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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 forty 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.
Dykki Settle leads IntraHealth and CapacityPlus endeavors in health worker informatics, bringing a health worker-centered approach to the availability and use of high quality information for better health. Settle leads the global development and implementation community for the open source iHRIS suite human resources for health information solutions. Other areas of leadership include helping countries build absorptive capacity for new health technologies and supporting regional and country health organizations to realize the power of open source for global health. Settle began his career as the first webmaster for the SunSITE project—now www.ibiblio.org, one of the earliest, largest and longest-running online libraries of open resources.
Dr. Paul Biondich is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Investigator at the Regenstrief Institute; Director of Informatics for the Indiana University Center for Global Health; and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Informatics. His primary career focus is in the research and development of health information systems for resource poor settings. Dr. Biondich leads the open source, global community project Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS) which collaboratively develops a freely available, medical record system platform presently utilized in over forty countries throughout the world. He is also actively involved in the Health Informatics Public Private Partnership, a PEPFAR sponsored initiative to provide adaptive technical assistance towards development of sustainable health information exchanges within low and middle income countries.
Derek Ritz is the principal consultant at ecGroup Inc., based in Ancaster, Canada. He is an advisor to public and private sector clients in Canada and internationally regarding m/eHealth strategy, architecture, implementation and adoption.
Derek is a delegate of Canada to ISO/TC-215 (Health Informatics) and was the inaugural vice-Chair of Canada Health Infoway’s Infostructure & Architecture Standards Collaborative Working Group. In 2007, he helped fund and launch Canada’s national EHR architectural Reference Implementation at the Mohawk Applied Research Centre in Health Informatics (MARC-HI). Since 2010, Derek has been involved in numerous global m/eHealth projects, including leading an IDRC-funded project to establish the Health Enterprise Architecture Lab (HEAL) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.
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