On November 4 – 8, 2017, OmniSystems’ Director of Health Information Technology, Maxine Elliott joined more than 13,000 experts attending the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2017 Global Health Annual Meeting and Expo – the world’s largest and most influential public health meeting. Maxine Elliott, a certified public health practitioner joined the ranks of public health researchers, academicians, policymakers and practitioners who collectively presented more than 4,000 scientific papers at over 1,000 sessions focusing on the latest public health challenges, including plenary sessions, oral presentations, roundtable workshops, poster sessions and panel discussions. The theme for this year’s meeting was "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health."
On Tuesday November 7, Maxine Elliott joined moderator Elvira Berocochea, M.D. of Realizing Global Health, and three other panelists in a well-attended session on Aid Effectiveness in Global Health. The presentation by Maxine Elliott entitled, “Creating Effective Efficiencies in Developing Countries” emphasized that aid effectiveness requires a systems thinking approach to produce transformative change that is sustainable and measurable. Aid organizations and their partners that implement global health programs are constrained by:
- internal inefficiencies,
- administrative and operational complexities, and
- a culture of survival, which continues to impede improvement in the areas of accountability, transparency, harmonization, and successful implementation of effective management strategies and supporting technologies.
These constraints create loopholes that waste talented resources and breed local corruption.
Lean Six Sigma, a methodology that can be used in any organization to deliver the required improvements in the areas of efficiency, effectiveness, cultural change and program outcome, was presented as a solution. It encourages stakeholder engagement and focuses on the voice of the customer; it provides powerful tools that identify and remove process waste, improving public perception on aid effectiveness while building capacity.
As the Director of Health IT at OmniSystems, Inc., Maxine Elliott provides leadership in expanding OmniSystems’ footprint in the domestic and international Healthcare markets by providing services to public and private sector organizations in Behavioral Health Solutions, Electronic Health Records, Interoperability, Health Information Security - which includes the leading Health Information Security Accreditation program, Case Management, Population Health Management, Technical Assistance, and Program and Project Management. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Finance, an MPH with concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a Masters certificate in Professional Contracts Management, and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She has also holds professional membership with the Project Management Institute, National Contracts Management Association, the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and the American Public Health Association.