Dr Joao Bettencourt-Silva completed his PhD in Health Informatics at the University of East Anglia in 2014 under the joint supervision of Dr. Beatriz de la Iglesia and Prof. Vic Rayward-Smith. His doctoral research project focused on the development of novel computational methods and techniques to reuse routine clinical data from multiple sources for research, service improvement and decision support. He has designed and delivered clinical data warehouses, data models and software to extract, organise, synthesise and analyse complex clinical information, and carried out various analyses using linked health data. He has experience in electronic medical record (EMR) implementations in the National Health Service and developed methodologies, protocols and electronic infrastructures to facilitate the interface between computers, clinicians and researchers. In particular, Joao has researched methods for modelling and visualising the journeys that patients take through care based on multiple heterogeneous data sources.
Joao was a postdoctoral research fellow in Clinical Informatics. His research interests include clinical decision support systems, the reuse of routine hospital data for clinical research and service improvement, visualisation of complex clinical information, medical data and process mining and machine learning applications in healthcare. His project focus was on evaluating safety and efficiency of current hospital activities (e.g. prescribing, test orders) and developing strategic EMR interventions to enhance performance.
Joao is currently employed by IBM in Ireland, and is also completing projects with Cambridge Clinical Informatics.
Bettencourt-Silva JH, Clark J, Cooper CS, Mills R, Rayward-Smith V, de la Iglesia B. Building Data-Driven Pathways From Routinely Collected Hospital Data: A Case Study on Prostate Cancer. JMIR Med Inform 2015;3(3):e26. doi: 10.2196/medinform.4221.
Mannu GS, Kyu MM, Bettencourt-Silva JH, Loke YK, Clark AB, Metcalf AK, Potter JF, Myint PK. Age but not ABCD(2) score predicts any level of carotid stenosis in either symptomatic or asymptomatic side in transient ischaemic attack. Int J Clin Pract. 2015 Apr 1. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12637.
Bettencourt-Silva J, De La Iglesia B, Donell S, Rayward-Smith V. On creating a patient-centric database from multiple Hospital Information Systems. Methods Inf Med. 2012; 51(3):210-20. doi: 10.3414/ME10-01-0069. Epub 2011 Aug 5.