Chris Paton

Research Member of Common Room

Chris is a health informatics clinical researcher working at the Centre for Tropical Medicine on Electronic Health Records systems in developing countries. Working with a team of Kenyan researchers, he is evaluating the use of OpenMRS, DHIS2 and other Open Source software applications for both routine healthcare use and “secondary use” as a data source for research.

Chris trained as a medical doctor in the UK before moving to New Zealand where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) and as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago. At NIHI, he worked on a range of e-health projects tackling national public health issues such as Smoking Cessation and Family Violence.
Chris established a new Working Group for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on the use of Social Media in healthcare. He co-founded the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries  and he also established an online community for medical students ( and a social networking website for health informatics professionals (

Recently, he set up a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for health informatics professionals on the Health Informatics Forum ( The MOOC uses Creative Commons licensed online lectures from 5 US universities and Chris is now developing a course on “Global Health Informatics” about the use of Electronic Health Records around the world.

At Oxford, Chris is a steering committee member of Digital Health Oxford, a group of researchers, clinicians and professionals who use digital health in the Oxfordshire region. DHOx runs regular meetups and hack weekends on new technology in healthcare.