General Details

Name: Dr. Simon K. Poon
Position: Associate Professor, Program Director - Master of Health Technology Innovation
Education: BSc, Ph.D, MPH (Sydney), GradCert in MathSci, MEM (UTS), CPL (BAe)
Address: School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA.
Location: Room 441, Level 4 East, School of Computer Science Building (J12).
Phone: +61 2 9351 4920
Fax: +61 2 9351 3838
Email: simon DOT poon AT sydney DOT edu DOT au
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Health Information Systems & Informatics, Health Technology Evaluation, Shared Measurements, Social Impacts
Other Affiliations: Adjunct Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Research Associate, Health Informatics Unit, Sydney Local Health District
Research Associate, Western Sydney Local Health District
Honorary Associate, Sydney Business School
Executive Committee Member, China Studies Centre
Executive Committee Member, HISA NSW Branch
Member, Charles Perkins Centre
Consultation: Appointment by Email

Biographical details

Dr Simon K. Poon is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney specialising in Health Informatics Research. He is a cross-disciplinary researcher with training in diverse disciplines including Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Management, Information Systems and Public Health.

His research interests encompass the interaction of health and technology. With the increasing shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of digital technologies, one of Simon’s key research agenda is to foster methodological advances in health technology evaluation.

One aspect is about developing qualitative and quantitative methods and tools to assess impacts of health technologies in complex organisational settings.

The other aspect is to identify and evaluate factors that affect the successful adoption of health technologies. His ongoing effort in collaboration with clinical colleagues is to validate practical measurement models that could reflect on technological, organisational and environmental issues for digital health adoption in hospital and community settings.

He is interested in developing practical artificial intelligent tools for medical screening and monitoring. His recent research work includes using machine learning to explore the relationships between blood pressure variability and risk of stroke, new features for dementia screening and classifications of footstep patterns for fall prevention. Simon has also published extensively in the emerging area of complementary and integrative medicine.

Simon is currently the director of a multi-disciplinary postgraduate program: Master of Health Technology Innovation (MHTI). He also holds honorary positions with the Sydney Business School and NSW Local Health Districts. He has supervised (and co-supervised) research students from a variety of disciplines including Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy we well as Business. This multi-disciplinary program was developed in collaboration with the Charles Perkins Centre.

Prior to his academic life, he worked in the Aviation industry for 6 years and completed commercial pilot training at the British Aerospace Flying College in the UK.

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