Walter H. Curioso, MD, PhD.

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Líneas de Investigación

- Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TIC) en Salud
- Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TIC) para el Desarrollo y la Inclusion Social
- Salud Móvil (mSalud), Tecnologias móviles para la Salud Global
- Informática para la Salud Global. Informática en Salud Pública, Tecnología de Salud de la Población
- Historias Clinicas Electronicas, Registros Electrónicos de Salud, Registros Médicos Electrónicos 
- Computadoras personales de bolsillo, y dispositivos móviles como método de recolección de datos en el cuidado de la salud.
- Telemedicina y Telesalud

Educación médica continua.
- Acceso a la información médica de los trabajadores de salud en los países en desarrollo.
- Redes sociales

Research Interests

-   Information and Communication Technologies in Health
-   Information and Communication Technologies for Development and Social Inclusion
-   Mobile Health (mHealth), Mobile Global Health
-   Electronic health records, electronic medical records in resource-constraint settings
-   Handheld computers, cell phones and mobile devices as a method of data collection in health care.
-   Telemedicine and Telehealth
-    Continuing medical education.
-    Access to medical information by health care workers in developing countries. 
-    Social Media 

  Proyectos Relevantes / Relevant Projects

- Cell-POS: Evaluation of a Computer-Based System using Cell Phones for HIV people in Peru
- Principal Investigator: Walter H. Curioso, MD, MPH
- Type: United States National Institutes of Health.  1R01TW007896-01
- We propose to develop and evaluate a computer-based intervention using cell phones to enhance adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and support of HIV transmission risk-reduction among adult HIV- positive patients in Peru. Innovative approaches using information technologies such as cell phones are needed to increase adherence to ART for people with HIV/AIDS. The specific aims of the study are to: 1) Conduct formative research to assess culturally-specific behavioral messages to be included in the computer-based system; 2) Develop and test an interactive computer-based system using cell phones to enhance adherence to ART and to deliver HIV transmission risk reduction messages; 3) Evaluate the impact of the system on antiretroviral adherence and sexual risk behaviors.
- For more info, please read the summary at the RePORTER system and you might want to visit:

- WaWaRed: Getting connected for a better maternal and child health in Peru
- Principal Investigator: Walter H. Curioso (PI), Patricia Garcia (Co-Investigator)
- Type: Mobile Citizen Program. Inter-American Development Bank.
Project general objectives:
• To develop an interactive computer-based system and a common mobile phone-based platform to support maternal and child care among pregnant women.
• To Improve health services targeted at pregnant women, reaching women with information to prevent unnecessary deaths and complications.
• To allow pregnant women to have higher levels of accessibility to the health system, and also enable health centers to improve patient monitoring through mobile technology solutions.
• To seek empirical evidence of social and economic impact that can demonstrate the potential of mobile services.

- QUIPU: The Andean Global Health Informatics Research and Training Center
- Principal Investigator: Patricia Garcia (PI), Walter H. Curioso (Co-Investigator)
- Type:
United States National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: 1D43TW008438-0109.
- The overarching goal of this proposal is to establish the “QUIPU: Andean Global Health Informatics Research and Training Center,” a center of excellence for training and research in global health informatics
(GHI) to serve as a hub for addressing the national and regional needs for high-quality training in the Andean Region (AR). The specific aims of the proposal are:
1. To develop and implement short-term and long-term training opportunities in GHI within the AR;
2. To engage emerging investigators in regionally pertinent research in health informatics and bioinformatics; and
3. To expand and consolidate a research network to link researchers in the AR, promoting south-south collaborations, as well as with colleagues from partner universities in the U.S. and other institutions. The Center will expand from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD) in Lima, Peru, two universities from the AR, the Universidad del Cauca (UCA) in Colombia and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (UASB) in Ecuador, and the University of Washington (UW); who will work together as a Consortium to collaboratively implement QUIPU.
- For more info, please refer to the RePORTER system  and you might want to visit:

- C@reNet
- Principal Investigator: Ernesto Gozzer (PI), Walter H. Curioso (Co-Investigator)
- This is a project funded by "Fondo para la Innovación, la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FINCyT) - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONCYTEC) - Ministerio de la Presidencia del Perú," project: PITEA 02-045, to develop a solution for monitoring chronic diseases while increasing treatment compliance. C@reNet is using cell phones for patients with diabetes to report on compliance and self monitoring and to send reminders, alerts, and useful information to them and to health care workers.

  Proyectos Pasados / Past Projects

-   Cell-PREVEN: Developing, implementation and evaluation of a real-time surveillance system for adverse events using cell phones in Peru.
    The overall goal of this study was to develop an interactive-computer system using cell phones to collect and transmit reports of adverse events resulting from the presumptive treatment of bacterial vaginosis with metronidazole in three communities of Peru. For more information, please visit:

Related publications:

PDA-PREVEN: The use of handheld computers for self-administered sexual behavior data collection in Peru
    PDA-PREVEN is a PDA-based application for data collection that was developed using an open-source model. In a cross-sectional study, we compared data collected with paper forms to data collected with PDA-based forms in a field study in Ancon (Lima) concerning sexual behavior.

Related publications:
- Bernabe-Ortiz A, Curioso WH, Gonzales MA, Evangelista W, Castagnetto JM, Carcamo CP, Hughes JP, Garcia PJ, Garnett GP, Holmes KK. Handheld computers for self-administered sensitive data collection: a comparative study in Peru. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008, 8:11 (PubMed indexed in Medline). Available at:

-   Colecta-PALM: Using Personal Digital Assistants to Assess Sexual Risk and Antiretroviral Medication Adherence among an HIV-positive Peruvian Population
     - Principal Investigator: Ann Kurth, PhD; Walter H. Curioso, MD, MPH (Co-Principal Investigator).
     - Grant funded by The University of Washington. 
     - Type: UW School of Nursing RIFP Award.
     - This study is evaluating the usability and acceptability of PDAs in clinics to collect data and to deliver disease self-management messages among an HIV-positive population in Lima, Peru. 

     -  We developed a Web-based Emulator for PDAs (Demo), available here. This Emulator has been featured in the following article: Simoni JM, Kurth AE, Pearson CR, Pantalone DW, Merrill JO, Frick PA. Self-Report Measures of Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence: A Review with Recommendations for HIV Research and Clinical Management. AIDS Behav. 2006 Jun 3
     -   For more info, please visit the Colecta Palm project at:

Related publications:
- Curioso WH, Kurth AE. Access, use and perceptions regarding Internet, cell phones and PDAs as a means for health promotion for people living with HIV in Peru. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007; 7:24. (PubMed indexed in Medline)Available at:
Kurth AE, Curioso WH, Ngugi E, McClelland L, Segura P, Cabello R, Berry DL. Personal Digital Assistants for HIV Treatment Adherence, Safer Sex Behavior Support, and Provider Training in Resource-Constrained Settings. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2007;:921. (PubMed indexed in Medline). Available in PDF : kurth_amia_07.pdf
- Curioso WH, Kurth AE, Cabello R, Segura P, Berry DL. Usability Evaluation of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to support HIV Treatment Adherence and Safer Sex Behavior in Peru. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2008;:918. (PubMed indexed in Medline). Available in PDF : curioso_amia_08.pdf

-  Pambasuko-PALM: Supporting Antiretroviral Adherence and HIV-1 Transmission Risk Reduction: Using Personal Digital Assistants to Standardize Counseling and Assess Patient Behaviors
    - Principal Investigator: Ann Kurth, PhD; Walter H. Curioso, MD, MPH (Co- Investigator).
     - Grant funded by The University of Washington. 
     - Type:
University of Washington Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Pilot Award
This study will evaluate the usability and acceptability of PDAs to deliver HIV clinician training and to collect patient data.  Aim 1 – Adapt a secure Web-based platform PDA application that our team has successfully developed and tested for use in Peru to deliver a standardized HIV nurse counseling protocol and a HIV patient behavioral survey, in two HIV clinics in Mombasa Kenya. Using an intervention and data from a previous CFAR-funded study, we will incorporate appropriate content in Kiswahili to be delivered on the PDA tool.  Aim 2 –  Conduct usability testing of the PDA tool among n =15 nurses and n=15 HIV-positive patients on ART to assess the beta Kiswahili-language application’s acceptability and user satisfaction.  

Related publication:
- Kurth AE, McClelland L, Kamau VF, Curioso WH. Usability of PDAs to Deliver Multi-Language Health Worker Training and Patient Behavioral Assessment in Kenya. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2010;160:1429. Available at: Kurth_et_al_MEDINFO2010.pdf

-   Developing a Web-based system to collect and transmit STI data in Peru
    The objective of this project was to develop an individualized Web-based reporting system to collect sexually transmitted infections (STI) data by a mobile team in communities of Peru as part of the PREVEN project, with the ultimate idea to improve the activities of the personnel efficiently and on-time. 

Developing a Health Information Portal: A Gateway to Peruvian Health Information
     The web site targeted for the general public and anyone who is interested in visiting, working or doing research in Peru. It has been sponsored by the Ministry of Health of Taiwan, the Forgarty/National Institute of Health (through the Global Frameworks Program), with the collaboration of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.
     For more information, please visit    

- Baseline Assessment to implement Tele-education and Tele-medicine Systems in the Andeans and the Jungle of Peru. “Estudio de base para la implementación de sistemas de teleeducación y teleconsultas médicas (Telemedicina) en la Sierra y Selva del Perú”. See note in Spanish.

- Internet use among people living with HIV/AIDS in Peru
   As part of the project "Consejeria Positiva" (Positive Counseling), we are training people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) on how to use the Internet efficiently to search for health information websites as well as teaching PLWHA some useful skills to evaluate health information websites.


Teaching Interests and Mentoring Experience:

-   Training health care workers and students in medical/health informatics:
    - at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH):
        * First International Course. Informatics for Global Health: Advances in Public Health and Genomics (In Spanish)
        * Health Information Systems (2007) for Master's in Public Health students.
        * Master's in Epidemiology (2009-2010): Mentoring UPCH graduate student:

         2010  Jose Perez (UPCH student)  

    - at Mahidol University (Thailand):

Mentoring University of Washington (UW) graduate students through the AMAUTA program.
    2006 Jacqueline Hansen (UW MPH student)
    2007  Deanna Kepka (UW PhD student)
    2008  Alex Quistberg (UW MPH student)
    2009  Kristen Heitzinger (UW MPH student)

Mentoring University of Victoria (Canada) graduate student:
    2010 Greta Castillo (MSc Medical Informatics student)

-   Teaching biomedical and health informatics to UPCH students.
     Courses: Basic Concepts in Global Health - School of Public Health (July 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).
                      Introduction to Research - School of Medicine (2007, 2008)
                      Health Situation Analysis - School of Public Health (2008, 2009)

-    Mentoring UPCH medical students in medical informatics and medical writing
     - Javier Villafuerte-Galvez (2007)
     -  Mauricio La Rosa (2007)
     -  Víctor Puelles (2007)
     -  Humberto Sasieta (2007)
     -  Isaias Arriola-Quiroz (2008-2009)
     -  Maria Cruz-Encarnacion (2008-2009)
     -  Andrea Rivas (2009-2010)
     -  Miguel A. Ceccarelli (2009)
     -  Alvaro Proaño (2011)
     -  Eloy Ruiz (2011)
     -  Rodrigo Carrillo-Larco (2011-2012)

-    Mentoring Harvard medical students in medical informatics
     2007  Jennifer Manne

Ultima actualizacion: 5 Agosto 2011 / Last updated: Ag 5, 2011
©Editado por / Edited by Walter H. Curioso