Professor Trish Williams is Cisco Chair and Professor in Digital Health Systems at Flinders University in South Australia, Director of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and the Cisco-Flinders Digital Health Design Lab. She holds a leadership position in the College of Science and Engineering in research, IT/Software Engineering/Security/Health Informatics disciplines and in staff supervision. As International Co-Chair of HL7 Security, and Australian expert on security, software and safety on health informatics ISO standards (Technical Committee 215), she builds on over 30 years of experience in healthcare computing including 15 years’ industry experience in general practice and pharmacy computing.
Professor Williams has a strong focus on the translation of research into practical application, demonstration of the contribution that digital health technologies can make to support healthcare, and the use of information security as an enabler for improved healthcare communication and interoperability. She is recognised internationally for her digital health information security expertise and experience in digital health information interoperability. Professor Williams is the primary author of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Computer and Information Security Standards, translating essential information security practice into accessible and implementable practical guidance for primary care. She is currently working on the EU TREsPASS project (Technology-Supported Risk Estimation by Predictive Assessment of Socio-Technical Security) to translate the research outcomes to practical use-cases in healthcare and tertiary education for the European Union. Further, as co-lead on the new IEC/ISO 80001 Foundation Standard for medical devices in IT networks, and member of the IEC/ISO 82304 Medical Device and Health Software Safety development working group, she has demonstrated skills in cross-discipline and cross-industry collaboration. Supporting this Professor Williams has attracted funding from industry partners for PhD Scholarships on remote patient monitoring and research into the application of international eHealth software safety standards in the Australian context.
2007 Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Research topic: Medical Information Security
2006 Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Teaching), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
2001 Master of Science (Computer Science), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
1983 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics and Computing, University of Glamorgan, Wales.
2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Award from Telstra Health.
2021 Awarded Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
Cybersecurity, Information Warfare, Health Informatics, Information Systems, Information Systems Design and Development
As Chair of Health Level 7 (HL7) Australia (2013-2015) she supported the health informatics community by championing standards, including facilitating good practice implementation and use of standards, developing skills and knowledge to foster a community of practice. Professor Williams also serves on the NPS MedicineWise Data Governance Committee, AustCyber South Australian Node Advisory Board, and CareSearch National Advisory Group as well as industry and health advisory boards. She has over 130 health and medical information security publications.
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