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Editorial Board


Christian Lovis, MD, MPH, FACMI

Professor and Chairman, Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland

Research Focus

Christian Lovis’ work is mostly driven by using digitalization of data, information, and knowledge. His team’s research focuses on three major fields: (1) clinical information systems: design and architecture, sustainability, and impacts; (2) data- and knowledge-driven science: natural language processing, knowledge representation, semantics and interoperability, context awareness, advanced analytics, predictive, and decision support; and (3) human factors: advanced interactions, augmented reality, conversational, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and ergonomics. Christian’s own research is led by the desire to use medical information sciences to improve health, well-being, and knowledge in life sciences, with an MD thesis centered on natural language processing and large datasets to support physician’s work. This is a theme that he has continued all through his career, to the big data and artificial intelligence era, to address the challenge of real-time usable integration of multisource, multimodal data with persistent semantics.


Christian Lovis is a Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor board certified in Internal Medicine with emphasis on Emergency Medicine and holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Washington, WA. In parallel to medicine, he studied Medical Informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer. Christian developed and deployed the clinical information system at the university hospitals of Geneva, a consortium of all public in- and out-patient facilities of Geneva State, Switzerland. Christian is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field of Medical Informatics. He has occupied several positions in Medical Informatics organizations, such Chair of the IMIA WG on Health Information Systems (HIS), President of the Swiss Medical Informatics, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of HIMSS. Christian is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. He has been heavily involved in the development and enforcement of the Swiss Federal Law for the Shared Patient Record.


"All what we do around digital “everything”, ends up impacting life of people, saving lives and killing people, improving health and well-being, or hurting and provoking suffering. Really, daily. And this is why we have to do it seriously, building strong evidence, solid foundations. We cannot hide behind statistics, profit or “quick wins” to accept everything, anything. These numbers, they are us."

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Juliana Brixey, RN, MSN, MPH, PhD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics/School of Nursing, USA

Research Focus

Juliana Brixey’s research focuses on virtual reality, online education, and interruptions in workflow.


Juliana Brixey completed her PhD in Health Informatics from the School of Health Information Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Nursing where she taught nursing informatics courses. Notably, Juliana introduced the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the nursing informatics curriculum. In June 2010, Juliana returned to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics. She has teaching responsibilities in the Master’s in Applied Health Informatics program. Juliana has introduced the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the Master’s in Applied Informatics curriculum.

Iain Buchan, MD, FFPH, FACMI, FFCI

University of Liverpool, UK

Research Focus

Iain Buchan’s research focuses on (1) clinical research informatics, including the e-infrastructure for this, trustworthy reuse of health data at scale, and distributed statistical/epidemiological modelling; (2) public health informatics, covering all aspects of "population level uses of electronic health records"; and (3) usefully complex models at the interface of n-of-1 understanding of individual health and clinical epidemiology. Supporting co-production of care, with emphasis on informed self-care.


Iain Buchan founded and leads the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester, which now hosts the MRC Health eResearch Centre - the methodological hub for the UK's national Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research. He has backgrounds in clinical medicine, pharmacology, statistics and public health, and his informatics depth is around building usefully complex models and health and care to support research and service-development.

Mircea Focsa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania


Mircea Focsa is a medical doctor and specialist in public health and healthcare management. His great attraction to the IT domain led his research to fields like database and knowledge management, bio-signals and image processing, biostatistics, and medical ontology. He earned his PhD in medical informatics and was involved as a member or team leader in several European and national research projects related to EHR systems (QREC, EHR-QTN, epSOS). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara and recently became an Expert Evaluator of the European Commission for eHealth Projects. 

Jeffrey Klann, MEng, PhD

Harvard Medical School, USA

Research Focus

Jeffrey Klann’s research focuses on the secondary use of medical data for knowledge discovery, quality, safety, and efficiency. This takes the form of informatics tools that enable research and discovery (eg, data warehouses, analysis platforms, distributed computing) as well as applications and methods for utilizing that data (eg, decision support, data mining, artificial intelligence, Bayesian networks).


Jeffrey Klann believes that technology can and should have the same positive impact in the medical world it has in the consumer world and that the nation's massive investment in Health Information Technology should translate into accelerated innovation and discovery and improved quality, efficiency, and safety of health care.

Claudia Pagliari, PhD, FRCPE

Medical School, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Research Focus

Claudia Pagliari’s research focuses on new data streams (remote monitoring, crowdsourced data, data linkage) for better care coordination, research, and policyShe also studies the ethical, societal, and regulatory implications of emerging digital health innovations, as well as factors influencing their effectiveness and sustainability.


Claudia Pagliari is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in health informatics at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she leads the Interdisciplinary Research Group in eHealth, the Master's programme in Global eHealth and the consumer informatics theme of the NHS Digital Academy. She is an interdisciplinary scientist whose research spans many areas of health informatics, including policy studies, health technology evaluation, implementation science, user-centred design and digital governance. This includes studies of electronic health records, e-government programmes, consumer digital health and personal health records, remote telehealth and mHealth, social media and social robots, eHealth in low-resource settings and emerging directions in health data science.

Carlos Luis Parra Calderón, PhD

Technological Innovation, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Spain

School Computer Engineering, University of Seville, Spain 

Research Focus

Carlos Luis Parra Calderón’s research interests are clinical research, data mining, and information security.


Carlos Luis Parra Calderón has an economics degree and Master of Research in Industrial Organization from the University of Seville. He is the Head of Innovation Technology at “Virgen Macarena” and “Virgen del Rocío” University Hospitals. Over the last 5 years, he has published 31 review articles and 2 book chapters. He is a member of the EHR WG of HL7, member of the Board of the Spanish Society of Health Informatics, and a representative of this organization in the European Federation in Medical Informatics (MIE 2015 LOC Chair), a member of AENOR TC 139 of “Medical Informatics” corresponding to CEN TC251 and ISO TC 215, and also a member of the Board of Andalusian Health Informatics Professionals Association (APISA). He has participated in the following European projects with a high focus on interoperability: epSOS (CIP Call 6), Trillium Bridge (FP7-ICT-2013-5.1 e4) and eHealth: REWIRE (FP7-ICT-2011-5.1) Health@Home (AAL 2008) and European COST Action IS1303:CHIP ME.

Jennifer Hefner, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Services Management and Policy, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, USA


Dr. Hefner conducts scholarship reviews in the fields of health services research and clinical informatics. Her research focuses on applying management and organizational theories to the study of healthcare transformation in hospital settings. Currently, Dr. Hefner is working on understanding management strategies that are effective in reducing healthcare-associated infections, evaluating healthcare quality measures and studying the impact of patient portals on healthcare workflow. Dr. Hefner is Associate Editor for Advances in Healthcare Management, a biannual peer reviewed journal published by Emerald Press.