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Working group members
MBBS, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka (2001) MSc in Biomedical Informatics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011) MD in Health Informatics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2019)
Oommen John is specialized in Internal Medicine and Health Information Systems. He leads a programme of research at George Institute India implementing health systems strengthening interventions and is involved in multi-centric clinical trials. He is the secretary of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health and Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics, Geneva. He has worked with WHO implementing vaccine trials and strengthening immunization systems.
Dr Alvin B. Marcelo is a general and trauma surgeon by training who is currently chief medical information officer of the St. Luke’s Medical Center and executive director of the Asia eHealth Information Network (www.aehin.org). Prior to this, he served as senior vice-president and chief information officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). As the director of the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center and chief of the Medical Informatics Unit, Dr Marcelo established the Master of Science in Health Informatics program and conducted local and international research in the field of eHealth and health information systems development. He took his postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland with research interests in telepathology, mobile computing, and bibliometric analysis of MEDLINE content. Dr Marcelo previously managed the International Open Source Network for ASEAN+3, a centre of excellence in free and/or open source software established by UNDP, and advises the Community Health Information Tracking System (or CHITS), a Stockholm Challenge finalist in the health category in 2006. He is the Philippine representative to the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Dr Marcelo is certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT – www.isaca.org), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF – www.opengroup.org), and Archimate, and COBIT5 Foundation/Implementation.
Dr. Pradeep Sylva is a clinician with over 20 years of practice as a Dental Surgeon, both in state and private sector. He is also a Health Informatician, who has contributed strategizing digital health in Sri Lanka. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry, a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics and a Doctoral Degree in Health Informatics. He is further qualified as a TOGAF certified Enterprise Architect. He is currently attached to the University of Southampton as Research Fellow (Systems, Support and Strategy) and contributes to work related to COVID19 saliva testing programme and Platform for Planet, Place and People initiative, under the Commonwealth’s Systems Framework for Healthy Policy. He further contributes to the digital strategy alignment work for the University Hospital Southampton. Dr. Sylva has a keen interest on digital health policies, strategies, governance structures, architectural frameworks, guidelines and standards.
I am an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the department of Epidemiology, Jimma University with more than 30 years of teaching and research experience and have authored and co-authored more than 60 research articles in local and international reputable journals. My research areas mainly focus on maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases including mental heath and food security. Most recently I was involved in One Health as well as COVID-19 related research. In addition to this, I lead and facilitated repeated research methodology training to staff and members of different government and non-governmental organizations and conduct longitudinal data management training using STATA for surveillance team members of HDSS site in Ethiopia. I have also served as consultant in Operational Research on Immunization and conducted evaluations of new born pilot projects and Mid-term evaluation of Immunization Projects for NGO communities in Ethiopia. Apart from the curricular activities, for the last four years I have served as member of the Research Advisory Council for the MCH directorate of the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.
With more than 13 years of Experience in Information systems and Technology administration and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry, Yitbarek Yisehak is skilled in project planning management and reporting, all through challenges in finance, tight deadlines, and changing environments.