Tina Purnat is Team Lead for Infodemic Management in the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness at WHO.
Tina has worked at the intersection of health research, analysis and policy-making with an emphasis on digital health and health information systems. Most recently, she worked at WHO on frameworks for assessment and evaluation of AI and other digital health technologies in health. She also worked on health information exchange and interoperability, and related aspects of health data governance for sharing, research and use in policy-making. As part of the WHO COVID-19 response, she worked in developing and formulating WHO infodemic response and infodemic management interventions, for which she received the WHO Pathfinder and Innovation Award 2021.
She left basic science research in 2007 to join the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the first time, to lead data collection, capacity building, and reporting of notifiable infectious diseases. She later worked at WHO and University of Munich as an analyst in clinical trials and implementation research studies in LMICs.
Between 2015-19, she was Unit Leader for Health Informatics and Information Systems, and 2016-2018 acting Unit Leader and Programme Manager for Health Information, Monitoring and Analysis at WHO Regional Office for Europe. There, she led the development of the European Health Information Gateway; capacity building courses in health information and evidence-informed policy-making; and assessment, integration and strengthening of health information systems in countries. She was managing editor of the European Health Report 2018, which outlined the vision for improved use of evidence, research and health information to inform policy-making in the WHO European Region.