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Webinar: Assessing technical efficiency of health systems and programs
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When: Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 AM ET/3:00 PM CEST
Where: Online/Webinar
Presenter: Cathy Cantelmo; Arin Dutta; David Khaoya; Rebecca Ross
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Assessing technical efficiency of health systems and programs: A discussion of traditional and new approaches

Presented by the Health Systems' Efficiency Special Interest Group

Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 AM ET/3:00 PM CEST (check your timezone here)

This webinar, presented by experts from Palladium, shall begin with a review of traditional methodologies to assess technical efficiency of health services, such as data envelopment analysis and stochastic distance function. The review will include a presentation of an analysis of efficiency in for-profit hospitals in Indonesia, as well as a discussion of limitations of such analyses. Palladium will then present two examples of new approaches to assessing technical efficiency that aim to overcome challenges in using technical efficiency analyses for programmatic and resource allocation decision-making. This includes a presentation of a new tool for assessing technical efficiency of family planning programs and a study conducted at the county-level in Kenya. The presentation shall conclude with applications of emerging approaches and the need for further research.



Cathy Cantelmo is a Technical Advisor in Palladium. She specializes in health economics and health financing. Over the last 7 years, she has led and conducted economic studies that evaluate the costs and impacts of public health programs. Her work includes developing frameworks and tools for assessing the technical efficiency of HIV and family planning programs. Cathy has a Master’s in Public Health from the George Washington University.





Arin Dutta, PhD, is the senior technical director for health financing on Health Policy Plus (HP+) and a senior economist for Palladium. Arin has more than a decade of experience with health economics issues focussing on infectious diseases and investments in health systems across low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. His current work guides HP+’s growing portfolio of health financing and health economics work, with a specific interest in evaluating large-scale universal health coverage programs. 





David Khaoya, PhD, is a senior Health Finance Advisor for Palladium in the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project in Kenya. Before joining HP+, David was a lecturer in microeconomics at Strathmore University in Kenya. David has also worked in a public policy research and analysis institute as an assistant researcher. Prior to undertaking his PhD (Economics) David worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a planning economist for over 11 years.  






Rebecca Ross is a Technical Advisor in the Health Policy Plus Project (HP+) of Palladium. At Palladium, her work is focused on health financing and economics in Southeast Asia and Africa, including statistical analyses and development of models to understand and predict local HIV epidemics. MS. Ross has previous experience in monitoring and evaluation, research, and quantitative data collection and analysis working on international development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

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