WHO Panel


WHO Panel

A global perspective to strengthening health systems and accelerating universal health coverage through eHealth.

A High level WHO panel

Title Name Abstract CV


Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

The World Health Organization works with partners at the global, regional and country level to promote and strengthen the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving quality health services, achieving universal health coverage, and monitoring results, from eHealth applications to eHealth governance. The WHO eHealth team at headquarters and its regional counterparts actively work with national authorities, including relevant ministries, to provide technical assistance in eHealth strategy development, implementation and evaluation, and capacity development.

In this panel, specialists from WHO will provide an overview of the current innovative efforts in scalable and sustainable eHealth, including eHealth global monitoring and evaluation, multi-sector governance and policies, health data standards and interoperability, peer-to-peer networking and eLearning efforts that are underway both globally and regionally.  Participants will gain a better understanding how to utilize eHealth effectively using standardized and cutting edge techniques to improve health for all. 

Has been working as Director, Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing at the World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO/HQ) in Geneva since September 2008. Prior to that, he held the posts of Information Scientist, Regional Advisor for Health Information Management and Telecommunication, and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing for WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region until August 2008. During his 14 years of work for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, he organized over 15 regional conferences on eHealth and health informatics, he initiated a number of eHealth projects, he lead the development of the regional health knowledge network and assisted countries in development of national eHealth plans and activities. He is from Jordan, married and holds a PhD in Information Sciences since 1986.

Dr Al-Shorbaji's current portfolio covers WHO publishing activities and programmes, library and knowledge networks, eHealth, knowledge translation and WHO Collaborating Centres.

Through his career in WHO, he initiated and lead a number of information and telecommunication technology projects and knowledge networks. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 80 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals.


Ramesh Krishnamurthy

  Dr. Krishnamurthy serves as a senior technical officer and the focal point for eHealth standardization and interoperability efforts at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has extensive experience in designing, implementing, coordinating, and managing national and sub-national eHealth systems and services, including health information systems, emergency operations centers, and public health surveillance information systems. Dr. Krishnamurthy has also assisted numerous countries in their development and implementation of national and sub-national eHealth strategies, standardization and interoperability of eHealth systems and services, and utilization of strategic information for evidence-based public health decision-making.


Clayton Hamilton

   Mr. Clayton Hamilton leads the eHealth and Innovation portfolio of the WHO European Region, providing support and strategic guidance to eHealth development and capacity building initiatives as a component of Health Information management in the region’s 53 Member States.  With a background in ICT development and business management within WHO that spans a 15 year period, Mr. Hamilton works on broadening the awareness and benefit of strategic implementation of eHealth in Europe, linking with major international partners to build capacity in low-middle income countries and as a contributor to major national eHealth strategy development initiatives.


Mark Landry

   Mr. Mark Landry leads the eHealth and health information systems (HIS) initiatives of the WHO Western Pacific Region by coordinating and providing technical assistance to countries in Asia and the Pacific with development and implementation of standards-based, scalable, and reusable eHealth solutions.  Mr Landry collaborates with development partners and supports networks of professionals to improve regional and national eHealth policies, strategies, plans, governance, and sustainable investments.  Mr. Landry has 17 years of experience in eHealth and HIS working with country governments and organizations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.  He is specifically assisting low and middle-income countries with building institutional and individual capacity for better data collection, quality, management, and use of health information and statistics to inform health sector planning, systems strengthening, and clinical care.


Jyotsna Chikersal

  Ms Jyotsna Chikersal is the Regional Advisor for Health Situation and Trend Assessment (HST) for the WHO’s South East Asia Region based in New Delhi, India. She leads WHO’s technical advice to member countries in the region on strengthening Health Information Systems, Civil registration and Vital Statistics, Health Statistics and eHealth as key pillars to strengthen Health Systems. She has over 15 years of experience in building strategic collaborations with development partners and academic institutions to promote technical cooperation as well as capacity building in the area of HST. In recent years, her unit's work has also focused on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving quality health services, accelerating universal health coverage, monitoring results, and improving information and accountability for better health outcomes. She has also been spearheading work in the region towards the direction of implementing Open Source Tools, District Health Information System, Electronic Medical Records and Health Data Standards. Ms Chikersal has also being taking forward the coordination of the activities under the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's(COIA) health in SEAR countries, and monitoring of international health goals such as MDGs.