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The University of Southampton

Prestige lecture looks at the role of information technology in medicine

Published: 6 November 2004

Dr Caroline Kovac, General Manager of IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, will be speaking about the role of information technology in 21st century medicine when she presents the fifth IBM Hursley Lecture at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 10 November.

The lecture at the Turner Sims Concert Hall on the University's Highfield Campus starts at 6.00pm and all are welcome.

"The first quarter of the 21st century will become known as the most exciting and innovative stage in the history of medicine," says Dr Kovac. "As a time when mankind succeeded in decoding the human genome, learned the programming code for major diseases, developed miraculous drug treatments, transformed surgery to one of minimally-invasive methods and elevated the dignity of patients by tailoring diagnoses and therapy to individuals.

"The silent partner of this historical development is information technology," she continues, "which provides the digital alphabet that translates the language of genomics and acts as mankind's "corporate memory", becoming the principal tool that will bond medical knowledge with medical practice and revolutionize the health care process. In effect, this period will mark the convergence of life sciences, health care and information technology."

She explains that this revolution in healthcare will be built around quality of care; health policy and costs; and scientific, pharmaceutical and medical advances. She also looks at the leading work IBM has undertaken in developing and delivering solutions to address pressing issues such as data security, management and integration; knowledge sharing; and high-performance computing.

Notes for editors

  1. The 2004 IBM Hursley Lecture is being presented by Dr Caroline Kovac, General Manager, IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences.
    The lecture entitled Information Based Medicine: a new era in patient care will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday 10 November 2004 at the Turner Sims Concert Hall at the University of Southampton. All are welcome.
  2. The Hursley lecture series is sponsored by IBM UK Laboratories at Hursley Park.
    The University of Southampton and IBM are celebrating their long-standing collaboration at an event preceding the lecture on 10 November.
  3. About IBM:
    IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit
  4. About the University of Southampton:
    The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has around 20,000 students and nearly 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £270 million.
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