Kassahun Dessie Gashu (MPH, PhD)

Title: Assistant professor in Health Informatics

E-mail: Kasahun Dessie

Cell Phone:+251-912171344

P.o.Box: 196

Address: Gondar, Ethiopia.

Kassahun completed master of public health in Health Informatics at University of Gondar, Ethiopia. His research interests lie in the area of mHealth, eHealth, Health information system and public health. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Public Health Informatics at University of Gondar. His PhD focuses on assessing the acceptability and the effectiveness of mobile phone based reminder and virtual education to improve patient compliance towards TB treatment.

  1. Data use in immunization program to improve data quality and ensure accountability, implementation science study
  2. Capacity building and mentorship program (CBMP) in Amhara and Benshangul-Gumuz regions.
  1. Gashu, KD., Gelaye, K.A., Lester R, Tilahun, B., Effect of a phone reminder system on patient-centered Tuberculosis treatment adherence among adults in northwest Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial
  2. Gashu, KD., Nurhussien F, Mamuye A, Alemu Gelaye K, Tilahun B. Developing and Piloting TB Medication and Refilling Reminder System in Ethiopia. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 16;270:1251-1252. doi: 10.3233/SHTI200387. PMID: 32570604.
  3. Gashu KD.,Gelaye KA, Lester R, Tilahun, B Combined effect of pill refilling and self-medication reminder system on patients’ adherence to tuberculosis treatment during continuation phase in Northwest Ethiopia: a study protocol for randomised controlled trial BMJ Health & Care Informatics 2019;26:e100050. doi: 10.1136/bmjhci-2019-100050
  4. Gashu, KD., Gelaye, K.A., Lester R, Tilahun, B. Adherence to TB Treatment Remains Low During Continuation Phase Among Adult Patients in Northwest Ethiopia, 28 December 2020, PREPRINT (Version 1) available at Research Square [https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-135056/v1]
  5. Gashu, KD., Gelaye, K.A., Mekonnen, Z.A. et al. Does phone messaging improves tuberculosis treatment success? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Infect Dis 20, 42 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-020-4765-x
  6. Tilahun, B., Gashu, K.D., Mekonnen, Z.A. et al. Mapping the Role of Digital Health Technologies in Prevention and Control of COVID-19 Pandemic: Review of the Literature
  7. Tilahun, B., Gashu, K.D., Mekonnen, Z.A. et al. Mapping the role of digital health technologies in the case detection, management, and treatment outcomes of neglected tropical diseases: a scoping review. Trop Med Health 49, 17 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41182-021-00307-1
  8. Mekonnen, Z.A., Gelaye, K.A., Were, M.C., KD Gashu, Tilahun, B. Effect of mobile text message reminders on routine childhood vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev 8, 154 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-019-1054-0
  9. B Senay, Gashu KD, AT Jemere, ZA Mekonnen. Epileptic patients’ willingness to receive cell-phone based medication reminder in Northwest Ethiopia. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 2019
  10. Kimberly Harding, Gashaw Andargie Biks, Mulat Adefris, Jordann Loehr, Kiros Terefe Gashaye, Binyam Tilahun, Michael Volynski, Shashank Garg, Zeleke Abebaw, Kassahun Dessie, Tesfaye B Mersha. A mobile health model supporting Ethiopia’s eHealth strategy. Digital medicine, 2018
  11. Awol, S. M., Birhanu, A. Y., Mekonnen, Z. A., Gashu, K. D., Shiferaw, A. M., Endehabtu, B. F., Kalayou, M. H.,Guadie, H. A.,Tilahun, B. Health Professionals’ Readiness and Its Associated Factors to Implement Electronic Medical Record System in Four Selected Primary Hospitals in Ethiopia. Adv Med Educ Pract, 2020. 11: p. 147-154.
  12. Gashu KD, Teklu A, Mancuso A, et al. How to Improve Local-Level Data Use Culture at Each Level of the Health System? An Implementation Science Study. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 2019 Aug;264:1656-1657. DOI: 10.3233/shti190582.
  13. Abiy R, Gashu KD, Asemaw T, et al. A Comparison of Electronic Medical Record Data to Paper Records in Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic in Ethiopia: What is affecting the Quality of the Data?. Online J Public Health Inform. 2018;10(2):e212. Published 2018 Sep 21. doi:10.5210/ojphi.v10i2.8309
  14. Tilahun, B., Teklu, A. Arielle Mancuso, Zeleke Abebaw, Gashu, K. D., Desalegn Zegeye. How can the use of data within the immunisation programme be increased in order to improve data quality and ensure greater accountability in the health system? A protocol for implementation science study. Health Res Policy Sys 16, 37 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-018-0312-2
  15. Tadesse, Y., Gelagay, A. A., Tilahun, B., Endehabtu, B. F., Mekonnen, Z. A., Gashu, K. D. Willingness to Use Mobile based e-Partograph and Associated Factors among Care Providers in North Gondar Zone, Northwest Ethiopia. Online J Public Health Inform, 2019. 11(2): p. e10
  16. Yared Tadesse, Abebaw Addis Gelagay, Binyam Tilahun, Zeleke Abebaw Mekonnen, Endehabtu, B. F, Gashu, K. D. Willingness to use mobile based e-partograph and associated factors among care providers in orth Gondar zone, northwest Ethiopia. Published: 20 September 2019 by  University of Illinois Librariesin Online Journal of Public Health Informatics Online Journal of Public Health Informatics , Volume 11; doi:10.5210/ojphi.v11i2.9468
  17. Tilahun, B., Teklu, A. Arielle Mancuso, Zeleke Abebaw, Gashu, K. D. Desalegn Zegeye.Using health data for decision-making at each level of the health system to achieve universal health coverage in Ethiopia: the case of an immunization programme in a low-resource setting. Health Res Policy Sys 19, 48 (2021).
  18. Mulugeta Hayelom Kalayou, Berhanu Fikadie Endehabtu, Habtamu Alganeh Guadie, Zeleke Abebaw, Kassahun Dessie, Shekur Mohammed Awol, Nebyu Demeke Mengestie, Abraham Yeneneh, Binyam Tilahun, “Physicians’ Attitude towards Electronic Medical Record Systems: An Input for Future Implementers”, BioMed Research International, vol. 2021, Article ID 5523787, 9 pages, 2021.
  19. Gashu KD, Yismaw AE, Gessesse DN, Yismaw YE. Factors associated with women’s exposure to mass media for Health Care Information in Ethiopia. A case-control study. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2021;12:100833.
  20. Tseganesh Gedlu, Kassahun Dessie Gashu, Netsanet Birhanu, Shawel Tessema, Tesfaye Deti, Zeleke Abebaw Mekonnen, Alemayehu Teklu, Amsalu Shiferaw, & Binyam Tilahun. (2021). Implementation fidelity and challenges of optimal cold chain management in Assossa district health system, Benshangul-Gumuz region, Western Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Journal of Health Development, 35(3). Retrieved from https://ejhd.org/index.php/ejhd/article/view/4647