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Harvard Global Public Health & Technology Conf – May 1, 2010

Moving Beyond the Technology


When: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 8am – 7pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), 79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cost: $50 Standard Registration ($20 Full-Time Student)
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have the potential to transform health delivery throughout the world, whether through the use of electronic health records to manage HIV/AIDS care in rural Uganda or mobile devices providing community health workers with decision support  in the field. Too often, however, this potential is not realized because undue emphasis is placed on the health technology in isolation, not in context.

Global PHAT 2010: Moving Beyond the Technology puts the health technology in context, focusing on human-centered, practical implementation strategies in developing country settings. This one day event brings together health technology implementers to examine the critical factors that make cutting edge technologies successful, including capacity building, partnership development, monitoring and evaluation, workflow and information flow optimization, and cultural contexts.


Confirmed Panel Sessions

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) Failures
  • Effective Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – Moving Beyond the Technology
  • Survey of Selected HIV Information Systems
  • Role of Technology in Disaster Response
  • Mobile Health (mHealth) for Community Health Worker (CHW) Programs: Implementation Insights

Confirmed Speakers – Just Announced!

  • Dr. Hamish Fraser, Director of Informatics and Telemedicine, Partners in Health (PIH)
  • Mike McKay, Former Country Director, Baobab Health, Malawi
  • Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO, Dimagi
  • Josh Nesbit, Co-Founder and Executive Director, FrontlineSMS
  • Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo, Director of the University of Philippines National Telehealth Center
  • Prabhjot Dhadialla, Program Director for Health Systems, Development, and Research, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Dr. Leo Anthony Celi, Founder, Moca

May 1 Public Health & Technology Conference Postponed Due to Public Health Threat

Oh, the irony. The first PHAT Conference postponed due to the H1N1 virus.

At 10:58pm on Thursday, April 30, the Harvard School of Public Health sent the following notice:

Classes are cancelled Friday May 1 for HSPH and HMS students while public health authorities continue their investigation of student interactions on the Longwood Campus following the discovery of a possible case of H1N1 flu in a student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where classes are also cancelled. Students are asked to minimize social contact on the campus until more is known.

The decision to postpone the conference did not come until 9am the morning of May 1. The delay was due to uncertainty as to whether events attended by non-HSPH people should also be cancelled. In the end, all events were also cancelled due to safety concerns.

We are grateful for the tremendous amount of interest in the conference and for the help of all our volunteers. We plan to reschedule the conference as soon as possible. I will post updates about the conference at www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat and on this blog.

Julio Frenk, former Mexican Minister of Health and HSPH Dean, submitted a NY Times op-ed on April 30 entitled Mexico’s Fast Diagnosis stating that approximately 10,000 Mexicans die each year due to the flu. There have now been 140 confirmed cases of swine flu in the US.

By the end of Friday, May 1, there were 2 confirmed cases among dental students and 7 probable cases. All are recovering well.