Nancy Puttkammer, MPH, PhD, has interests in strengthening health information systems and promoting data use to improve the quality of health programs in resource-limited settings. Dr. Puttkammer is trained as a health services researcher, specializing in using observational, routinely collected data from electronic medical records (EMRs) to strengthen HIV care and treatment programs.
In her capacity as a Research and Evaluation Advisor at I-TECH and an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Global Health, Dr. Puttkammer works with health information systems and training projects in Haiti, Kenya, and South Africa to improve large-scale implementation of EMRs, evaluate data quality and data use, support data analyses, and develop capacity for data use and implementation science research among colleagues and counterparts. She also teaches and mentors Masters and Doctoral students at UW on mixed methods in research and program evaluation. She has worked with HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean for more than 20 years.
In partnership with CDC, CHARESS helps the Haitian MSPP to implement the national care improvement program, HealthQual
, by training providers on quality improvement concepts and using data from the EMR, iSanté, for clinical decision making and improved care ...Read More
Electronic medical record (EMR) systems have the capacity to improve clinical decision making and quality of care at site level but can also be leveraged to make data-driven, population-level public health decisions. At the request of the MSPP ...Read More
In 2012, I-TECH designed and developed an electronic medical records (EMR) system, KenyaEMR, to support the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS. KenyaEMR is built on the OpenMRS platform. I-TECH supported the implementation of KenyaEMR in over 300 health facilities throughout Kenya—one of the largest open source EMR rollouts in Africa ...Read More
As a key member of the Kenya electronic medical record (EMR) system technical working group, I-TECH works to implement and standardize the EMR systems used in the management of national HIV and AIDS care and treatment data. Similar efforts have focused on ensuring that different electronic systems can communicate with ...Read More