Committees

Scientific Programme Committee
Dawn Dowding
Co-Chair
Dawn is a Professor in Clinical Decision Making in the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester. She is a nurse and health services researcher with expertise in the field of clinical decision making and nursing informatics. She is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (UK). Dawn is co-Chair of the eHealth forum at the Royal College of Nursing, and UK representative to the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Group.
Leanne Currie
Co-Chair
Leanne is a Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing-Vancouver, where she conducts research in the field of nursing, biomedical and health informatics. She is passionate about applying technology to support clinical work including data collection as a by-product of the care process, making clinical work visible, and support of clinical decision making across contexts.
Scientific Programme Committee Members
Emma Collins
Emma is a Senior Professional Practice Fellow within the Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine. She has a background in teaching medical students and nursing students. She has recently commenced a PhD looking at developing child health scenarios for teaching and learning using extended reality technology. Her nursing background is in paediatric nursing and remains working clinically in a paediatric inpatient setting. Her research interests are varied but include digital health and mixed reality technology in healthcare education. She is the current chair of the HiNZ Nursing and Midwifery Special Interest Group.
Karen Courtney
Karen’s background is in health informatics and nursing. She held a National Library of Medicine Predoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics Research while completing her PhD in Nursing. She has a background in designing, conducting and evaluating community-based health information technology projects. These projects have community-dwelling individuals at the center and focus on meeting the self-identified needs and values of patients and family caregivers. Her current funded work focuses on modernizing gender, sex and sexual orientation terminology standards and associated clinical practices with digital health information systems. She is the lead of the Digital Health Equity Group at the University of Victoria and co-lead of the Sex and Gender Working Group at Canada Health Infoway.
Angel Lu
Angel Lu is an Assistant Professor at Chung Shan Medical University's School of Nursing, teaches a variety of subjects including primary Maternal-Health Nursing and Nursing Informatics, while also engaging in research within these domains. She holds a BSN from the University of Dubuque, an MSN in Nursing Informatics from the University of Utah, an MBA from the University of Baltimore, and a PhD in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Her academic qualifications complement her status as a registered nurse and her research interests, which are presently centered on the intersection of education, technology, and big data analytics in healthcare.
Judy Murphy
Judy is a nurse executive with extensive background in health informatics, hundreds of presentations and publications, as well as numerous health IT awards. She served as Chief Nursing Officer for IBM Global Healthcare; as Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and as VP-IT at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin.
Mustafa Ozkaynak
Mustafa is an Associate Professor in College of Nursing at University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. His informatics interests include design and implementation of clinical decision support and examining workflow to inform health information technologies.
Laura-Maria Peltonen
Laura-Maria is a registered nurse and adjunct professor working at the Department of Nursing Science at the University of Turku in Finland. Her research spans from the development of user tailored intuitive solutions to applications of advanced technologies from the perspectives of organisational and patient outcomes. She is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She is board member of the Finnish Social and Health Informatics Association and the European Federation for Medical Informatics Nursing Informatics Working Group. She co-chairs the Nursing Informatics Governance Advisory Panel of the International Medical Informatics Association.
Ann-Kristin Rotegård
Ann-Kristin is the managing director of VAR Healthcare, a clinical decision support tool for nurses, and she is the current chair of the International Medical Informatics Association, Nursing Informatics (IMIA NI). She is committed to promoting quality, structure, system and continuity in nursing and nursing documentation and has 20+ years of experience in nursing informatics.
Grace Teresinha Marcon Dal Sasso
Grace is an Associate Professor, Graduate Program on Health Informatics at Federal University of Santa Catarina. She is currently Visiting Professor and Researcher Fulbright Scholar 2023-2024 at Columbia University. She holds a post-doctorate in Medical Informatics from the School of Health Information Sciences in Houston, Texas, a Master's degree in Nursing (Intensive Care) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1994) and Doctorate in Nursing Informatics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2001). She is Coordinator SIG Telenfermagem RUTE-SC and Coordinator of the Research Laboratory in Health Informatics and Digital Development – LAPISDG. Fellow of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association). I have projects and publications in artificial intelligence with an emphasis on machine learning, mobile health, and telenursing.
Editorial Committee
Nicholas Hardiker
Co-Chair Editorial Committee
Nick is a Registered Nurse with a background in general Nursing and has Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. Nick has 30 years' experience of theoretical and applied research in Digital Health with a particular focus on electronic health records and standardised terminologies. Nick is Vice-Chair (Working Groups) of IMIA-NI, he holds Fellowships with the UK Higher Education Academy, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American College of Medical Informatics, and he was the recipient of the 2017 Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award.
Gillian Strudwick
Co-Chair Editorial Committee
Gillian Strudwick is a Registered Nurse, holding the positions of Chief Clinical Informatics Officer and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is also an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Strudwick serves as a board member for AMS Healthcare and the Village Family Health Team.
Glynda Rees
Glynda Rees is Program Lead for the BCIT Digital Health Advanced Certificate in BC, Canada. Glynda’s interests include digital health education and the potential for health information technologies to improve health outcomes across communities. Glynda is currently a student in the Doctor of Nursing program at the University of Calgary, Canada.
Robyn Cook
Robyn is a Registered Nurse with a background in Critical Care, Nurse Management and Health Informatics. Robyn’s experience encompasses academic health systems, with a focus on translational research and comprehensive care, fully digital facilities, knowledge management, portfolio and program management and business consulting in Australia, UK and the Middle East and is currently co chair IMIA NI Practice Advisory Group.
Young Ji Lee
Dr. Young Ji Lee serves as an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Administration in the Department of Health and Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing. She holds a concurrent position as a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the School of Medicine. Dr. Lee’s expertise lies in structuring and delivering health information online for diverse populations, with a particular focus on minority groups. Currently, she is spearheading the NIH-funded study HELPeR (Health E-Librarian with Personalized Recommendations), which is dedicated to aiding ovarian cancer patients in their navigation of online information.
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