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Introduction to CHIRAD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

CHIRAD is the Centre for Health Informatics Research and Development.

CHIRAD is probably the first virtual R&D centre for Health Informatics. Its aim is to provide an environment for the development of Health Informatics as an academic subject. It is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and is not VAT-registered, i.e. it is a not-for-profit organisation. It is based primarily within the School of Social Sciences, The University of Winchester. (formerly King Alfred’s Winchester)

CHIRAD directors, Prof Graham Wright who works part-time at The University of Winchester and Dr Helen Betts, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, lead a team of 22 members who either hold Academic posts in other institutions or have visiting research fellowships at The University of Winchester.

A primary objective for CHIRAD is to be able to supply R&D projects with a blend of academics and consultants. The Centre offers a wide range of Informatics experience. Consultancy projects are commissioned by sponsors and internal projects may be considered by the Director, where they have an academic base.

CHIRAD has become the first UK academic institutional member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). It has associations with centres of excellence around the world, including Erasmus University Rotterdam, Monash University, Stanford University and the University of Heidelberg.

CHIRAD has a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Medical Research Council of South Africa with whom it is currently engaged in activities in South Africa.

Five of the CHIRAD team are members of the European Commission expert panel and have experience evaluating EC projects.

CHIRAD maintains three main websites - each has a separate section here to describe it and can be accessed from the 'CHIRAD people' link in the 'Modules' menu.

A list of publications is available at http://www.chirad.org.uk/rec_pubs.htm and current projects at http://www.chirad.org.uk/projects.htm and http://www.chirad.info the open source website run by CHIRAD.

CHIRAD is proud to be an academic institutional member of IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association - www.imia.org

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 October 2006 )
Prof. Graham WRIGHT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

Professor Graham Wright SRN, RMN, RCNT, RNT, FBCS CITP

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  • Masters in Philosophy
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Certificate in Education
  • Diploma in Nursing

  • Member Institute of Learning and Teaching
  • Fellow of the British Computer Society
  • Chartered IT Professional
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau

Professor Wright has been involved in health informatics since 1980, when he co-founded the Open Software Library with David McKendrick. Enjoying a dual career in consultancy and academia over the last decade, he is known for his work on the Rainbow series, Health Information education and evaluation studies. He is the programme director for the MSc. Health Informatics (Organisational Development) at The University of Winchester and the Director of CHIRAD.

He is the General Manager (part-time) of the Hawthorn Medical Centre (Swindon) and a part-time GP tutor Swindon, Kennett and NW Wiltshire.

His research includes a review of the NHS IM&T Strategy, evaluation of clinical systems, development of criteria for risk assessment of systems implementation.

Graham's external activities include:
  • assistant editor of ITIN
  • Co-chair of IMIA open source WG
  • UK representative to IMIA-NI
  • CHIRAD representatice to IMIA general assembly
  • executive member BCS NSG (ex Chair)
  • Treasurer of BCS HIf
  • editorial board member for Journal of Primary Care Informatics (Online)
  • editorial board member for Journal of Biomathmatics
  • Director of Open Software Library

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 October 2006 )
Dr Helen BETTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

Dr Helen Betts

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  • Doctor of Education
  • MEd in Special Education Need
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education of Adults
  • BA in Nursing
  • State Registered Nurse
  • State Certified Midwife
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery
  • Midwife Teacher’s Diploma
  • Member of ILT

Helen Betts is an Affiliate member of the British Computer Society with a clinical background in midwifery. She has a particular interest in quality, standards and audit in healthcare and information technology education in the healthcare professions. She has been a member of various national bodies concerning information management in healthcare education for example the Nursing Professions Information Group and the Healthcare Professions Steering Group and has been involved in major national projects such as the Maternity Contract Minimum Data Set Project. For four years she led the Midwifery Focus Group of the British Computer Society Nursing Specialist Group and was a member of the Executive Committee. She continues to be an Associate Editor for the NSG’s journal ITIN. She has published regularly since 1988 in the area of information management, benefits realisations, IT education and risk management and given conference presentations both nationally and internationally.'

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 October 2006 )
Dr Peter MURRAY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Saturday, 21 October 2006

Dr Peter Murray PhD, MSc, RGN, RNT, FBCS CITP

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MSc Nursing
  • BA(Hons) in Chemistry
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • Fellow, British Computer Society
  • Registered with UKCHIP (level 3)

Doctor Peter Murray has over 22 years health service experience and over 15 years experience in nursing and health informatics, with a recent focus on the development of distance and online education materials and methods, and on free/libre and open source software.

He has been an Expert Evaluator for various European Commission Telematics Application Programme, e-health and eTEN projects and a juror for the European Academic Software Awards.

He has published widely and presented at national and international conferences on issues in online education, and maintains a range of web sites (including for external organisations). He completed his PhD in 2002 (in nursing informatics and educational technology), investigating nurses’ use of computer-mediated communications for reflective practice.

Peter’s current and previous external activities include:

  • IMIA VicePresident for Working groups and Special Interest Groups
  • Past UK representative to International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
  • Past Chair, IMIA Open Source Working Group
  • former UK representative to Special Interest group on Nursing Informatics of International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA-NI)
  • Chair, Open Source Working Group (OSNI) of Special Interest group on Nursing Informatics of International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA-NI)
  • former Chair, IMIA-NI Education Working Group
  • Executive Committee member (and past Chair), British Computer Society Nursing Specialist Group (BCS NSG
  • former editor of ITIN, official journal of the BCS NSG
  • former Associate Editor, CIN:Computers, Informatics, Nursing
  • Member (and former Board member), Capital Area Roundtable on Nursing Informatics (Washington DC)
  • Member, Scientific Programme Committee of University of Maryland Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics

NOTE: this biopic is in need of updating - go to www.peter-murray.net

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 January 2007 )
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