Ms. Nirmala Murthy
Nirmala Murthy is an honorary president of the Foundation for Research in Health System, a non-government research organization, which she helped create in 1989. She has a Masters degree in statistics from Bombay University, India (1967), and a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA (1974). In 1974, she joined the faculty of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, doing research and training in the area of public health management.
She is a specialist in Health Information Systems, monitoring & Evaluation of Health and Welfare programs and has designed several management training programs for health care providers working at different levels in public health system. As early as in 1983, she demonstrated feasibility of using micro-computers in rural health centres to significantly improve quality and reach of health services to rural mothers and children. The concept was later replicated in different health programs and now been adopted at the national level. Currently her work involves using ICT to simplify health information gathering, processing and data use by program managers to improve health outcomes among the rural poor. She has published over 50 research papers in journals and books, in the area of her expertise.