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Dr. Elizabeth Borycki is the Director of the Social Dimensions of Health and Health and Society programs and a Professor in the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. In 2017, she was made a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and received the Women Leaders in Digital Health Award from Digital Health Canada; in September 2018, she was made a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In this interview, she discusses her work on developing an accreditation framework for biomedical and health informatics, and what is meant by “health informatics competencies”.

Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Borycki spent more than 15 years working in a variety of healthcare roles in fields such as chronic disease management, geriatrics, case management, and health information technology design and implementation management. She has published more than 200 articles, numerous book chapters and several books in a range of health technology areas, including: patient and health information technology safety, quality and usability; health information technology management and strategy; health information technology competencies for health and health informatics professionals; and telehealth, home health, mobile health and wearable technology to support patient and citizen health.

Dr. Borycki has served as Academic Representative for Canada’s Health Informatics Association – now known as Digital Health Canada – (2007-2013) and Vice President representing North America on the Board of Directors for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) (2010–2013). She founded the IMIA Working Group focusing on Health Informatics for Patient Safety and was the Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair for IMIA’s Medinfo2017 event. Since 2016, She has been Vice President –Special Affairs for IMIA. IGHPE was pleased to have Dr. Borycki presenting at our Kuala Lumpur 2018 meeting on the topic of “Health informatics innovations in health professional education: from individual health professional competencies to educational electronic health record portals and tools”.