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March 18, 2021 10:00am
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March 18, 2021 11:00am
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ICT4D Conference Webinar Series

Partnerships for Health Data Exchange

First-hand insights on innovative approaches to partnership for responsible health data sharing for effective COVID-19...

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Part of monthly webinar series by ICT4D Conference, CRS, and NetHope

Decades of collaborations and investments in health data have equipped many countries with robust health information systems, which are the backbone of global health initiatives and the current COVID-19 response.

This webinar will share first-hand insights on innovative approaches to partnership for health data exchange, key outputs and lessons learned of relevant initiatives on responsible health data sharing for effective COVID-19 response, scaling-up health data management systems, and data exchange between health and logistics software platforms.

Discover three different case studies:

  1. Responsible Health Data Sharing for Effective COVID-19 Response

Explore a new collaboration by Dimagi and Medic Mobile ensuring that data sets are aligned and easily interoperable to support COVID-19 response.

  1. Ethiopia Data Use Partnership Project

Gain first-hand insights on the collaborative endeavor of Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health to advance the country's healthcare through their Information Revolution vision, which focuses on cultivating an information culture; digitalization and the scaling-up of priority health information.

  1. Integrating Digital End-user Stock Management Systems for Effective Logistics Management

Effective logistics management helps enable high quality health care services for patients and health professionals. Real-world examples show how implementation of DHIS2 for end-user stock management and integration with an upstream LMIS can facilitate better decision making through data exchange.

Followed by audience questions and discussion including:

  • How can the different actors better coordinate and minimize duplication of efforts?
  • How can we improve collaboration and data exchange across sectors?
  • How can we team up for data literacy and technical capacity building?
  • What does the future hold for partnerships around health data sharing?


Jordan Lerner

Project Manager

Helen Olsen

Senior Research Program Manager
Medic Mobile

Hibret Tilahun, PhD

Project Director, Ethiopia Data Use Partnership, International
John Snow Inc

Breno Horsth

DHIS2 LMIS Tech Lead, Principal Engineer - Health Information Systems Programme
University of Oslo

Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager
Catholic Relief Services

Speaker bios

Jordan Lerner, Project Manager, Dimagi. Jordan joined Dimagi in late 2016 as a Field Manager based in India and has recently relocated as a member of the Global Services team in South Africa. Since joining the organization he has led CommCare implementations in Ethiopia, Mozambique and across India for TB Care, reproductive and maternal health, malaria prevention, and HIV treatment. Jordan explored several paths before joining Dimagi. While at McGill University he worked as a counselor to special-needs children, as a researcher in a pain genetics lab, and after graduating, he worked at Fleishman Hillard as a communications consultant. Jordan has been a member of Dimagi’s services team since 2016. He initially joined Dimagi’s office in New Delhi, India and during his time there he led CommCare implementations across India, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Lesotho for a variety of health centric use cases. In 2019 he relocated to Cape Town where he led Dimagi’s Customer Success team, working with self-start users of CommCare to maximize their impact. Since March 2020, Jordan has been leading Dimagi’s COVID-19 response efforts internationally. He recently relocated to the US. Jordan explored several paths before joining Dimagi. While at McGill University he worked as a counselor to special-needs children, as a researcher in a pain genetics lab, and after graduating, he worked at Fleishman Hillard as a communications consultant.? 

Helen Olsen, Senior Research Program Manager, Medic Mobile. A trained social scientist, Helen has spent her career working to solve problems in global health through the power of data. Before joining Medic Mobile, she worked in research management positions at the Institute for Disease Modeling, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation. Her passion is translating evidence into action, particularly to help inform interventions in low resource settings for vulnerable populations. As a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Helen received her M.A. in Health Geography from Rutgers University conducting mixed-methods research on cervical cancer screening programs in East Africa.

Hibret Tilahun, PhD, Project Director, Ethiopia Data Use Partnership, International, John Snow Inc. Hibret oversees a wide range of activities that target improvements in health information use including creating information-use culture, digitizing health information systems, and enhancing governance of health information system. He also serves as the technical health specialist for JSI’s engagement in East Africa. Hibret served as the chief of party of Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, director of Integrated Family Health Program, and technical director of the L10K Project. He was also the executive director of a primary health project at Harvard Chan School of Public. Hibret has a PhD in reproductive health epidemiology from Addis Ababa University and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Breno Horsth, DHIS2 LMIS Tech Lead, Principal Engineer - Health Information Systems Programme, University of Oslo. This work is largely focused on the capture and usage of logistics data to triangulate and analyze with health data to improve health service delivery, as well as the integration of end-user logistics data capture with upstream, full-scale logistics systems. Before joining the DHIS2 project, Breno worked for over 10 years in the humanitarian field focusing on logistics support in health interventions and has been involved in many global disaster response operations of the past decade. Breno studied International Studies at York University in Canada and Logistics Management at Bioforce Institute in France. 


Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services. Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference (currently in its Virtual Edition) on behalf of CRS and 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 the University of Constance, Germany.

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