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David Novillo-Ortiz, MLIS, MSc, PhD

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Academic Information

Departments Adjunct - Biomedical Informatics

Academic Office Information

Dr. Novillo-Ortiz is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.

He obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), where his doctoral dissertation was awarded as Outstanding Thesis by the School of Library and Information Science. He also received a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux and the Public University of Navarre and completed two Certificate Programs, one in Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care at Harvard University, and another in Public Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Novillo-Ortiz has over 15 years of experience in senior and leadership positions working in public health in the data and digital domains. Currently, he is a senior officer at the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations(*).

Dr. Novillo-Ortiz currently sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medical Informatics, and he is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London (UCL).

His research interests include health informatics, digital data sources, health data governance and infodemiology.

(*) Institutional affiliation is provided for identification purposes only and does not constitute institutional endorsement. Any views and opinions expressed are personal and belong solely to the individual and do not represent any people, institutions or organizations that the individual may be associated with in a personal or professional capacity unless explicitly stated.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Zhao L, Cao B, Borghi E, Chatterji S, Garcia-Saiso S, Rashidian A, Doctor HV, DAgostino M, Karamagi HC, Novillo-Ortiz D, Landry M, Hosseinpoor AR, Noor A, Riley L, Cox A, Gao J, Litavecz S, Asma S (2021). Data gaps towards health development goals, 47 low- and middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ, 100(1), 40-49.
  2. Negro-Calduch E, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Nitzan D, Pebody R, Jorgensen P, Novillo-Ortiz D (2021). Health Information Systems in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Short Survey of Experiences and Lessons Learned From the European Region. Front Public Health, 9, 676838.
  3. Negro-Calduch E, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Krishnamurthy RS, Novillo-Ortiz D (2021). Technological progress in electronic health record system optimization: Systematic review of systematic literature reviews. Int J Med Inform, 152, 104507.
  4. Li L, Novillo-Ortiz D, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Kostkova P (2021). Digital Data Sources and Their Impact on People's Health: A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews. . Front Public Health, 9, 645260..
  5. Saig-Rubi F, Pereyra-Rodrguez JJ, Torrent-Sellens J, Eguia H, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Novillo-Ortiz D (2021). Routine Health Information Systems in the European Context: A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 18(9).
  6. Borges do Nascimento IJ, Marcolino MS, Abdulazeem HM, Weerasekara I, Azzopardi-Muscat N, Gonalves MA, Novillo-Ortiz D (2021). Impact of Big Data Analytics on People's Health: Overview of Systematic Reviews and Recommendations for Future Studies. J Med Internet Res, 23(4), e27275.
  7. Azzopardi-Muscat N, Kluge HHP, Asma S, Novillo-Ortiz D (2020). A call to strengthen data in response to COVID-19 and beyond. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 28(3), 638-639.
  8. Borbolla D, Becerra-Posada F, Novillo-Ortiz D (2019). [Legal framework for electronic medical records in the Region of the Americas: definition of domains to legislate and situation analysisEnquadramento legal para os registros eletrônicos em saúde na Região das Américas: definição de domínios para regulamentação e análise da situação]. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 43, e25.
  9. Dumit EM, Novillo-Ortiz D, Contreras M, Velandia M, Danovaro-Holliday MC (2018). The use of eHealth with immunizations: An overview of systematic reviews. Vaccine, 36(52), 7923-7928.
  10. Novillo-Ortiz D, Dumit EM, DAgostino M, Becerra-Posada F, Kelley ET, Torrent-Sellens J, Jimnez-Zarco A, Saig-Rubi F (2018). Digital health in the Americas: advances and challenges in connected health. BMJ Innov, 4(3), 123-127.
  11. D Agostino M, Meja FM, Mart M, Novillo-Ortiz D, Hazrum F, de Coso FG (2018). [Infoxication in health. Health information overload on the Internet and the risk of important information becoming invisible]. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 41, e115.
  12. Marcolino MS, Oliveira JAQ, DAgostino M, Ribeiro AL, Alkmim MBM, Novillo-Ortiz D (2018). The Impact of mHealth Interventions: Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 6(1), e23.
  13. D Agostino M, Meja F, Brooks I, Marti M, Novillo-Ortiz D, de Cosio G (2017). Fear on the networks: analyzing the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 41, e134.
  14. Reis ZSN, Maia TA, Marcolino MS, Becerra-Posada F, Novillo-Ortiz D, Ribeiro ALP (2017). Is There Evidence of Cost Benefits of Electronic Medical Records, Standards, or Interoperability in Hospital Information Systems? Overview of Systematic Reviews. JMIR Med Inform, 5(3), e26.
  15. Saig-Rubi F, Novillo-Ortiz D, Piette JD (2017). [CYTED-RITMOS network: toward the search for solutions to promote mobile health in Latin America]. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 41, e33.
  16. Novillo-Ortiz D, Hernndez-Prez T, Saig-Rubi F (2017). Availability of information in Public Health on the Internet: An analysis of national health authorities in the Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries. Int J Med Inform, 100, 46-55.
  17. Novillo-Ortiz D, Hernndez-Prez T (2017). Social media in public health: an analysis of national health authorities and leading causes of death in Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak, 17(1), 16.
  18. Novillo-Ortiz D, DAgostino M, Becerra-Posada F (2016). Role of PAHO/WHO in eHealth Capacity Building in the Americas: Analysis of the 2011-2015 period. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 40(2), 85-89.
  19. Borkan J, Eaton CB, Novillo-Ortiz D, Rivero Corte P, Jadad AR (2010). Renewing primary care: lessons learned from the Spanish health care system. Health Aff (Millwood), 29(8), 1432-41.
  20. Novillo-Ortz D, Agra Y, Fernndez-Mallo MM, del Peso P, Terol E (2009). [Strategic measures for patient safety in the National Health System: on-line training resources and access to scientific knowledge]. Med Clin (Barc), 131 Suppl 3, 79-84.

Book Chapter

  1. Novillo-Ortiz D (2017). Intergovernmental Collaboration in Global Health Informatics. In Marin H, Massad E, Gutierrez MA, Rodrigues RJ, Sigulem D (Eds.), Global Health Informatics: How Information Technology Can Change Our Lives in a Globalized World (1st). London: Elsevier.


  1. Novillo-Ortiz D, Quintana Y, Holmes JH, Borbolla D, De Fatima Marin H (2021). Leveraging data and information systems on the sustainable development goals. Int J Med Inform, 152, 104504.
  2. Novillo-Ortiz D, De Ftima Marin H, Saig-Rubi F (2018). The role of digital health in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Int J Med Inform, 114, 106-107.
  3. DAgostino M, Al-Shorbaji N, Abbott P, Bernardo T, Ho K, Sinha C, Novillo-Ortiz D (2014). eHealth initiatives to transform health in the region of the Americas. 35(5-6), 326-8, 323-5.
  4. Novillo-Ortiz D (2010). [Google: Searches, analyses and networking in the health care environment]. Enferm Clin, 20(5), 271-2.
  5. Novillo-Ortiz D, Terol Garca E, Rodrguez Escobar J (2008). [Clinical excellence and information technologies]. Enferm Clin, 18(4), 173-4.


  1. Li L, Aldosery A, Vitiugin F, Nathan N, Novillo-Ortiz D, Castillo C, Kostkova P (2021). The Response of Governments and Public Health Agencies to COVID-19 Pandemics on Social Media: A Multi-Country Analysis of Twitter Discourse. Front Public Health (9, p. 716333). Switzerland.