Chair, Aust. College Rural & Remote Medicine
Associate Professor Chris Pearce has been active in health informatics for many years. A practising clinician, he still works in general practice, anaesthetics and emergency medicine in suburban Melbourne. His interest in Health Informatics developed when working as a rural GP, and observed the difficulties in GPs integrating computers into their workflow in the 1990’s.
A/Prof Pearce has extensively researched computers in healthcare, with a focus on the interactions and usability. He was awarded a PhD in 2007 with what was then the largest video-based study of computer use in primary care consultations. He is an invited speaker both here and overseas and the author of over 60 academic articles. He was the clinical design lead for the MyHR, Australia’s national shared health record. As co-sponsor of the MAGNET database, his role as director of research with Outcome Health is to work with Monash University on data quality and use of Australia’s largest repository of general practice data.
He is a current president of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, chairs the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s digital health committee and has served on many federal and state government advisory committees.