Keynotes discuss nurses and midwives in the digital age

Keynote speakers

Dr Suzanne B. Bakken

Prof Suzanne Bakken 🇺🇸


Columbia University School of Nursing

Recipient of the 2019 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York. Dr Bakken’s program of research focuses on the use of informatics to advance health equity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr Patricia Flatley Brennan

Dr Patricia Flatley Brennan 🇺🇸


National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and producer of digital information resources used by scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. Since becoming director in August 2016, Dr. Brennan has positioned the Library to be the epicenter for biomedical data science at NIH and across the biomedical research enterprise globally. Her leadership has led to the development of a new strategic plan that refocuses and enhances NLM’s research, development, training, and information systems. By leveraging NLM’s heavily used data and information resources and programs, Dr. Brennan is strengthening and advancing NLM’s data infrastructure to accelerate data-driven discovery and health, engage new users in new ways, and develop the workforce for a data-driven future.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Brennan was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor in the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory (now the Virtual Environments Group) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which develops new methods for the effective visualization of high-dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of innovative information systems and services, and her professional accomplishments reflect her background, which unites engineering, information technology, and clinical care to improve public health and ensure the best possible experience in patient care. Dr Brennan holds an appointment as Associate Investigator in the National Institute of Nursing Research Division of Intramural Research, where she directs the Advanced Visualization Laboratory.

Dr. Brennan received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, she held academic positions at Marquette University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Prof Changrong Yuan

Prof Changrong Yuan 🇨🇳

Director of Research Center of Patient Experience

School of Nursing, Fudan University

Prof Changrong Yuan is Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), honorary professor of New York University (NYU), and she was appointed by PROMIS Health Organisation (PHO) as official representative in China.

Prof Yuan is Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association for Life Care, Humanity Nursing Society; Vice chairman of Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, Committee of Nursing; Vice Chairman of Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association, Committee of Cancer Nursing. Yuan is an editorial board member of Cancer Nursing and co-editor-in-chief of TMR Integrative Nursing. In 2018, she was named by Elsevier as a High-citation Scholar in China.

Prof Dawn Dowding

Prof Dawn Dowding 🇬🇧

Professor in Clinical Decision Making

The University of Manchester

Dawn Dowding is Professor in Clinical Decision Making, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. She is a health services researcher, nurse and psychologist with expertise in the field of health care decision making and nursing informatics. Her particular interest is the development and evaluation of decision support tools, and more recently the application of Health Information Technology for assisting decision making in practice. She was previously Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Additional past appointments include Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds UK and a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice from 2009-2010, working at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Dowding completed her registered nurse training at St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Nursing Studies from City University, London and a PhD in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Surrey, UK.
Dr Michelle Honey

Dr Michelle Honey 🇳🇿

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing

University of Auckland

Dr Michelle Honey is a nurse with 30 years’ experience, over half in nursing education. She has been involved with nursing informatics since the early 1990s, and has held leadership roles in nursing informatics in New Zealand. Her interest in nursing informatics has led to research in exploring how information technology can impact nursing and health care – from technology to support consumers, provision of health services and the use of technology for education. Michelle is the New Zealand country representative to the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) group, and is also on the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) International Committee.
A/Prof Tracie Risling

A/Prof Tracie Risling 🇨🇦

Interim Associate Dean Research-Graduate Studies

University of Saskatchewan

Bio coming soon
Prof Kaija Saranto

Prof Kaija Saranto 🇫🇮

Professor, Health and Human Services Informatics

University of Eastern Finland

Bio coming soon

Dr Diane Skiba 🇺🇸


IMIA NI Special Interest Group

Dr. Diane J. Skiba is Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She was previously the Director for Healthcare Informatics Specialty in the College of Nursing for the last 25 years. She is currently the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Associate’s Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group. She has taught course for nurses about technology since 1982. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.