Professor Trish Williams

Professor of Digital Health Systems

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (2.08)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Trish Williams is CISCO Chair and Professor in Digital Health Systems at Flinders University in South Australia. Trish is also co-director of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre. As International Co-Chair of HL7 Security, and the Australian expert on security, software and safety health informatics ISO standards (ISO Technical Committee 215), she builds on over 30 years’ experience in healthcare computing including 15 years industry experience in general practice and pharmacy computing, before joining academia in 2001.

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 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.

Research expertise
Computer software
Cyber safety in Asia Pacific region
Data format
Digital health
Health services research
Information systems
Other information and computing sciences
Remote Sensing
Research interests
  • Medical and digital health
  • Information security
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Safety of health software
  • Medical device safety and security
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Mobile Health
  • International Standards for Healthcare Interoperablity
  • eHealth standards
  • eHealth critical infrastructure
  • Australian national eHealth initiatives
  • Decision support systems
  • Higher education learning and teaching in security
  • Improving the participation of females in security education and the IT profession.

All these research interests are also Supervisory Interests in addition to those listed below.

Teaching interests

Cybersecurity, Information Warfare, Health Informatics, Information Systems, Information Systems Design and Development

Topic coordinator
COMP3781 Cybersecurity
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Security
COMP3721 Enterprise Information Security
Topic lecturer
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Security
Supervisory interests
Health informatics
National security legislation
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Patient Safety in Health Informatics (1), Cybersecurity in Health (1)
Further information

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 Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) Board, NPS MedicineWise Data Governance Committee, as well as a number of industry and health advisory boards. She has over 80 health and medical information security publications.

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