Enrico Coiera, MB, BS, PhD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
1999
University of New South Wales

Enrico Coiera is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Coiera received a medical degree from the University of Sydney in 1982 and a PhD in computer science from the University of New South Wales in 1989.

Dr. Coiera was the Head of the Clinical Computing Division at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney from 1988 to 1989. He moved to the United Kingdom to work at Hewlett-Packard's Research Laboratory in Bristol as a senior research scientist between 1990 and 1998. He subsequently returned to Australia to assume his current position in Sydney at the University of New South Wales, where he is co-director of the newly established Centre for Health Telematics at the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Coiera is the author of The Guide to Medical Informatics, the Internet and Telemedicine (http://www.coiera.com), now used as the basis for many courses in health informatics. His research publications have highlighted the importance of communication processes for informatics research and have focused on informing the clinical community about the importance of new technologies like the Internet and on technical aspects of artificial intelligence techniques for patient monitoring (see http://www.coiera.com/publica.htm). His current research centers on developing a richer understanding of the role that communication processes play in clinical information tasks and on developing economic-inspired models of information transactions. Hewlett-Packard twice has been granted worldwide patents arising from his work, specifically in the areas of guideline-based information systems and role-based communication services for clinical communication systems.

Dr. Coiera has been invited to speak or give keynote addresses internationally on more than 30 occasions, including addresses at the Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Commission of the European Communities and one of the four Cornerstone addresses at the 1999 AMIA Fall Symposium. He is on the editorial board of the Knowledge Engineering Review and the Journal of Medical Internet Research. He has been a member of the Scientific Programme Committee for the Fourth and Fifth European Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine as well as the MEDNET European Conference on the Internet and Medicine in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He was on the organizing committees for the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium on Interpreting Clinical Data, at Stanford University in 1994, and for the Workshop on Intelligent Monitoring at Medinfo '92, in Geneva.