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June 30, 2020 10:00am
U.S. Eastern Time


June 30, 2020 11:00am
U.S. Eastern Time

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ICT4D Conference Webinar Series

COVID-19 Health Data Management and Exchange

How health data platforms can be used rapidly and responsibly to strengthen multi-partner COVID-19 responses when collecting, storing, analyzing, and using data locally and at scale.

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Previous disease outbreaks and decades of investments in health data have equipped many countries with robust health information systems, which are the backbone of COVID-19 response and surveillance. Platforms, like DHIS2, have launched COVID-19 packages to assist nations across the globe to collect, aggregate, manage, analyze, and report public health data. But most importantly those platforms must work well with various (national) community health worker reporting systems for effective contact tracing and disease monitoring. Interoperability and integration are key for successful COVID-19 data management and sharing.

In this webinar, part of the virtual edition of the ICT4D Conference and ongoing ICT4D webinar series, experts discuss how health data platforms can be used rapidly and responsibly to strengthen multi-partner COVID-19 responses when collecting, storing, analyzing, and using data locally and at scale.

Topics to be discussed include, but not limited to:

  • Explore innovations to support digital COVID-19 response, specifically around contract tracing
  • Support at a distance: how can software providers and implementers better support regional government agencies with their health data management challenges during the pandemic?
  • Choosing the right tools: How can implementers, health organizations, and governments navigate around the many data packages and software available?
  • Integration and interoperability: what needs to be considered when choosing a solution? How are the providers addressing those considerations?  
  • Interoperability across sectors: As all work is linked to COVID-19 response, no matter the sector, is it possible to also consider data that is not yet integrated, e.g. climate data, traffic data, animal health data, etc.?
  • Data ethics consideration: The use of data during COVID-19 response has shown that there is a gray area between what is good for the individual and what is good for population health in terms of data ownership, privacy, and security. How to set the right balance?
  • Collaboration: how can the different actors/data managers join and minimize duplication of efforts, esp. regarding digital capacity building, technical training, and support?
  • Standardization is key for data sharing: what does the future hold? Will the COVID-19 crisis accelerate standardized terminology for more liquid sharing of information?


Jonathan Jackson

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Nathan Barthel

Senior Manager, ICT4D Business Development & Program Design
Catholic Relief Services

Katherine Lew

Director of Business Development
BAO Systems


Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager
Catholic Relief Services

About the speakers

Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Dimagi. An award-winning entrepreneur, software engineer, and system designer, Jonathan made an uncompromising commitment early in his career to open source software and to interactive, collaborative work cultures that foster partnerships across academics, philanthropists, and implementers. He has since gone on to found multiple organizations focused on leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery worldwide, including Cogito Corp, a pioneering behavioral analytics company. As the CEO of Dimagi, Jonathan oversees a team of more than 150 global employees who are supporting digital solutions in over 80 countries with globally recognized partners. He has led Dimagi to become a leading, scaling social enterprise and creator of the world’s most widely used and powerful data collection platform, CommCare. Jonathan is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and has been recognized by Business Week as one of the Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs. He currently sits on the boards of SimPrints, Spark Micro Grants, and the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign. Jonathan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nathan Barthel, Senior Manager, ICT4D Business Development & Program Design, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He joined CRS in 2013 and currently is responsible for strategically integrating ICT4D into CRS business development activities. Prior to joining CRS Nate worked as IT project manager at the Kaizen Company, a DC-based USAID contractor with extensive work in the Middle East. He also worked at Grantium Inc. as Implementation Manager, and MITRE Inc. as Communications Engineer. Nate holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in foreign service (International Affairs) from Georgetown University.

Katherine Lew, Director of Business Development, BAO Systems. Katherine brings over 15 years of public health experience with an emphasis in health information systems, data management, and data analytics, visualization and use. Before joining BAO Systems, she supported NGO country programs and headquarters with customization and implementation of data analytics platforms to drive program decision making. Having worked in multiple countries across Asia and Africa, she has keen insight into the business requirements of our partners. Katherine serves as a conduit between BAO Systems partners and our services and product teams, helping to drive company strategy and ensure that we are continually meeting stakeholder data needs.

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference (currently in its Virtual Edition) on behalf of CRS and co-facilitating this monthly webinar series. Before joining the Global Knowledge and Information Management team at CRS, she was the Event & Program Director of the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF). Sonja has over 15 years’ experience researching and managing global conferences, training courses, webinars, as well as reports and whitepapers in a wide range of industries, including finance, legal, health, technology, public and non-for-profit sectors. Prior to following her passion for professional development events, Sonja worked as researcher and editor at consultancy Control Risks. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from University of Constance, Germany.

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