Dr. Lyn Hanmer works in the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), and heads the World Health Organisation collaborating centre for the Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) at the MRC.
She trained as a biomedical engineer and holds a PhD in Information Systems. She has extensive experience in the development, management and evaluation of hospital information systems and the development and implementation of curricula in Health Informatics, from basic to Masters level. She is a member of the Council of the South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA), and was the secretary of the Board of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
She is the first recipient of the Sedick Isaacs award, which seeks to recognise an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare within Africa, through achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.” The award was presented to her at the HELINA 2014 in Accra, Ghana. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles in the field of medical informatics and also several technical reports for both national and international agencies such as the WHO.