Manish Kumar, MPH
Manish Kumar, MPH
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 AwardsReceived 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 StateRotary Peace Fellowship
2013-2015, Rotary International FoundationDelta Omega Service Award
2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillMiriam L. Cole Scholarship
Gillings School of Global Public HealthInducted into Frank Porter Graham Graduate Honor Society
UNC-Chapel HillAnne van den Ban Scholarship
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
Electronic health records for better health in the lower- and middle-income countries: A landscape study. Kumar, M. & Mostafa, J (2020). Library Hi Tech.
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.
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.
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