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Professeur Antoine Geissbuhler

Professeur d'Informatique Médicale Université de Genève
Professeur Antoine Geissbuhler

Chef de service Cyber santé et Télémédecine Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Directeur du Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine.

Antoine Geissbuhler is a Professor of Medical Informatics, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at Geneva University, Director of the Division of Medical Informatics at Geneva University Hospitals, and President of the Health-On-the-Net Foundation. He is also President-elect of the International Medical Informatics Association and member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council.

A Philips European Young Scientist first award laureate, he graduated from Geneva University School of Medicine in 1991 and received his doctorate for work on tri-dimensional reconstruction of positron emission tomography images. He then specialized in internal medicine under the direction of Prof. Francis Waldvogel. After a post-doctoral fellowship in medical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University, he became associate professor of biomedical informatics and vice-chairman of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, under the mentorship of Prof. Randolph Miller and Prof. William Stead, working primarily on the development of clinical information systems and knowledge-management tools. In 1999, he returned to Geneva to head the Medical Informatics Service in Geneva University Hospitals and School of Medicine, following in the steps of Prof. Jean-Raoul Scherrer who founded this world-renowned group. In 2005, his efforts in developing telemedicine and tele-education are recognized by the creation of the UNESCO chair for telemedicine and multidisciplinary teaching.

Author of more than 100 original scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, his current research focuses on the development of innovative, knowledge-enabled information systems and computer-based tools for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care processes, at the local level of the hospital, the regional level of a community healthcare informatics network, and at the global level with the Health-On-the-Net Foundation (http://www.hon.ch) and with the development of a south-south telemedicine network in Africa (http://raft.hcuge.ch). He is one of the editors of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

The Division of Medical Informatics (http://www.sim.hcuge.ch), strong of 80+ academic and professional collaborators, is responsible for the design, development and evaluation of an advanced clinical information system for Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), a group of primary, second­ary, and tertiary care facilities, employing 10’000 collaborators, totaling 2’200 beds, 50’000 admissions and 750’000 outpatient visits each year. The clinical information system includes a multidisciplinary- multimedia electronic patient record, care provider order entry, clinical decision support tools, a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as palmtop-based clinical assistants and various telemedicine applications. Research activities of the Division include medical knowledge representation, distributed knowledge management, data mining and knowledge discovery, natural language processing, advanced medical image processing, information systems architectures, telemedicine, and internet-based learning.

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