Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, United States; and Medical Doctor from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from UW. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Curioso has held numerous leadership positions at national and international levels, both at the public and private sector. In academia, he is currently the Vice Provost of Research at Universidad Continental in Lima, Peru. In addition, Dr. Curioso is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. Dr. Curioso has more than 140 publications, including peer-reviewed articles in indexed journals and book chapters related to health information systems, biomedical informatics and global health. Dr. Curioso is a Member of the World Health Organization Digital Health Roster of Experts. International consultant on health information systems and telemedicine for institutions including the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) - United Nations, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IABD). Dr. Curioso has extensive experience in the public sector. He has led the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects at the national level related to strengthening health systems and health information systems. He was Vice Minister of Policies and Social Evaluation, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion in Peru. In this role, he coordinated with 15 Ministries a Multisectoral Plan in the fight against anemia. Previously, Dr. Curioso was Adviser to the Minister of Health, Peru. He was Director General of the General Office of Statistics and Informatics - Ministry of Health, Peru. In this role, he led the implementation of the On-Line Registration of Certificates of Live Births, Telemedicine, and Electronic Health Records at the national level. Dr. Curioso was Adjunct Superintendent - National Superintendence of Health (SUSALUD). Dr. Curioso was previously Director of Evaluation and Knowledge Management at the National Council of Science and Technology (CONCYTEC), at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Peru.
Abstract: Biomedical informatics could significantly improve health care access, use, quality, and outcomes, realizing this possibility requires personnel trained in digital health. However, significant gaps remain in Latin America. Technological and socio-cultural disparities between different regions or between provinces within the same country are prevalent. Rural areas, where the promise and need are highest, are particularly deprived. There is an unmet need for training and building the capacity of professionals in biomedical informatics not only in Peru but also in Latin America. This Keynote aims to present a selection of experiences in building biomedical informatics capacity in Peru to illustrate a series of challenges and opportunities for strengthening digital health training programs in the Region. A successful biomedical informatics ecosystem for Peru requires culturally relevant and collaborative research and training programs in digital health. These programs should be responsive to the needs of all relevant regional stakeholders, including government agencies, non–governmental organizations, industry, academic or research entities, professional societies, and communities.