Russel Gann, Chief Information Officer, Vinnell Arabia (Ministry of the National Guard)

Russell Gann is currently working in support of the National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He recently left the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked from 2003.

In 2011, Russel was recruited by the Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become the Project Manager for Public Health Informatics, infectious disease surveillance. During this time he was made Project Manager of the Healthcare Electronic Surveillance Network (HESN) – BigData Application - Panorama product from Canada; the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); and to implement surveillance, informatics, audiovisual and database requirements for the National Health Laboratory (NHL). During this time he also consulted on the Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) through DTRA, DOD and WHO. After having worked in the US and KSA, he worked with King Abdulaziz International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) at the Ministry of the National Guard (MNG), Saudi Arabia; King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center (NACC), National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA), Ministry of National Guard, Saudi Arabia; Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia; and with Health Affairs Division (HAD), Ministry of the National Guard, Saudi Arabia. Russel has also collaborated and provided research/journal reviews on various journal articles and research related to informatics, emergency preparedness/response and emergency operations centers for the World Health Organization.

In 2014, he was recruited to assist in the modernization of the Ministry of the National Guard and am currently the Senior Consultant and Supervisor of the Information Management/Internet Technology section of the Health Affairs Division of Vinnell Arabia in support of OPM-SANG.