Jeremy is Emeritus Professor of Digital Healthcare and former Director of the Wessex Institute of Health Research at the University. Until recently he was advisor on validation methods to NHSX AI Lab, member of the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Authority’s Devices Expert Advisory Committee and Clinical Adviser on New Technologies to Royal College of Physicians. He currently leads the Faculty of Clinical informatics Special Interest Group on AI and co-convenes UK activity on Mobilising Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) for FCI.
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- How to develop trustworthy, effective clinical AI and decision support systemsBuilding libraries of computer-readable clinical knowledge encoded in standard format to support multiple usesThe role of psychology in improving the capture, communication and use of health-related informationMore rigorous evaluation of clinical information systemsMaking better use of routine data using instrumental variable and related methods
Jeremy is collaborating with former Southampton academic lawyers in a multidisciplinary AHRB-funded project to explore factors that the public and therapists consider important when deciding whether to trust an AI tool used in mental healthcare. He has also explored the legal liability for the clinical use of decision support systems with these collaborators. He advises on several projects related to guideline-based clinical decision support in secondary care and co-leads UK efforts to centralise the knowledge used in medical devices, apps etc. into a high quality, curated computable knowledge library on behalf of the Mobilising Computable Biomedical Knowledge global collaboration.
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Jeremy moved to Southampton in 2016from Leeds, where he was Leadership Chair in eHealth Research, setting up the £7M MRC Biomedical Informatics Centre in Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. His research uses empirical methods to uncover scientific principles guiding the design of clinical decision support and eHealth systems, studying interactive tools to change the behaviour of clinicians (eg. alert and reminder systems), patients (eg. apps, telehealth) and the public (eg. SMS msgs to promote healthy lifestyle), and of digital tools to support health research.
Jeremy trained in medicine in Oxford and London universities and as a hospital physician in London and Glasgow (MRCP 1983). He then discovered medical informatics and health technology assessment with doctoral training at the National Heart & Lung Institute and an MRC-funded postdoc at Stanford University. He was the UK’s first elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 1997, ranked third in his discipline worldwide in 2009 in an empirical study and has given over 50 invited overseas talks, including the Amsterdam Spinoza lecture series.
Jeremy stopped training as a physician in 1985 to focus on developing and evaluating clinical decision support tools. With David Spiegelhalter, he designed and ran Europe’s first RCT of decision support at Westminster Hospital in 1986. He later chaired the European Society for AI in Medicine for 8 years. Jeremy was an early advocate of evidence-based medicine (Lancet series 1992) and wrote the agenda for and minuted the June 1992 McMaster meeting which established the Cochrane Collaboration. He also set up Cochrane’s Effective Practice & Organisation of Care review group in 1994 and designed several RCTs of clinical behaviour change techniques (eg. BMJ 1998). He discovered the information design discipline and promoted it in health care in the 1990s (Lancet series 1998), set up NICE’s R&D programme 2003-5, the Dundee Health Informatics Centre in 2005 and the Warwick Institute for Digital Healthcare in 2010. He was member of WHO’s mHealth Technical Advisory Group 2010-12 and developed and taught a WHO training course in Tehran in 2017. He has been visiting professor in Oxford, Amsterdam and Oporto universities, has co-authored three textbooks on evaluation methods and digital health, five series of tutorial articles for major medical journals and over 250 articles with an H index of 62. He is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.
In his spare time he makes jewellery and commemorative objects in titanium: https://acj.org.uk/index.php/cb-profile/jcwyatt
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