Using Data Systems to Improve the Delivery of Healthcare


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This session will discuss data systems used in primary and secondary health care systems in Pakistan, areas of improvements, and steps to take to implement these changes


Name Title Biography
Muhammad Khizer Afzaal Chaudhary Additional Secretary Administration Primary & Secondary Health Care Department and Emergency Operations Centre Coordinator Punjab Mr. Chaudhary, a career civil servant from the Pakistan Administrative Service, boasts over 15 years of diverse experience. He has served in various field and desk roles, including Deputy Commissioner in three districts of Punjab. Mr Chaudhary holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore; he furthered his education with a Master’s Degree in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Currently, Mr. Chaudhary serves as the Human Resources Head of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department's Administration wing. In this capacity, he oversees HR matters for the department's 145 thousand employees in Punjab. Additionally, he holds the position of Provincial Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication in Punjab. The EOC Punjab collaborates with WHO, GAVI, UNICEF, BMGF, CDC, and Rotary International to implement various initiatives aimed at global polio eradication.
Dr. Shaper Mirza Associate Professor of Biology, Lahore University of Management Science Lahore Trained as an Immunologist and Molecular Microbiologist, Dr. Shaper Mirza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering. Before joining LUMS, Dr Mirza served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Health Science Center, Brownsville and Houston campuses. Dr. Mirza was among the first five Fogarty Fellows from Pakistan. She was awarded the Fellowship to work on Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pakistan. She is currently an active member of American Society for Microbiology, American Diabetes Association, Pakistan Biological Safety Association, and Pakistan Infectious Diseases Society.
Dr. Hyder Ali Khan Program Manager (Analytics) Dr. Hyder Ali Khan is an expert in public health, research, and health data analytics with extensive experience in program management and global health initiatives. He excels in implementing data analysis dashboards, providing technical input for diverse projects, and developing tools for healthcare assessment. Dr. Khan is proficient in visualizing data using PowerBI, Excel, and SPSS to transform complex data into actionable insights. He has collaborated with international donors, government agencies, and healthcare organizations to drive data-driven decision-making and improve health services. His leadership in mHealth projects, extensive field surveys, and stakeholder engagement underscores his expertise in leveraging data to optimize health outcomes. As a Technical Project Manager with the Primary and Secondary Healthcare department, he facilitated facility accreditations among 125 public sector facilities around Punjab based on compliance monitoring data. Dr. Khan holds a Masters of Bioethics and an MBBS from Aga Khan University. His project experience includes improving family planning services for underserved rural women, training community midwives to establish financially sustainable clinics, and developing solutions to meet contraceptive needs. He has assessed healthcare waste management practices, evaluated digital platforms to strengthen immunization programs, and expanded mental health services through mobile technology. Additionally, he has provided reflective spaces for Pakistani migrants and improved child health management. As part of his work with CERP and CLEAR PCA, he collaborated with the government to assess the Hepatitis Control Program data systems, as well as analysed data from Integrated Health Week screening camps.


Name Title Biography
Imran Zia Executive Vice President, Analytics and LABS, Centre for Economic Research (CERP) Imran Zia helps private and public sector businesses and enterprises use data-driven and evidence-based analytic frameworks at CERP. He previously co-founded Sigmaud, a Data Science and AI company. Before that, he led SPRING Accelerator’s operations in Pakistan. At SPRING, he actively advised 11 social-focused startups to use the power of data, analytics, technology and human-centred design to scale the business by optimising product design, product feature selection, marketing, sales and service. Previously he co-founded Zaheen Machines, a company focused on building IoT devices driven by machine learning for energy efficiency. Its first product Jal Bujh converts legacy water heaters into energy-efficient smart appliances. Imran’s expertise are product strategy, product development and management, supply chain optimisation, data-driven evidence-based decision making and rule and machine learning-based systems. He has advised Fortune 500 businesses in supply chain and customer relationship management. He has been a past chairperson at PASHA, MD Pakistan Software Export Board and has held product development, management and consulting positions in Silicon Valley at Oracle, Altera (now Intel) and other startups. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He completed his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

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Decision makers Civil Servant / Intl. Organization Employee Evaluation and transformational change: balancing ambition and realism Health Public Policy

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