Elske Ammenwerth, DrSc, FACMI

Year Elected: 
2011
University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT)

Currently: University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT)

Web site: www.elske-ammenwerth.de

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Dr. Elske Ammenwerth received her undergraduate education in Medicine from the University of Essen in Germany, and a Doctorate in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg’s Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics. She also received a degree in Habilitation in Medical Informatics from the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol, Austria. She rose throught the academic ranks and at the time of election to the College was professor of Health Informatics at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol.

Professor Dr. Ammenwerth has made sustained contributions in the field of technology evaluation, and her methods have been adopted widely, in Europe, the United States and around the world. At the time of election she had more than 150 peer reviewed publications and a sustained record of funded research in electronic health records design, innovations to improve patient safety, evaluation of the impact of clinical information systems, and the use of inpatient, home and mobile monitoring. She has been a member of scientific program committees for a wide range of international health informatics conferences, and served as managing editor of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. Her work on technology evaluation, particularly that based on the theory of interaction of task, technology and individuals, has been widely cited. Her election as an International Fellow of the College recognizes these contributions that have had an international scope of influence.