Maintenance Note

On Friday, August 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time, JMIR will be completing a server migration to improve site stability and user experience. We expect to be back online Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Should any problems arise our technical team will be using the weekend to resolve them, and users will be able to access our site by Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time.

Who will be affected?



Christian Lovis, MD MPH FACMI

Professor and Chairman

Division of Medical Information Sciences

University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)

University of Geneva (UNIGE)


Research Focus

Christian Lovis’ fields of research focuses on three major fields. The first one is clinical information systems, from their architectures to their use to improve patient safety, care efficiency and strategic governance. The second field is around advanced human-machine interfaces, including 3D, augmented reality, contact-free, or innovative interaction paradigms, especially in cooperative/collaborative systems; but also quantified self, self monitoring, captors, etc., including environmental captors, and especially focusing in integration software platform to integrate various sources. His team is also working on specifics of bio-captors for elderly, such as elderly-adapted activity captors. Finally, one of the results of the first two topics is data, and Big data (or shall we say smart data) in health care, how to integrate multisource, multimodal data; how to represent persistent semantics; how to interact with very large data sets, multimensional datasets, etc. is one of his current research fields. Finally, he is interested in formal evaluation of human machine interfaces, human factors, ergonomics, with techniques such as eye-tracking and a dedicated Evaluation Lab at his premises in Geneva.


Christian Lovis is 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 trained in Internal Medicine with special emphasis on emergency medicine and holds a FHM in Internal Medicine and is graduated in public health from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, with a focus in community based health. In parallel to medicine, he studied medical informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer, focusing on clinical information systems and medical semantics. Between 2000 and 2010, he was in charge of developing and deploying the computerized patient record for the university hospitals of Geneva. Christian is the author of a large number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of medical informatics focusing on three pillars:  a) Medical semantics, knowledge representation and natural language processing; b) Clinical information systems, architectures, strategy, secondary usage of data for clinical research and c) advanced human-machine interfaces and their evaluation and impacts, human factors. He is chairing the Traceability working group of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, the “standard und Architektur” and the “Semantik” working groups of the Swiss eHealth federal coordination committee. Christian is member of several working groups at the European Union for ICT activities, such as impacts of health records, policies around secondary usage of clinical data, or regulation for the usage of RFID in healthcare and active in major BigData European research programs such as clinical leader of the DebugIT Eu project of the 7th framework, that intend to develop a distributed pan-European network around infectious disease surveillance using clinical information systems or data providers for the Innovative Medicine Initiative project EHR4CR. Christian Lovis is the European representative and vice-chair elect of the board of managers of HIMSS Global, the largest worldwide organization supporting the improvement of care systems using health care information and management systems.


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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, FACMI

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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.


“The grand challenge of data-intensive health care faces a tsunami of data, a blizzard of models and a relative drought of the human expertise required to inform and innovate. JMI will link the scholars of this quest in a concert of scientific publication, to support and challenge the full spectrum of informaticians working to advance human health and care.”



Sarah Collins, RN, PhD

Partners Healthcare Systems, USA

Medicine Harvard Medical School, USA

Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Research Focus

Sarah Collins’ research focuses on (1) care coordination/continuity of care Coordination/Continuity of Care (including collaborative documentation and communication EHR tools; standards and terminologies related to care coordination; and care planning/plans of care EHR tools) and (2) decision-support (non-ordering, non-medication specific) with a sub focus on nurses and other health professionals (beyond ordering providers), data analytics, surveillance systems/population health, and risk-based scoring algorithms in acute care (eg, Modified Early Warning Score).


Sarah Collins is a nurse informatician at Partners Healthcare Systems and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research has been recognized and awarded at national and international conferences and policy hearings and is focused on modelling, developing, and evaluating standards-based, patient-centered collaborative clinical informatics tools to further knowledge development, clinical decision-support, and continuity of patient care.


“JMIR Medical Informatics will communicate new knowledge of how clinical informatics tools and EHR systems with advanced clinical features, decision support, and clinical data analytics can help us better understand and process clinical data and realize measurable improvements in quality and efficiency of clinical care.”



Mircea Focsa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara


Mircea Focsa is a medical doctor and specialist in public health and healthcare management. His great attraction to the IT domain lead his research to fields like database and knowledge management, bio-signals and image processing, biostatistics, and medical ontology. He earned hi PhD in medical informatics and was involved as 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 University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara and recently became an Expert Evaluator of the European Commission for eHealth Projects.


Yang Gong, MD, PhD

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, USA 

Research Focus

Yang Gong’s research focuses on human computer interaction, patient safety, and clinical decision support. 


Yang Gong is a physician and clinical informatician at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.



Ray Jones, BSc, MSc, PhD

Plymouth University, England

Research Focus

Ray Jones’ research focuses on patient access to their own records, tailored information, eHealth inequalities, long term conditions, shared care, patient-led learning, and computer-taken histories.


Ray Jones is a researcher in eHealth at Plymouth University (previously Glasgow University) UK. His particular interests and expertise are in patient access to their own records, tailored information, eHealth inequalities, long term conditions, shared care, patient-led learning, and computer-taken histories.



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.



Lipeng Ning, PhD

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Research Focus

Lipeng Ning’s research interests include statistical signal processing, neuroimage, diffusion MRI, and biostatistics.


Lipeng Ning graduated from University of Minnesota in 2013 after completing a dissertation on matrix-valued optimal mass transportation and its applications. He has been a research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School since December 2013.



Claudia Pagliari, PhD, FRCPE

University of Edinburgh 

Research Focus

Claudia Pagliari’s research focuses on new data streams (remote monitoring, crowdsourced data, data linkage) for better care coordination and research. Her research also focuses on the ethical, social, and legal implications of emerging digital health technologies, as well as the cost-effectiveness of ICT for health care systems and users.


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 and directs the Masters programmes in Health Informatics and Global eHealth. She is an interdisciplinary scientist whose research spans many areas of health informatics, including policy studies, evaluation science (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods), human-computer interaction research and ethical, social and legal issues. Her research includes electronic health records and systems, personal health records, telehealth and mHealth, eHealth for low-income societies, social computing and social robotics, and secondary uses of “big data”.



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, has published 31 review articles and 2 book chapter. He is 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.