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Improving Routine Health Data Quality

September 11, 2017

Factors that affect the quality of health facility data are often rooted in a system issue. Consequently, addressing data quality must be done through a system lens. Please join us on Wednesday, September 27 from 10 AM - 11:30 AM EST for the next Routine Health Information Network (RHINO) forum on "Improving Routine Health Data Quality through the Data Quality Review Framework." 

During this forum, experts will introduce the data quality review framework and recommended metrics to measure data quality. They will also discuss country implementation, challenges, and the future plans. Immediately following the presentation will be a facilitated conversation, open to all participants.


  • Kavitha Viswanathan has over 15 years of experience in M&E of health programs and performance measurement. She works at the Department of Information, Evidence and Research at the WHO in Geneva. Her work focuses on strengthening country-led platforms for monitoring and evaluation of national health strategies and programs. She has led the development of tools and standards for strengthening data quality, standards for routine health information systems, and assessing the readiness of facilities to deliver key life-saving services. Kavitha, who has a PhD in international health and a dual master's in public health and international affairs, previously worked for the World Bank and Johns Hopkins University.
  • Bob Pond is a public health physician who has focused on strengthening of health information systems. He was a senior technical officer with the Health Metrics Network from 2005 to 2009. More recently, he has worked as a consultant for the WHO Department of Information, Evidence and Research to support countries with efforts to strengthen the quality, analysis and use of routine data.
  • David Boone is an epidemiologist at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), based in San Francisco, California. He works on the MEASURE Evaluation Project to strengthen the capacity of developing country health programs to collect and use quality population and health data. His current projects include assisting in the development of methods and tools to improve the performance of routine health information systems. He is the technical director at JSI for a Global Fund mechanism to conduct health facility assessments for service availability and readiness, data quality and quality of care. He has worked in Nigeria for polio eradication, in South Sudan for trypanosomiasis treatment and control, and in Benin for guinea worm eradication. In the U.S. he has worked at state and county level as an infectious disease epidemiologist. David received his PhD in epidemiology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Questions will be given to attendees beforehand. To sign up, please register here. After the event, the questions will be posted on the RHINO forum discussion board for anyone who would like to continue the discussion.