Associate Professor Farah Magrabi has been named Australian field leader for medical informatics in this year’s Research Report by The Australian.

The field leader is the Australian researcher with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last five years in the 20 top journals in their field.

Associate Professor Magrabi from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University is an internationally renowned expert in making digital health technologies safer for consumers and clinicians. She is also the co-chair of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Health (AAAiH)’s working group on Safety, Quality and Ethics.

“This is a great honour and fantastic recognition of my research to make digital health safer. My team is now working to improve the safety and effectiveness of AI. These technologies have tremendous potential to transform care delivery, but they can also pose new risks that need specific attention,” Associate Professor Magrabi said.

“This recognition is very encouraging and comes at a particularly difficult time for research in universities. Such recognition for myself and fellow researchers can inspire us to find new ways to keep our important work going,” Associate Professor Magrabi said.

Associate Professor Magrabi’s work has shaped policy and practice including a new specification by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TS 20405) for the surveillance and analysis of safety events. Associate Professor Magrabi also contributed to Australia’s first standardized health IT-related incident classification system, adopted by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Associate Professor Magrabi leads the Patient Safety Informatics research team at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and the Safety and Quality of Digital Health Systems research team of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health at Macquarie University. She also holds a Fellowship at the University of York, UK, with the Assuring Autonomy International Programme.