Group members

Prof. Christian Lovis
Head of the Division
Office : University Hospitals of Geneva, Division of medical information sciences, 4, Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil; 1205 Geneva; Switzerland
Phone : +41 22 372 88 83

General field of interests

Christian Lovis’ fields of research focuses on three major fields. The first one is clinical information systems, from their architectures to their use to improve patient safety, care efficiency and strategic governance. The second field is around advanced human-machine interfaces, including 3D, augmented reality, contact-free, or innovative interaction paradigms, especially in cooperative/collaborative systems; but also quantified self, self monitoring, captors, etc., including environmental captors, and especially focusing in integration software platform to integrate various sources. We are also working on specifics of bio-captors for elderly, such as elderly-adapted activity captors. Finally, one of the results of the two first is data, and Big data (or shall I say smart data) in health care, how to integrate multisource, multimodal data; how to represent persistent semantics; how to interact with very large data sets, multimensional datasets, etc. is one of our current important research fields. Finally, Formal evaluation of human machine interfaces, human factors, ergonomics, with techniques such as eye-tracking and a dedicated Evaluation Lab at our premises in Geneva.

Professional History

Christian Lovis is professor of clinical informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor trained in Internal Medicine with special emphasis on emergency medicine and holds a FHM in Internal Medicine and is graduated in public health from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, with a mention in community based health. In parallel to medicine, he studied medical informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer, focusing on clinical information systems and medical semantics. Between 2000 and 2010, he was in charge of developing and deploying the computerized patient record for the university hospitals of Geneva. Christian is the author of a large number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of medical informatics focusing on three pillars:  a) Medical semantics, knowledge representation and natural language processing; b) Clinical information systems, architectures, strategy, secondary usage of data for clinical research and c) advanced human-machine interfaces and their evaluation and impacts, human factors. Christian is editorial board member of major peer-reviewed journals in medical informatics, such as the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), PLOS One, the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI).  He is chairing the Traceability working group of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, the “standard und Architektur” and the “Semantik” working groups of the Swiss eHealth federal coordination committee. Christian is member of several working groups at the European Union for ICT activities, such as impacts of health records, policies around secondary usage of clinical data, or regulation for the usage of RFID in healthcare and active in major BigData European research programs such as clinical leader of the DebugIT Eu project of the 7th framework, that intend to develop a distributed pan-European network around infectious disease surveillance using clinical information systems or data providers for the Innovative Medicine Initiative project EHR4CR. Christian Lovis is the European representative and vice-chair elect of the board of managers of HIMSS Global, the largest worldwide organization supporting the improvement of care systems using health care information and management systems.