International Representatives

BCS Health UK Representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
Dr Paul Woolman

Paul wears several ‘hats’ and is a busy portfolio worker. He is currently a Health Informatics Consultant with NHS National Services Scotland. Formerly he was an Enterprise Architect for the Scottish Government eHealth Directorate specialising in information and interoperability aspects of healthcare IT. He is also a course leader in a Masters in Health Informatics and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University working on a new Masters in Global eHealth. He is an active reviewer and evaluator for EU wide research projects for the European Commission. He has advised other countries on Health Informatics policies and speaks at international conferences.

Back home in Scotland he organises ‘Health Informatics Scotland’ a successful annual conference run by BCS Health Scotland. He chaired and is on the board of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics. Before being an NHS manager Paul had a research and development career as a clinical scientist and medical engineer leading several European wide research projects. Paul has over 60 publications and conference presentations from more than twenty five years experience. For twenty years he has been involved in developing international standards in health informatics within ISO, CEN and HL7 standards bodies involving extensive international collaborations. Paul has a PhD in medical imaging, is a Chartered Engineer and IT Professional. He is a Fellow of BCS and formerly Chair of the Health Scotland group and was actively involved in the BCS Health Executive at that time.


Simon de LuisgnanBCS Health UK Representative to the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI)
Dr Simon de Luisgnan FBCS CITP

Simon is Head of General Practice and Primary Care, Discipline Lead Biomedical Informatics, at St George's Hospital, and has organised undergraduate teaching in more than 200 teaching practices in London and the South East. He established a Biomedical Informatics course in 2006, which was the first of its type in the UK.

His main research interest is Primary Care Informatics, including the use of routinely-collected data for quality improvement, especially in cardiovascular disease, CKD, diabetes, and mental health. Other areas of interest include the use of computers in consultations, as well as research into informatics education.

He is the Editor of Informatics in Primary Care - an international journal about the use of technology in primary care. He has been a GP in Surrey for 21 years, and his practice (Dr Simon de Lusignan and Partners) was an NHS Beacon Practice for Computerisation.

Simon is currently Vice-Chair of the Guildford Practice-Based Commisioning Group.