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Chris Paton (PatonChris)
University of Auckland
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Biography for Dr Chris Paton, BMBS BMedSci FACHI Dr Chris Paton is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland and CEO of New Media Medicine Ltd, a medical IT company that provides Social Media and e-Learning solutions to the health sector. He trained as a medical doctor at Nottingham University and has held teaching and clinical posts in New Zealand and the UK. His research specialty is Health Informatics; he is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and is the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Social Media Working Group. He is currently completing the Executive MBA programme at the University of Auckland. Chris’s main research interest is the use of Social Media by the healthcare sector. He has founded several social networking websites: New Media Medicine, with over 65,000 registered members; the Health Informatics Forum, which has over 4,000 members; and at the University his primary research project is the Health InnoVation Exchange, a Ministry of Health funded Social Networking portal designed to foster Health Innovation in New Zealand. Chris is the co-author of The Doctor’s PDA and Smartphone Handbook, published by the RSM Press, and has co-authored several reports for the New Zealand Ministry of Health on the use of technology in healthcare. He is the co-founder and Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Primary Healthcare, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Medical Internet Research.


Attended Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)
Thursday, September 17, 2009 to Friday, September 18, 2009
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Attended Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Friday, September 16, 2011 to Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Medicine 2.0'08 (Toronto, Canada)

Mobile Medicine 2.0
Chris Paton*, Muzaffar Malik, Alec Holt

Introduction A new generation of smartphones is enabling high speed internet access via the mobile web browser. In this paper, we examine the unique aspects of using social media applications on mobile platforms and suggest potential uses for medical practice. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have long been used by clinicians as reference tools(1) and simple patient databases. Recent advances in mobile phone and PDA technology have allowed for high speed access to social media web appli...

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New Media Medicine: A Social Network for Doctors and Medical Students
Chris Paton*

New Media Medicine hosts an online Social Network with over 40,000 registered members. The network primarily caters for UK doctors, medical students and pre-med students applying for medical school. Features include a lively discussion forum with over 500,000 posts, and facilities for members to blog, upload photos and create social groups of friends. This presentation describes the tools and techniques required for building a friendly and successful medical social networking community....

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Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)

The New Zealand Health I.T. Knowledge Base
Chris Paton*, Malcolm Pollock, Debra Warren

The National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand has developed a Web 2.0 Health IT Knowledge base for the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The knowledge base is being developed using the Drupal open source content management platform and uses Web 2.0 tools to facility communication, networking and knowledge sharing in the New Zealand health sector. The website focuses on detailed user profiles of key decision makers and project leaders linked to W...

Facebook: An Innovative Influenza Pandemic Early Warning System
Chen Luo*, Chris Paton*, Robyn Whittaker*

Background: The common influenza virus imposes global monetary and productivity costs and cause mortality among the vulnerable. Novel influenza viruses like H5N1 can spread rapidly in an increasingly globalized world. Surveillance is crucial to identify and effectively contain outbreaks. In most developed countries traditional sentinel monitoring with virological sampling has a 1-2 week reporting lag. Developing countries are less well co-ordinated. Facebook an online social networking site w...

Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)

The Health InnoVation Exchange (hive) – Bringing Together Government, Clinicians, Academia and Industry to Foster Health Innovation in New Zealand
Chris Paton*

The Health InnoVation Exchange (HIVE – is a social networking platform designed to support and foster innovation in the New Zealand healthcare sector. The HIVE is funded by New Zealand Ministry of Health (MoH) and is operated by the team at the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) at the University of Auckland. Based on the Drupal Open Source platform, the HIVE brings together clinicians, health IT professionals, government officials, academic researchers and the...

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Using Social Media Applications in Academic Research
Chris Paton*, Peter Murray*, Margaret Mary Hansen*, Francisco Grajales*

This international panel discussion aims to explore issues relating to the use of social media in academic research and to hone in on social media applications that may align with research methodologies. While use of social media is growing in health care and academia, there has been, to date, little exploration of or research into its use toward various communities (e.g. providers, patients, educators, learners). This is an appropriate time to discuss the issues and begin the process of deve...

Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)

Ethical Issues in Socially Generated Online Information: A Multi-Professional Panel Discussion
Richard Booth*, Osman Ahmed*, Carol Bond*, Chris Paton*

The rise of social media in recent years has generated a number of emerging ethical and privacy implications in healthcare, clinical education, and research settings. Within practice settings, the increased use of social platforms which were not designed to be health technologies is on the rise. Similarly, clinicians interacting with patients and consumers via these social platforms has been an emerging trend in specific areas of the health sector (e.g., in the domain of public health). Wi...

Big Data Panel
Chris Paton*, Jim Davies*, Iain Buchan*, Paul Wicks*

The transition from paper-based to electronic health records has generated, and continues to generate, large quantities of data. The main uses of these data are to support the direct care of individual patients and to guide the management of healthcare systems for populations. The data also have considerable potential to fuel research, but this asset has scarcely been harnessed for patient and public benefit. Beyond the clinic, healthcare consumers worldwide are adopting mobile and web-bas...

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JMIR Medical Informatics

Implementing an Open Source Electronic Health Record System in Kenyan Health Care Facilities: Case Study
Naomi Muinga, Steve Magare, Jonathan Monda, Onesmus Kamau, Stuart Houston, Hamish Fraser, John Powell, Mike English, Chris Paton
JMIR Med Inform 2018;6(2):e22

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