Farah MagrabiAssociate Professor Farah Magrabi

Macquarie University

Contact Details:

T: +61 2 9850 2429

E: farah.magrabi@mq.edu.au


A/Prof Magrabi is internationally recognised as a leader in the safety of health IT, and has made a major contribution to documenting the risks of IT to patient safety by examining incidents in Australia, the USA and England. Prior to her work, studies of e-health related harm were limited to case reports and single site surveys. Her research has for the first time internationally, systematically and empirically, identified the causes, consequences and outcomes of adverse events arising from IT systems in healthcare. It has resulted in a theoretically-driven classification of incident type and cause, and generated novel methods to detect and classify patient safety incidents making it possible to compare patterns over time and between settings, and to develop and prioritise preventive and corrective strategies. Her research has changed practice to detect risks and has shaped policy to address IT safety in Australia and overseas.

The US Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a major report that drew heavily on A/Prof. Magrabi’s work to make significant recommendations for policy to address IT safety. In 2015, the American Nursing Informatics Assoc. recommended her classification in their position paper on IT safety.

Qualifications: BE (Electrical & Electronics, Auckland, 1997); PhD (Biomedical Engineering, UNSW, 2003); Fellow Australasian College of Health Informatics (2015).

Address: Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University Level 6, 75 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113

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