Aviv Shachak named Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics
Aviv Shachak, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Information has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).
Shachak, who is also graduate coordinator at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, was elected to the academy for his contributions to research and education, and his global engagement in the field.
Health informatics links information technology, communications and medicine to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The academy, which is part of the International Medical Informatics Association, is an honour society that advises governmental and non-governmental organizations about the importance of informatics-based knowledge.
“Academy fellowship is one of the highest honors in the international field of biomedical and health informatics,” says IAHSI president William Hersh.
Throughout his career, Shachak has pioneered research into the use of information systems in health care. “What I try to do is look at different approaches for educating health-care professionals on how they can incorporate or better use technology in their daily practice, as well as prepare for future challenges like increasing use of artificial intelligence in health care,” says Shachak.