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Binyam C. Tilahun, MSc, MPH, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor of Health Informatics, Institute of Public Healh  Founder and Leader, eHealthLab Ethiopia

E-mail: Biniyam C.Tilahun1 OR Biniyam C.Tilahun2
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Dr. Binyam Tilahun is the leader of the eHealthLab Ethiopia, and an Assistant Professor of Health Information Systems, at the Institute of Public Health in the University of Gondar. He currently leads different global health informatics projects in the area of eHealth, mHealth and Big Health Data and data use-with funding from major national and international organizations including- World Health Organization(WHO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), European Union, Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Grand Challenges Ethiopia and others. His projects mostly focus on national level capacity building and technical assistance for sustainable health information system, and community-based innovations with a vision of improving clinical services and health system strengthening through low-cost, scalable digital health solutions in remote settings of Ethiopia.

He recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship from the University of the British Columbia in Canada where he worked on Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded Global Implementation science research project. This Comprehensive Five-year Implementation Science research is one of the biggest mHealth implementation science research projects globally, that aim to identify barriers and facilitators of thirteen mHealth projects in North America and Africa using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation science(CFIR).

Dr. Tilahun has a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Münster, Germany (2016), Master of Science degree under Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from Consortium of three universities in Europe (University of Juame I-Spain, University of Lisbon-Portugal and University of Munster-Germany) (2012) and another master’s degree in Public Health with Health Informatics specialization from the University of Gondar(2010).

Dr. Tilahun worked in Health information systems in three continents for the last 12 years and he has a solid background both in informatics and Public health, with specific training and expertise in Health Informatics and implementation sciences. He has special interest and passion in national level capacity building and, in training young health informaticians for sustainable impact on the health information system of the country. With this strong vision, he, with his colleagues, developed the first bachelors level training program in East Africa in 2012. As of this year (2018), 56 students already graduated with this training curriculum and are working at different level of the health system. Currently, more than 300 students are on training. He also leads the development of the first PhD in Public Health Informatics program in Africa in which, already three fellows from Ministry of health and Universities enrolled.

He is currently leading Capacity Building and Mentorship Project(CBMP)- a three-year collaborative project with Federal Ministry of Health to provide capacity building and mentorship in the implementation of information revolution agenda in Amhara and Benshangul Gumuz regions. He is also collaborating with FMOH and John Snow Inc under Gates foundation and Doris Duke Charitable foundation grant to expand undergraduate health informatics education to other 10 Universities in Ethiopia with vision of training 2000 bachelors level, 80 masters level and 10 PhD level health informatics professionals in the coming five years.


  1. Capacity Building and Mentorship (CBMP)
  2. Data use partnership (DUP)
  3. Data Use for Data Quality (DUD) Study:
  4. mHealth4afrika

PhD Students

  1. Kassahun Dessie-principal supervisor
  2. Zeleke Abebaw– Principal Supervisor
  3. Moges Asresie- Principal Supervisor

Selected Publications

  1. Binyam Tilahun, Fleur Fritz: Modeling antecedents of electronic medical record system implementation success in low-resource setting hospitals. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2015; 15: 61.

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Fleur Fritz: Comprehensive Evaluation of Electronic Medical Record System Use and User Satisfaction at Five Low-resource Setting Hospitals in Ethiopia JMIR Med Inform 2015;3(2):e22.

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  1. Senafekesh Biruk, Tesfahun Yilma, Mulusew Andualem, and Binyam Tilahun: Health Professionals’ readiness to  implement electronic medical record system at three hospitals in Ethiopia: a cross sectional study: BMC medical   informatics, doi:10.1186/s12911-014-0115-5

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Tomi Kauppinen, Carsten Keßler, Fleur Fritz: Design and Development of a   Linked Open Data-Based Health Information Representation and Visualization System: Potentials and Preliminary Evaluation. JMIR Medical Informatics 01/2014; 2:e31.

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  1. Kalid Alwan,Tadesse Awoke, Binyam Tilahun: Knowledge and Utilization of Computers Among Health Professionals in a Developing Country: A Cross-Sectional Study. JMIR human factors  Vol 2, No 1 (2015)

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  1. Fleur Fritz, Binyam Tilahun,Martin Dugas: Success Criteria for Electronic Medical Record Implementations in Low-resource Settings – A Systematic Review: J Am Med Inform Assoc.2015 Mar;22(2):479-88. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocu038.

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Atinkut Zeleke, Fleur Fritz, Desalegn Zegeye: New Bachelors Degree Program in Health Informatics in Ethiopia: Curriculum Content and Development Approaches. Studies in health technology and informatics 01/2014; 205:798-802.

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Fleur Fritz: Service Quality: A Main Determinant Factor for Health Information System Success in Low-resource Settings: Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:927.

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  1. Fleur Fritz ,Binyam Tilahun, Mihretu Kebede,: The need for cost-benefit analyses of eHealth in low and middle-income countries. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:981. PMID: 26262283

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  1. Gebrehiwot Yehualashet,Mulusew Andualem,Binyam Tilahun: The Attitude towards and Use of Electronic Medical Record System by Health Professionals at a Referral Hospital in Northern Ethiopia: Cross-Sectional Study: : Journal of health informatics in Africa Vol 2, No 1(2014)

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  1. Binyam Tilahun: Lessons Learnt from pioneering Electronic Medical Record System Implementer hospitals in Addis Ababa: EPHI Annual Conference on Strengthening health systems: Oct 2015

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Atinkut Zeleke, Mengistu Kifle, Fleur Fritz: Ethiopian National eHealth Strategy and its alignment with the health informatics curriculum: Journal of health informatics in Africa Vol 2, No 2(2014)

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  1. Fleur Fritz, Binyam Tilahun, Martin Dugas: The European initiative EHR4CR – Lessons learned for EHR implementations in Africa: Journal of health informatics in Africa Vol 2, No 1(2014)

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  1. Binyam Tilahun, Tomi Kauppinen: Potential of Linked Open Data in Health Information Representation on the Semantic Web. SWAT4LS 2012 conference, paris France

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  1. Fleur Fritz, Binyam Tilahun: Global Health Informatics – Challenges and Possibilities. Conference on Medical Informatics in Europe 2014, Istanbul, Turkey ,01/2014


  1. Binyam Tilahun, Atinkut Alamirew Zeleke, Fleur Fritz, Mihretu Mola, Mulusew Andualem, Tesfahun Melese, Solomon Assefa, Desalegn Zegeye:Towards Problem-Based Health informatics Education and Research: Ten Years of Experience and future directions: Proceeding of HELINA 2014 conference

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eHealthLab Ethiopia

eHealthLab Ethiopia is a Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development based at University of Gondar. It was established to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to contribute toward Ethiopian Vision 2020. The research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, students’ engagement, collaboration with government, industry and other funding agencies.The research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, students’ engagement, collaboration with government, industry and other funding agencies.


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