the IMIA Education Recommendation and helping to develop a strategic paper for HELINA on capacity building.
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