Lizbeth Acuña Merchán

Lizbeth has a PhD in Health Economics, a Master's in Epidemiology and a Master's in government and public management for Latin America. She has complementary studies in quality improvement in health organizations from the Harvard School of Public Health, evaluation of health technologies, studies in high government, managerial leadership, strategic innovation and public innovation.
With 23 years of experience in the health sector, she has led the planning and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention strategies, planning, intervention and control of health spending. Since 2012, he assumed the executive direction of the High Cost Account, where She leads the design and implementation of the information system for disastrous or life-threatening diseases in the country, which allows the construction and implementation of public policies for risk adjustment and evaluation and performance monitoring in care processes carried out by insurers, providers and health service providers in Colombia.
She also leads the design of analysis methodologies for the identification and implementation of policies, strategies and actions that contribute to improving the quality of care. It has guided the technological transformation of the High Cost Account for the service of all actors in the health system, making it a pioneer in key issues such as interoperability, machine learning and Big data, among others, to generate evidence and promote the use of data from real life in the investigation and adjustment of policies through participation processes with the different interest groups of the sector, and through the mass media and publications that have a great national and international impact.
Likewise, her work is characterized by a focus on equity and empowerment of work teams. In 2020 she co-founded MPODERA, a group of leading women in the health sector that promotes equity and female empowerment in organizations and, since 2022, has been part of its board of directors, promoting this culture within the organization she manages. She’s a national and international speaker and lecturer. The work she has developed with her work team has been recognized locally and worldwide for being an innovative model in the management of people with high-cost diseases that allows the country to be a benchmark in the design and implementation of public policies aimed at better management, payment mechanisms for results, efficiency and quality of care through models of technological management, democratization of information, knowledge management and its use for better decision-making in health.