School of Health Information Science celebrates 25 years

The international conference Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH) 2007 provided the setting for the 25th anniversary celebration of UVic’s School of Health Information Science. On Feb. 16, over 100 alumni and special guests from as far away as New York and Newfoundland gathered at the historic Maritime Museum in Victoria to celebrate the school’s success. Carol von Hagen, BSc ’88 thanked the evening’s organizers for “doing justice to a great group of people and an outstanding program.”

Special guests were joined by the “intellectual founder” of the school, Dr. William Gibson. While chairing the Universities Council of BC in the late seventies, Gibson envisaged a new type of professional who would have the knowledge and skills to effectively introduce information technology into Canada’s health care system. Through his encouragement UVic launched a new four-year bachelor of science program in Health Information Science in 1982. The first graduating class of one in 1986 was followed by 19 graduates in 1987.

For 25 years the School of Health Information Science has led the way nationally in the education and advancement of health informatics (the application of technology to health care delivery). Over those years, every graduate has been able to find a rewarding position in Canada or in countries around the world.

“Today, information technology affects nearly every aspect of the health care industry,” says school director Andre Kushniruk. “All our graduates have a bright and exciting future.”

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