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CHISU @ the Global Digital Health Forum 2023

We are excited to be part of the Global Digital Health Forum 2023! You can learn more below about the sessions, panels, and watch parties that we will be involved with.

Watch the sessions online (Please note that in order to watch sessions online or access links on this page, you must be registered for the Global Digital Health Forum 2023)


Sessions, Panels, or Moderation


USAID-Sponsored Opening Plenary - From Blueprints to Practice: Perspectives on Health System Digitization

When: Monday, December 4, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The USAID-sponsored opening plenary session will be a moderated panel with four to five government representatives speaking to their countries’ health system digital transformation efforts and sharing what they need from the global community to succeed in these efforts. 


Merrick Schaefer, Senior Digital Health Advisor with the Center for Innovation and Impact in the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Dr Jean Patrick Alfred, Director of UEP (Studies and Programming Unit) of the Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti, Ibrahima Khaliloulah Dia, Coordinator, CSS/DOS Senegal, Jean Thierry Kalembo, Director, ANICNS, Setiaji, Expert Staff to the Minister of Health for Health Technology Indonesia, Center for Data and Information Technology.


Practical Applications of DEI/Gender Efforts in Digital Health

When: Monday, December 4, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Panelists will share practical examples they have undertaken to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within their organizations and programs. CHISU will share updates from its third year of implementation, such as gender-specific activities incorporated into their country workplans and updated the HIS Stages of Continuous Improvement (SOCI) tool to include a gender composite score.


Patricia Mechael, Co-founder and Policy Lead, HealthEnabled, Barakissa Tien-Wahser, Technical Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Joseline Carias Galeano, General Manager, Central American Health Informatics Network (RECAINSA), Caitlin Madevu-Matson, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, JSI


African Women in Digital Health: Removing Barriers for Women’s Meaningful Engagement and Leadership in Digital Health

When: Monday, December 4, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.                                                                                                       
This panel will discuss the role of African women in the digital health field, ways to strengthen and support their career development, and how to integrate policies that will create opportunities for women in digital health in Africa. This session will also introduce the African Women in Digital Health action plan.     


Fara Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Director, Speak Up Africa, Dr. Gloria Karirirwe, Ugandan physician and co-founder, Autothermo, Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant, Deputy Director, CHISU, Zanela Simelane, HMIS Manager, eSwatini MOH, Sherri Haas, Senior Digital Health System Advisor, USAID, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Africa CDC Lead


Beyond the Blueprint: Implementing, Measuring, and Maintaining a National Health Enterprise Architecture

When: Tuesday, December 5, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.                                                                                                    
Online and in-person

In this panel, you can hear from the experiences of Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Uruguay as panelists discuss how they have implemented blueprints, or diagrams of the data platforms their health information systems use, and how these systems connect to each other. The panelists will also share how they are working to measure and maintain the blueprints they are using.


Taufiq Sitompul, Senior Technical Advisor, CHISU Indonesia, JSI R&T, Amanuel Biru, Digital Health Director, JSI/DUP, Arianne Palau, Enterprise Architect, Independent Consultant, Christina Villella, Digital Health Technical Advisor, JSI


Digital Supportive Supervision: A Pathway to Improving Service Delivery and Data Use                      
When: Tuesday, December 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                                                                                         
In this interactive workshop, participants will hear about Supportive Supervision (SS), which is a process of mentoring staff members to continuously improve their work performance. The facilitators will present a new guidance document that participants will apply to a case study example and then discuss how they can use the Supportive Supervision model. 


Poppy Farrow, Digital Health Technical Advisor, JSI, Christina Villella, Digital Health Technical Advisor, JSI, Julia Bluestone, Technical Director, Learning and Performance, Jhpiego, Rodrigo Gramajo, Head, Global Business Systems, Population Services International

Interoperability Country Experience: Implementation Successes, Learnings and Challenges                  
When: Tuesday, December 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

During this panel discussion, presenters will share the experiences, strategies, successes, and challenges in working towards interoperability. They will share their digital transformation journeys and discuss considerations about the benefits of interoperability. 


Mawufemor Ashong, Health Informatics Specialist, JSI R&T, Fanor Joseph, HMIS Technical Advisor, CHISU Burundi, Jhonson Charles, Resident advisor, RTI/CHISU, Romain Tohourie, HIS Specialist, JSI, Taufiq Sitompul, Senior Technical Advisor, CHISU Indonesia, JSI R&T

Building Resilience during Emergencies: Insights on Strengthening Health Systems and Global Health Security from Studying USAID’s COVID-19 Emergency Digital Health Investments                    
When: Tuesday, December 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                  
Online and in-person

Early findings from USAID-funded research looking into digital health investments the Agency made to support COVID-19 vaccination deployment show that investing in digital health systems before an emergency added value to the crisis response. This panel will look at lessons learned from the study and provide recommendations on how to use these insights to support improved health outcomes. 


Valladores Liziem, Data.FI Country Team Lead, Data.FI, Constant Kingongo, DRC Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization and Transformation and Equity, Rahim Kebe, Resident Advisor in Burkina Faso, CHISU, Amarynth Sichel, Senior Social Impact Manager, Simprints


Opportunities in Supporting Country Digital Health Investments - Perspectives from USAID Missions in Four Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Madagascar

When: Wednesday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Online and in-person

This session will give an overview of USAID’s approach to health information systems strengthening and digital transformation, and delve into the experiences of USAID country missions in supporting the implementation of digital transformation roadmaps and digital health interventions in four countries.


Anastasia Susanto, Health System Strengthening (HSS) Lead, USAID, Mesfin Tilaye, Health Information System Adviser, USAID Ethiopia Mission, Lova Avotra Ralijaona, Health Management Information System Specialist, USAID, Nana Wilson, PMI Resident Advisor, USAID, Derek Kunaka, Technical Director, CHISU

How Data Use Can Drive Health Information Systems Decisions: Lessons from the COVID-19 Response                                                                                                                                                         
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.                                                                                                    
Online and in-person

This panel session will discuss findings from CHISU implementation in Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Mali, and Suriname in 2023, including investments in COVID-19 information systems that show how ehealth data investments can support effective data use for decision making in routine health and emergency responses.


Stephanie Watson-Grant, Deputy Director, CHISU, Setiaji, Expert Staff to the Minister of Health for Health Technology Indonesia, Center for Data and Information Technology, Diabate Mamoutou, Head of the Health Information System, Moussa Sana, Regional Health Director of the Center-West Africa Region, DRS Centre Ouest, Caitlin Madevu-Matson, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, JSI


Enabling Higher Adoption of National HL7 FHIR Data Exchange Platform: Lessons in Developing Mediators for Electronic Health Record in DKI Jakarta

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

This panel will discuss challenges that Indonesian healthcare facilities faced in mapping electronic health records into a single platform called the HL7 FHIR, as well as solutions they are using to provide alternate ways for data exchange.


Taufiq Sitompul, Senior Technical Advisor, CHISU Indonesia, Leah McManus, Chief of Party, CHISU Indonesia, Dr. Verry Adrian, PHO DKI Jakarta Representative, Setiaji, Expert Staff to the Minister of Health for Health Technology Indonesia


Individual Presentations and Lightning Talks


Leveraging Private Access Point Name (APN) on Telecommunication Platforms for Cost-effective Disease Surveillance: A Case Study on SORMAS Utilization in Ghana

  • Poster/individual presentation
  • Presenters: Mawumafor Ashong, Dr. Atiwoto Wisdom, Dr. Alberta Briritwum
  • Tuesday, December 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Using a Collaborative Action Model to Ensure Data-driven Decision Making in Haiti Through a Unique Health Information System (SISNU)

  • Individual presentation
  • Presenter: Roody Thermidor
  • Tuesday, December 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dashboard and Scorecard Mobile Applications

  • Individual presentation
  • Presenters: Fanor Joseph, Joelson Ramboanasolondrainibe, Dr. Andriamizarasoa Fidelis Adolphe
  • Monday, December 4, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Implementation of Interoperability Between the Yniette Software and the National DHIS2 in Mali for the Management of Traveler COVID-19 Data

  • Individual presentation
  • Presenter: Adama Ouattara
  • Tuesday, December 5, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Beyond COVID-19: Using Contextual Catalysts to Amplify the Impact of Information System Interventions in Suriname and Mali

  • Lightning Talk
  • Presenter: Nasolo Thompson
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.


Watch Party


CHISU Indonesia will host a GDHF watch party in Jakarta on Wednesday, December 6 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. WIB. The watch party, which will be a part of the Health Information Systems Technical Working Group (HIS TWG) of Indonesia, will include a viewing of the interactive workshop "Lessons from East Africa on Accountable Health Data Governance in Digital Health Systems." The HIS TWG looks forward to learning from experiences of other regions on health data governance!



Register for the Global Digital Health Forum

Register today for the Global Digital Health Forum 2023. December 4 -6, 2023. Hybrid event virtual (Asia and East Africa Time Zones) and In-person (Washington, D.C.)