Basser Seminar Series

Health Information Technologies - The case for a New Class of Information Systems

Professor Jon Patrick
School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney

Wednesday 6 June 2007, 4-5 pm

School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre 123, Level 1


The health system is awash with different information systems created at different historical times and with different levels of sophistication but they cannot share data. Modern medical practice puts a premium on understanding the history of a patient's case for crucial decision making about a patient's care, hence it is vitally important for ISs to share data. In the modern hospital there will be up to 30 ISs and the only method they have for sharing data is by printing it out and placing it in a patient's folder. Solving the problem of interoperability is currently tackled by creating rich message passing systems that have not proven effective. Developing a completely new type of information system seems to be the only way forward. This seminar will discuss the issue of how to construct such a new class of information system and the present a syllogism for its justification. The audience will be asked to assess the merit of the argumentation.

Speaker's biography

Jon Patrick has held the Chair of Language Technology at the University of Sydney since 2002 and previously held the Chair of Information Systems at Sydney, and Massey University, New Zealand. He has worked in the fields of language technology and information systems for 30 years. He was the director of Australia's largest language technology research project from 2002-2004, the Scamseek project. Scamseek was commissioned by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) with the purpose of detecting financial scams on the Internet. He was awarded the Eureka Prize for this work in 2005. His current research focuses on language processing in clinical settings. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. He holds five degrees including a PhD from Monash University, and he is a registered psychologist.