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Public Biography
Iain Buchan is Chair in Public Health and Clinical Informatics and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Liverpool. He is a leading researcher and innovator at the interface of public health and data science, and most recently led delivery of world first evidence on SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen testing in Covid-19 responses: see and the first post-lockdown re-opening of live music events in the Northern Hemisphere with the Events Research Programme. Previously, he grew the UKís largest health informatics research team at Manchester. He has developed popular scientific, engineering, and social approaches to health data, including the #DataSavesLives movement, and led multi-disciplinary research centres including for national programmes. He holds qualifications in pharmacology, clinical medicine, public health, statistics and informatics. He has been driving digital innovation projects for over 30 years and wrote widely used statistical software. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and drove new methods before they became popular, including causal machine learning in epidemiology, research objects, learning health systems and digital twin / health avatar. Public health challenges drive Iainís research ñ he has published in areas such as inequalities, obesity, and now pandemic resilience. He conceived civic data cooperatives and worked with colleagues to realise the first in Liverpool ñ accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as the award winning CIPHA ( system.

Historic ACMI Biography

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Iain has been disseminating innovations in Biomedical Informatics for more than 20 years. First distribution of Arcus statistical software in 1988 marked the start of sustained outputs of software, a thesis, new types of learning resources and new computational approaches to Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health Intelligence. The current impact of this work in the US includes over 5,000 users of StatsDirect software in biomedical research settings, and collaborations with Microsoft and US universities over new computational approaches to analyzing and simulating healthcare outcomes. In terms of conventional Biomedical Informatics publications, these began in 1996 in the area of care pathway knowledge management, which is now converging with the e-Epidemiology/Biostatistics outlined above ñ contributing to US-EU colloquia over semantic interoperability of health information.


The American College of Medical Informatics

ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

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