Andrew Kanter

Andrew Kanter

Andrew Kanter

Assistant Professor
Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Biomedical Informatics (in the Earth Institute)


622 W. 168th St. PH20
New York NY USA 10032


Andrew Kanter is Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University. Interested in application of ICT to health in the developing world, he has worked or traveled in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining Columbia, he recently spent 12 years with a private medical informatics company where he helped develop the Healthmatics EHR now being sold by Allscripts in addition to providing medical terminology and consulting services to other electronic medical record companies. He is currently appointed to Columbia University full-time in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics (College of Physicians & Surgeons) and Epidemiology (Mailman School of Public Health) and previously supported the development and implementation of the Millennium Villages Global-Network (MVG-Net) for the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). He directs the Columbia International eHealth Lab (CIEL) in the Department of Biomedical Informatics which supports eHealth work around the world. His work focuses on bringing real-world solutions to resource-poor settings to help them achieve the Millennium Development Goals.



MPH, 1991, Harvard University
MD, 1991, Harvard University
BS, 1985, University of California at Los Angeles
Other, 2006, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge UK

Mailman Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Editorial Boards

International Journal of Medical Informatics

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Columbia International eHealth Laboratory (CIEL)

Areas of Expertise

E-health, Health Informatics, Global Health

Select Global Activities

Millennium Villages Project: Was responsible for health information systems and medical informatics for the Millennium Villages Project of the Earth Institute at Columbia. This was an integrated comprehensive bottom-up development program based in fourteen sites in ten countries across sub-Saharan Africa. See:
Columbia International eHealth Laboratory (CIEL): CIEL provides health informatics support to the international community through support of OpenMRS and terminology in more than 60 different countries.

Select Publications

Kanter AS, Negin J, Olayo B, Bukachi F, Johnson E, Sachs SE. Millennium Global Village-Net: Bringing together Millennium Villages throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Int J Med Inform. 2009 Dec;78(12):802-7. Epub 2009 Sep 18
Ohemeng-Dapaah S, Pronyk P, Akosa E, Nemser B and Kanter AS. Combining Vital Events Registration, Verbal Autopsy and Electronic Medical Records in Rural Ghana for Improved Health Services Delivery. MedINFO 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept 2010
Tierney WM, Kanter AS, Fraser HSF, Bailey C. A Toolkit For eHealth Partnerships in Low-Income Nations. Health Affairs. Supplement 2010; 29(2): 268-273
Kanter AS, Borland R, Barasa M, Iiams-Houser C, Velez O, Kaonga N, Berg M. The importance of using open source technologies and common standards for interoperability within eHealth: Perspectives from the Millennium Villages Project. Adv Health Care Manag. 2012;12:189-204
Vawdrey DK, Natarajan K, Kanter AS, Hripcsak G, Kuperman GJ, Stockwell MS. Informatics Lessons from Using a Novel Immunization Information System. Proc of World Congress on Medical Informatics (Medinfo’13), 2013 Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:589-93.
Kaonga NN, Labrique A, Mechael P, Akosah E, Ohemeng-Dapaah S, Sakyi Baah J, Kodie R, Kanter AS, Levine O. Using social networking to understand social networks: analysis of a mobile phone closed user group used by a Ghanaian health team. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Apr 3;15(4):e74. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2332.
Kaonga NN, Labrique A, Mechael P, Akosah E, Ohemeng-Dapaah S, Baah-Sakyi J, Kodie R, Kanter AS, Levine O. Mobile phones and social structures: an exploration of a closed user group in rural Ghana. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2013;13:100. DOI: 10.1186/10.1186/1472-6947-13-100.
Velez O, Okyere PB, Kanter AS, Bakken S. A Usability Study of a Mobile Health Application for Rural Ghanaian Midwives. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2014 Jan 8. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12071.
Blanas DA, Ndiaye Y, MacFarlane M, Manga I, Siddiqui A, Velez O, Kanter AS, Nichols K, Hennig N. Health worker perceptions of integrating mobile phones into community case management of malaria in Saraya, Senegal. Int Health. 2015 May;7(3):176-82. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihu075. Epub 2014 Oct 14.
Oza S, Jazayeri D, Teich JM, Ball E, Nankubuge PA, Rwebembera J, Wing K, Sesay AA, Kanter AS, Ramos GD, Walton D, Cummings R, Checchi F, Fraser HS Development and Deployment of the OpenMRS-Ebola Electronic Health Record System for an Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone. J Med Internet Res 2017;19(8):e294 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7881

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