Kathryn J Hannah

Kathryn J Hannah Profile

Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah is a nurse and a senior, health informatics consultant specializing in information management in health environments. With over 30 years of experience in academia, health care delivery, government and the private sector, Dr. Hannah has a rich depth of knowledge and experience in health care delivery organizations, the health system and in nursing. She also has extensive experience in knowledge transfer and change management as a consultant, workshop leader and an educator. Her skills and experience as a facilitator are respected internationally.

Dr. Hannah has held senior management positions in both the health care delivery system (as a Director of Nursing at the Calgary General Hospital) and in government (as Director, Information Management and Consulting Branch at Alberta Health). She has taught and conducted research in her role as Professor first in the Faculty of Nursing and then Professor, in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She has also served as Adjunct Professor, in the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria. Currently, Dr. Hannah is Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Currently, Dr. Hannah is Health Informatics Advisor to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and Executive Project Leader of Canadian Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (C-HOBIC) project (www.cna-aiic.ca/c-hobic/). In addition, Dr. Hannah has participated actively in the Canadian Delegation to the International Standards Organization Technical Committee 215 (TC 215) on Health Informatics. She is also an elected member of the Standing Committee on Quality at the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) and previously served as Head of Delegation for Canada at IHTSDO. Dr. Hannah was a member of the Canada Health Infoway Standards Collaborative Strategy Committee and the Standards Collaborative Coordinating Committee that were responsible for coordinating health information standards in Canada. She also is a past chair and member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), a community nursing organization as well as a member of the national Board of VON Canada.

Internationally, Dr. Hannah has served repeatedly as an advisor and consultant to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). In 1995, Dr. Hannah served as consultant, advisor, and principle facilitator for a joint project between the Council for the Accreditation of Health Care Facilities of South Africa and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. This project developed an evaluation strategy, criteria and methodology for determining the effectiveness of District Health Information Systems in the reorganized health care system in South Africa.

Dr. Hannah has long been active in promoting the use of information systems in health care, both nationally and internationally. She has taught and conducted research in the rapidly evolving field of health informatics through her several Professorial appointments. Dr. Hannah is the author of several textbooks and numerous articles on computers in health care, as well as health informatics. She is coeditor, with Dr. Marion Ball, of the highly respected Health Care Informatics Series (formerly Computers in Healthcare) published by Springer-Verlag (http://www.springer.com/series/1114). She has also served in a number of volunteer capacities with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA – formerly the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses). Dr. Hannah’s contributions to health care informatics has been recognized by election to Fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics in November 1989, and by the awarding of the title Maestro Illustre in March 1993 by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. In November 2008, The Canadian Nurses Association awarded Dr. Hannah its prestigious Centennial Award, in recognition of her pioneering leadership in promoting the involvement of nurses in the development and use of information systems in health care. In June 2015, Dr. Hannah was the recipient of the Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA) for Leadership presented jointly by COACH, (Canada’s Health Informatics Association) and ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), Health division. The Leadership Award was in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to health informatics and nursing through Dr Hannah’s leadership, publications, education and mentoring, as well as her professional roles supporting nursing informatics and health informatics.

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