Professor Jim Warren

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Professor - Health Informatics


Jim Warren took up the Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland in November 2005. He made the move here because the environment provides the opportunity to really make a difference - there are so many advantages here with a world class medical school, excellent computer science department, active local health IT industry and a proactive Ministry of Health. It particularly suits his career-long interest in use of IT to improve long-term condition management through decision support for health care providers and health consumers.

He worked for the University of South Australia from 1993 to 2005, where he was involved in the formation of their Advanced Computing Research Centre, of which he was Director for a couple years.

He did my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and PhD in Information Systems at the University of Maryland's UMBC campus. He was awarded a PhD in mid 1992 with a dissertation (which they'd call a 'thesis' in this part of the world) in Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) / Simulation Systems... basically he was looking at interactive decision support technology. He started working with health IT as software development consulting work before completing his PhD, but then leapt into it as a research topic pretty much the day he graduated. Other than a few computer simulation projects that directly related to his thesis, and ocassional flirtation with online learning research and pure human-computer interaction, he's consolidated on innovative methods for health information systems as his sole research interest. Upon involvement with SA HealthPlus - a large trial of Coordinated Care in 1997-1999 - he became increasingly focused on chronic condition management (CCM). "IT for chronic condition management" is a pretty good brief description of his interests.

Research | Current

  • Health informatics
  • Human-computer interaction and decision support systems - especially all three at once as applied to chronic disease management

In recent years, Jim's research has taken an increasing focus on chronic disease management, looking at the problems of representing care plans in the electronic health record, using Web portals to empower consumers in health care, and quality assurance of health care processes through data mining.

Postgraduate supervision

Students who have completed research degrees under Jim's supervision are now working at the leading edge of IT for better health care with organisations such as Ocean Informatics and the Australian National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • HINZ Executive

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sharma, V., Stranieri, A., Burstein, F., Warren, J., Daly, S., Patterson, L., ... Wolff, A. (2016). Group decision making in health care: A case study of multidisciplinary meetings. Journal of Decision Systems, 25 (sup1), 476-485. 10.1080/12460125.2016.1187388
  • Rivera, I., Warren, J., & Curran, J. (2016). Quantifying mood, content and dynamics of health forums. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 10.1145/2843043.2843379
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Curran
  • Taber, C., Warren, J., & Day, K. (2016). Improving the Quality of Informed Consent in Clinical Research with Information Technology. Stud Health Technol Inform, 231, 135-142.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Day
  • Zhang, X., Warren, J., Corter, A., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2016). A Population-Level Data Analytics Portal for Self-Administered Lifestyle and Mental Health Screening. Stud Health Technol Inform, 231, 152-159.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith
  • Gu, Y., Kennely, J., Warren, J., Ahn, A. B., Harwood, M., & Neuwelt, P. (2016). Identifying eHealth Opportunities to Support Medication Adherence - Findings of a Focus Group Study. Studies in health technology and informatics, 223, 150-157.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matire Harwood, Pat Neuwelt
  • Zivaljevic, A., Atalag, K., Warren, J. R., Cooling, M. T., Nickerson, D. P., & Hunter, P. J. (2015). Annotation of clinical datasets using openEHR Archetypes as a solution for data access issues faced in biomedical projects. Paper presented at Health Informatics New Zealand 2015, Christchurch. 19 October - 15 October 2015. Annotation of clinical datasets using openEHR Archetypes as a solution for data access issues faced in biomedical projects. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aleksandar Zivaljevic, Koray Atalag, David Nickerson, Peter Hunter, Mike Cooling
  • Gu, Y., Orr, M., & Warren, J. (2015). Health literacy and patient portals. Journal of primary health care, 7 (2), 172-175.
  • Gu, Y., Warren, J., Humphrey, G., Bycroft, J., McKinlay, E., Doughty, R., & Tibby, S. (2015). What is Shared Care Planning?. International Journal of Integrated Care, 15 (5).10.5334/ijic.2098
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rob Doughty, Gayl Humphrey


Contact details

  • Media Contact

Primary location

Level 4, Room 483
New Zealand

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