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About Professor Denis J Protti, University of Victoria

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Professor Protti was the founding Director of the University of Victoria's School of Health Information Science in 1981, a position he relinquished in 1994. Prior to joining the University he held senior information systems executive positions in Manitoba and British Columbia hospitals. His research and areas of expertise include: National Health Information Management & Technology Strategies, Electronic Health Records, Evaluating Clinical Information Systems, and Chief Information Officers.

Professor Protti was a founding member of COACH - Canada's Health Informatics organisation. He served as its 2nd President and was granted lifetime member status in 1981. Professor Protti was a founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association and in 1989 was elected a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He has served as vice-chair of the British Columbia Health Information Management Standards Council and as a member of the Systems Committee of the Board of the University Health Network in Toronto. Over the past decades he has chaired the Canadian Institute for Health Information Partnership Working Group on data content standards, Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee for Health Programs, and the International Medical Informatics Association working group on Education and Information Science.

In April 2004 an Endowment Fund was created at the University of Victoria in the name of Denis and Pat Protti by the Partnership & Productivity Colloquium - a group Professor Protti founded in 1984 - for their contributions to Canada's healthcare system. Professor Protti has been profiled and featured in a number of health informatics journals. In October 2004, he won the Who's Who in Healthcare Award for Technology/Health Informatics sponsored by Canadian Healthcare Manager.

Professor Protti has some 200 publications in books and journals and has given more than 300 presentations to a wide range of audiences around the world. He is on the advisory board of a number of overseas academic programs in Health Informatics. He regularly advises health care organisations and government agencies in Canada and abroad. He currently is a member of expert advisory panels for a number of Canadian health care organisations.

In 1998 Professor Protti was commissioned by the Her Majesty's Treasury to review the proposed National Health Service Information Strategy for England prior to its release. He later developed the evaluation methodology that was used to monitor the local implementation of their national strategy - a process referred to as the Protti scores. Since then he has been invited annually by the Government and a variety of English organisations to give seminars, conduct on-site reviews and comment on their progress with Electronic Health Records.

Professor Protti is being ably assisted in preparing these World View Vignettes by Corinne Eggert, a graduate of the University of Victoria’s School of Health Information Science. Ms Eggert is an analyst and health informatics consultant to national and international research and evaluation projects in the areas of health promotion, mental health, primary care renewal and clinical information systems. She was most recently co-author and research coordinator for the Wisconsin School-based Suicide Prevention Initiative and the evaluation of the SYNAPSE Mental Health Information System Project sponsored by the Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program.

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