Health Care in the Information Society: Volume 1 - From Adventure of Ideas to Anarchy of Transition - cover image


David Ingram

Published On





  • English

Print Length

510 pages (xxxiv+476)


Paperback156 x 36 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.42" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 40 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.57" x 9.21")


Paperback959g (33.83oz)
Hardback1144g (40.35oz)



OCLC Number





  • PSAX
  • TCB
  • MBN
  • MBGR


  • U
  • MBF
  • MBNH
  • MBP
  • JKS


  • SCI102000
  • SCI010000
  • MED078000
  • MED106000
  • MED058090


  • R858


  • Information technology
  • Health informatics
  • UK's National Health Service
  • OpenEHR
  • public domain
  • Standardized care information utility

Health Care in the Information Society

Volume 1 - From Adventure of Ideas to Anarchy of Transition

  • David Ingram (author)
This book is part of a 2-volume set. The other volume in the set is:
In this fascinating book David Ingram traces the history of information technology and health informatics from its pioneers in the middle of the twentieth century to its latest developments.

The book is distinctive in its broad scope and coverage and as the eyewitness account of an author who became the first UK professor appointed with the mission to bridge information technology with everyday medicine, health, and care. In this role, he has been a co-founder and leader of two rapidly growing initiatives, openEHR and OpenEyes, which stem from international collaborations of universities, health services and industries. These open source and open platform technologies have struck a widely resonant chord worldwide through their focus on community interest endeavours and open access to their methods and outputs.

Set against the history of extremely costly, burdensome, and serially unsuccessful top-down attempts of governments to tackle the domain, the book argues for a greater focus on shared endeavours of this kind, contributing towards a standardized care information utility that incorporates methods and resources evolved, shared, and sustained in the public domain.

As information technologies are now at the very core of health care, shaping the relationship between medical services and communities, professions, organisations and industries this book is important reading for politicians, health care academics, administrators and providers, and to anybody interested in the future of health services in the digital age.


David's publication presents the most comprehensive history and philosophy of science detailing the evolution of the Medical/ Health Informatics (now digital health) discipline, including the research and community building processes that resulted in the now increasing popular adoption of the openEHR specifications best suited for our evolving information society; a must have for every University and library. [...] Anyone with an interest in learning more about the openEHR genesis must read this most amazing, informative and comprehensive textbook.

Dr Evelyn Hovenga

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[document]Appendix I: Royal Society of Medicine Lecture Notes, 1991

Coming to Terms with the Information Explosion in Clinical Medicine—Can Information Technology Help? A Medical School Perspective


David Ingram


David Ingram’s career from 1967 spanned posts in industry, the NHS and University Medical Schools. After undergraduate physics at Oxford and several years in the medical engineering industry, he studied computer science and completed doctoral research on the mathematical modelling of biological systems, at University College London. His first academic post was at The Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, from 1975, where he was appointed Professor of Medical Informatics in 1990. From 1995-2011, he was the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME). David participated as partner and reviewer in UK Research Council, NHS, national e-Science and EU Health Informatics programmes and projects, including leading the EU GEHR Project (1991-94). This laid the foundations for the ISO-adopted openEHR specifications for a novel, vendor and technology neutral method for standardising the design of electronic health records, now being taken forward internationally by the openEHR.Foundation, of which he is the Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Governors. He is a founding Trustee of the OpenEyes Foundation, which is developing and marketing opensource software for ophthalmology, now providing the care record for 40% of UK patients. In retirement since 2010, he is focused on keeping well – eg by learning and using a new language, tracking lively grandchildren, following new physics, and learning to dance properly! Recently, he has become active in promoting a novel new technology to provide prescription glasses at very low cost for the developing world, where their lack causes extreme hardship.