Workshop: How to Get Started with a Free and Open-Source HMIS in a Resource-Limited Environment

22 Mar 2012 09:30
23 Mar 2012 18:00

Lecturer:  Christopher H. Larsen

Venue:  UNU-IIST Seminar Room


In the workshop, the speaker will give an introduction on the implementation of a hospital information system based on the open source software GNU Health with a focus on sustainability issues.

For more details download the documents: Workshop Agenda and the Case Study description.

Biography of the speaker:

Christoph H. Larsen has spent the vast majority of his career promoting accessible, affordable and non-discriminative quality health care in resource-challenged settings. Chris is a medical doctor, trained in Germany, the UK and Australia, with specialisations in Tropical Medicine and Public Health from the UK and Australia, and a Masters degree in Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases from the UK.

Chris is Member of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, and Associated Fellow of its Faculty of Travel Medicine. He holds board positions with HIV-related scientific associations in Purdue and Stanford (USA), and is faculty member of the Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society. His strong belief in the benefits of South-South connection is highlighted by his membership of the Bika Health Foundation in South Africa, and GNU Solidario in South America.
Chris has over 17 years of clinical and programme management experience in resource-limited settings in South East and Central Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He co-developed sustainable water pumping technologies in Thailand, worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Myanmar, where he also designed an – at that time -  novel UN-sponsored HIV/AIDS workplace intervention. He consulted the German GTZ/GIZ on HIV/AIDS, as well as hospital upgrading and management in South East Asia and East Africa.
In 2003/4, he established the first truly affordable East African CD4 T cell enumeration facility for AIDS treatment monitoring in Uganda. In 2008/9, he mentored the Government of Rwanda's efforts to boost its biomedical equipment management programme; designed, refurbished and equipped university  and district hospitals in Rwanda; supported health facility management in Rwanda, and has been promoting affordable HIV-related diagnostics throughout Africa and the Caribbean through positions with private industry, NGOs and international scientific working groups.
At the same time, he remains highly active in primary health care, rural and remote medicine and infectious diseases. clinical staff development and total quality management, with a special interest in laboratory services.
In 2005, Chris founded synaLinQ, a consulting firm to assist those in need of truly sustainable, practical solutions in health system strengthening; intermediate energy, water, sanitation and waste management technology; and information and communication technology.


Additional information: 

Workshop agenda