My Name is Chris Olola, PhD. I’m currently the Director, Biomedical Informatics & Research, at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Professionally, I’m aublic health Informatician, with solid background in biostatistics. I’ve over 25 years of academic and clinical research experience–in the application and evaluation of informatics in healthcare and research (in the prehospital care/dispatch and in-hospital environments)–in public and private sectors. I helped establish large complex informatics infrastructures that supported a multi-site malaria clinical research network in 5 countries in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Gabon, Ghana, and Gambia), under US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants through the Michigan State University, supported by biostatistical core at Harvard University, School of Public health, USA; in collaborations with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories, Kenya.
Current research focuses on the development & optimization of prehospital dispatch standards and protocols–in public health and public safety. Founder/Editor-in-Chief (emeritus) of AEDR peer-reviewed journal (www.aedrjournal.org), and founder member of the Kenya Health Informatics Association-KeHIA (www.kehia.org) and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of KeHIA Journal. Posses a BSc (statistics/computer science), PG Dip (computer science), MSc (information systems) & PhD (biomedical informatics).
Specialties: Public Health Informatics, public health & public safety, biostatistics, ISs and computer science. Current interest are in the application and evaluation of informatics solutions that foster the advancement of quality patient information management, patient safety and outcome, and continuity of care across the healthcare continuum.