Basser Seminar Series

Electronic Decision Support Systems

Professor Enrico Coiera
Director, Centre for Health Informatics
University of New South Wales

Wednesday 23 August 2006, 4-5 pm

School of IT Building, Level 1, Lecture Theatre 123


Professor Coiera will give an update on research undertaken at the Centre of Health Informatics on electronic decision support systems.

The emergence of evidence-based medicine is redefining clinical practice. Flooded with information about new treatments, clinicians and consumers can no longer keep up-to-date. Consequently the study of how clinical evidence is accessed in a timely and efficient way, so that is actually used, is a high priority issue.

Research into the design of evidence-delivery systems combines studies of how consumers and clinicians use information to make decisions with developments in computational theory and technologies. Research in this area will lead to the construction of information and communication systems that allow clinicians and consumers to access the most up-to-date information in a way that suits their specific working environment.

Speaker's biography

Professor Enrico Coiera is the Foundation Professor in Health Informatics and Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of NSW. He is also Founding President of the Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). The Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW is a world-class medical informatics research laboratory, focussing on a range of research including evidence-based decision support, communication research and evaluation of medical computing systems.

Enrico sits on several state and national health research councils, including the Australian Health Information Council (AHIC) and the NSW Ministerial Advisory Council in Medical and Health Research.

Prior to his appointments at UNSW, Enrico was a senior project manager at Hewlett Packard Research Laboratories (Bristol) where he championed Hewlett Packard’s entry into the communication market in healthcare, and the company was awarded several patents resulting from his research.