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Manish Kumar, MPH

Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar, MPH

Senior Technical Specialist for Health Systems Strengthening, MEASURE Evaluation Project
Carolina Population Center
DATIM Support and Maturity Model Project
[funded by USAID-Digital Square project at PATH]
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
  • MEASURE Evaluation Project
  • 3rd Floor
  • 123 W Franklin St, Suite 330
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • USA

Manish Kumar MPH, MS, PhD (ABD), has over 15 years of global and country-level experience in public health informatics, health information systems (HIS) and information and communication technology for development (ICT4D). Kumar has provided strategic, technical, managerial and supervisory HIS and ICT4D-related services for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Department for International Development/UK (DfID), Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has planned, implemented, and managed HIS and ICT4D projects at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels. Kumar has provided technical advice to advance the digital health/HIS efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva and its regional offices in Americas, Africa, Eastern Mediterranean Region and Europe, as well as to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). 

As the Senior Technical Specialist-Health System Strengthening in the USAID-MEASURE Evaluation project (June 2015-May 2020), Kumar provided strategic technical assistance to strengthen HIS, and both developed and implemented maturity models (HIS stages and HIS interoperability maturity model) in collaboration with the Digital Health Interoperability Working Group of the Health Data Collaborative (HDC) and the United States (US) Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Kumar served as an expert for the development of the WHO SCORE and Global Digital Health Index tools. He planned and conducted trainings, established and led data exchange communities of practice, and supported a PEPFAR-Ministry of Health data alignment initiative in 23 countries while working closely with CDC country teams. Kumar coordinated multi-tier virtual user support services to PEPFAR’s DATIM system users in 50+ countries under the USAID-MEASURE Evaluation project. He managed a project portfolio of $8 million/year that included six sub-contractors implementing digital health and interoperability activities. 

Currently, Kumar is the principal investigator and Senior Technical Specialist- Health Systems Strengthening for the PATH, a global non-profit organization based in Seattle, funded DATIM Support and Maturity Model project. The Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Impact Monitoring (DATIM) system is the health information system of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The DATIM systems is used to collect, report, analyze, and use data to drive program, policy, and clinical care decisions in more than 50 countries. Kumar is leading global maturity model efforts involving WHO/PAHO, PEPFAR, and USAID and across various disease domains such as HIV, Malaria and TB. He is also the co-chair of the policy sub-group of the Health Information Exchange Task Force, established by the Africa CDC.

Honors and Awards

Received recognition for outstanding contributions in using data and systems for reducing HIV burden in more than 60 countries under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

2017, United States Department of State

Rotary Peace Fellowship

2013-2015, Rotary International Foundation

Delta Omega Service Award

2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Miriam L. Cole Scholarship

Gillings School of Global Public Health

Inducted into Frank Porter Graham Graduate Honor Society

UNC-Chapel Hill

Anne van den Ban Scholarship

The Netherlands

Research Activities

Health systems strengthening

Health information systems and digital health maturity models

Implementation, Scale-up and Sustainability of Health Information System Interventions

Health Informatics and digital health

Key Publications

Electronic health records for better health in the lower- and middle-income countries: A landscape study. Kumar, M. & Mostafa, J (2020). Library Hi Tech.
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Evaluating visual analytics for health informatics applications: a systematic review from the American Medical Informatics Association Visual Analytics Working Group Task Force on Evaluation.  Wu D, Chen AT, Manning JD, Levy-Fix G, Backonja U, Borland D, Caban JJ, Dowding DW, Hochheiser H, Kagan V, Kandaswamy S, Kumar M, Nunez A, Pan E, Gotz D (2019). Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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A Primer on the Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality of Electronic Health Records. Kumar, Manish and Samuel Wambugu  (2016). MEASURE Evaluation Project, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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PhD, ABD, Health Informatics, Carolina Health Informatics Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Public Health Leadership with specialization in public health informatics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

MS, Management of Agriculture Knowledge Systems, Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands, 2003

MS, Development Communication, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand, India, 2000

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