The IASTED African Conference on
Health Informatics
AfricaHI 2010

Science and Technology Applications for Health and Sustainable Development

September 6 – 8, 2010
Gaborone, Botswana


Reducing Health Disparities through Health Informatics: Challenges and Solutions in Low –Resource Settings

Prof. Suzanne Bakken
Columbia University, USA

Biography of the Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Portrait

Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following doctoral study in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. She currently directs the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) pre- and post-doctoral training program; both funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Her recently completed randomized controlled trial, Mobile Decision Support for Advanced Practice Nurses, tested the impact of PDA-based decision support for depression screening, smoking cessation, and obesity management on guideline adherence. She has also received funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Bakken has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. She has been active in healthcare standards initiatives serving on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety, the Clinical LOINC Committee, and as the former Chair of the Nursing Working Group of the SNOMED Editorial Board and lead of Technical Task Group for the International Standards Organization standard on reference terminology models for nursing diagnoses and interventions. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Medical Informatics, and Institute of Medicine.