Biomedical and Health Informatics Profile

Marion Ball


“Information technology is going to become the stethoscope for the 21st century.”

Drs. Marion Ball and Hans Petersen, recipients of the 2010 IMIA  award for Excellence in Medical Informatics

(Source: IMIA)

François Gremy, Hans Petersen, Marion Ball, Otto Reinhoff, David Shires, KC Lun at MEDINFO 2004

(Source: KC Lun)

   Dr. Ball is a Fellow of the IBM Global Leadership Initiative Center for Healthcare Management and Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  She has championed the use of the latest technical means to assist in Nursing Care.

   Dr. Ball chaired the 1979 Hospital Information Systems Conference, a forerunner of interdisciplinary research into Medical Informatics Systems.

   She was president of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) from 1992-1995.

   She is the author of over 20 books -- Consumer Informatics won the Health Information Management Systems Society Book of the Year award for 2005; her Nursing Informatics has been translated into six languages.

“We are teaching nurses how to use technology to find and record the information they need and use critical thinking skills--rather than memorization--to determine the best course of action for a patient.”

Above, cover of Dr. Ball’s 1973 guide to building an HIS.  Below, sample chapter heading.

(Source: Rutgers University)

(above) The Cover and (below) a sample page from Dr. Ball’s 1971 Guide.

(Source: Rutgers University)