Dominic Covvey is a retired Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is the President of the National Institutes of Health Informatics in Canada. He was the Founding Director of the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research at the University of Waterloo (2003-2010). His research is in the representation and analysis of healthcare workflow and the definition of competencies and curricula in Health Informatics. He has published hundreds of articles, presented at many conferences and produced 6 books and several book chapters. Dominic is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (Retired).
Historic ACMI Biography
Professor Covvey is well known to the AMIA community, both from his work on key committees and from his frequent contributions to the tutorial and scientific programs. Immersed in our field since his early days at the University of Toronto more than 30 years ago, Dominic Covvey has spent time in both industrial and academic settings as he has pursued his interests in medical informatics education and research. After periods of association with the University of Manitoba and the University of Victoria, he is now a professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo and he holds the Agfa Research Chair in Health Informatics. Professor Covvey is known for a variety of research contributions over an illustrious career. In his early days, he played a key role in developing an interactive system for processing cardiac images, for displaying PDP-8 memory as a bit-mapped raster on a standard television monitor, and for recognizing heart chamber borders. He subsequently worked on the development of a database system for clinical information systems. He has been especially interested in the definition of linkage techniques for an individual's records and for improving physician compliance in the use of clinical information systems. He has also assisted with the definition of a protocol-based clinical management framework. His recent work has emphasized the important issue of health informatics education, including the definition of informatics competencies, the definition of educational program content, the assessment of competency, the nature of graduate education, program accreditation, and professional certification. Over the years, he has made efforts to advance the education agenda of AMIA, offering 25 tutorials, participating as a member of Scientific Program Committees, and serving as a current member of the Education Committee.
The American College of Medical Informatics
ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.