Aviv Shachak

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Data Science in Context: Understanding the Work of Health Data Scientists

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This research study is a qualitative content analysis of health data science curricula and an observational study of the work of health data scientists.

Lead: Aviv Shachak

Aviv Shachak received his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; MSc in Agriculture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and PhD in Information Science from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He moved into Health Informatics in his post-doc at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Currently, Aviv is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) and the Faculty of Information. He is also a cross-appointed researcher at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education (University Health Network and University of Toronto) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria. He was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics in 2021.

Aviv’s work at the intersection of Health Informatics and Health Professions Education seeks to improve usage and help realize the potential benefits of health information systems and minimize negative unintended consequences. It explores various approaches to educate future and practicing clinicians on the non-technical issues of using information and communication technology in health including exploratory, computer-based simulation, and video tutorials. Dr. Shachak’s work has been published in various Medical, Information Science, Professional Communication, and Biomedical Informatics journals. He is the lead editor of a book titled “Health Professionals’ Education in the Age of Clinical Information Systems, Mobile Computing and Social Networks”.


Cognitive, Social & Information Science Theory in Health Informatics Research

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