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Health informatics

Contact person: Jesse Hoey,

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On almost a daily basis, technological innovations are announced that represent significant advances in the practice of medicine. Many of these innovations stem from the field of health informatics, a field that seeks to enhance the human condition and the delivery of healthcare through the application of methods and theories drawn from computer science.

At Waterloo, a number of graduate students and faculty members are active in this field. The research questions we explore represent the full spectrum of health informatics, ranging from scientists whose work contributes to a better understanding of how to cure disease, through to others whose efforts explore how approaches anchored in computer science can enable people to live healthy lives. Representative problem domains of current projects include medical image processing, genomic analysis, assistive technologies for older adults, natural language generation of tailored treatment descriptions, data mining of electronic health records, chronic disease monitoring by wearable sensors, software engineering, privacy enhancing technologies, computational neuroscience, human-computer interaction, and ubiquitous computing.

The University of Waterloo has a long tradition of fostering strong linkages with industry, and our health informatics research program is representative of this tradition. Many of our research projects are conducted in partnership with the healthcare community, the public health sector, and/or major industry players. Partners include local and federal governments, public health units, over 150 hospitals ranging from major academic health science centres to small rural facilities, long term care facilities and nursing homes, in addition to well known companies such as Microsoft, Agfa, Intel, Google, and RIM.

In addition to research based graduate degree programs, members of our research group contribute to Waterloo's new Master of Health Informatics degree.