Professor Graham Wright

Professor Graham Wright

Professor Graham Wright is a chartered information systems practitioner with a clinical and managerial background. In 1990 Graham moved to the GCL consultancy and become a Fellow at the Health Service Management Unit (HSMU) in Manchester University. He completed many National and International assignments including co-ordinating a learning set for the UK Government on Care in the Community. He moved to become the Director of Education for the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (EIHMS) at the University of Surrey where he was employed as a professor from 1996 to 2000.

In the first year of the new century he became a GP Tutor for Swindon, Kennett and NW Wiltshire responsible for post registration Continuous Professional Development for General Practitioners. He was also the MSc Health Informatics Programme Director at the University of Winchester, delivering a programme at Winchester and also in Mthatha, South Africa from 2006.

In 2009 he moved to work full time in Walter Sisulu University as a Research Champion and Chair of Health Science Research.  His work was focused on mentoring emerging research in the medical school, but he found time to support a small team of Health Informatics researchers exploring the use of Tablet Computers in Rural Clinics. He moved to the University of Fort Hare as an Adjunct Professor in 2014 and continued his work in Health Informatics.

In 1980 he started working with computers and launched the Open Software Library to distribute public domain teaching and learning programmes, which operated internationally for 28 years. He was the chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group on Open Source and has facilitated numerous international workshops on the subject.

He has been an active Fellow of the British Computer Society over the last twenty years and held the offices of Chair and Treasurer for the British Computer Society Health Informatics Forum (BCS Health) and UK representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Methods in Information Management, South African Journal of Information Management, South African Computer Journal and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Care Pathways and the International Journal of Operations and Logistics Management. He has been a reviewer for both the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IMIA’s annual peer-reviewed conferences for nearly two decades. He was formerly the Editor of Information Technology in Nursing (ITIN) and then assistant editor until its demise in 2007.  He has been on the European Commission Expert Panel for Information Technology from 2003 to 2006 as an evaluator and was a temporary World Health Organisation (WHO) advisor to the Department of Health, Israel to develop that country’s strategy for IT, Research and Education.

Prof Wright’s interests in research have been in the areas of Health Informatics, Management, Clinical Audit, Health Systems, Social Issues and Care Pathways, Medical Education and Research. He completed a four-year project developing the Knowledge Base for Health Informatics on behalf of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the International Medical Informatics Association(IMIA).

In collaboration with Peter Elkin and Steven Thomas he developed the Health Informatics Taxonomy which was published in a special discussion edition of Methods of Information in Medicine; this consisted of an Editorial, the paper and 14 critiques from the world leaders in Health Informatics.  He is also one of the authors of the Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

At HELINA 2017 he gave the keynote address entitled “Using Tablet Computers to collect Patient Data in the Eastern Cape” and two other papers “Electronic health information systems for primary care in South Africa: a review of current operational systems” and “Extracting clinically relevant information from pulse oximetry traces”.

He is the Chair of the HELINA Education Working Group and Chair of the HELINA Nursing Specialist Interest Group and is currently involved in those roles reviewing the IMIA Education Recommendation and helping to develop a strategic paper for HELINA on capacity building.