Researcher Biography

Farzad received his Master’s in Medical IT Management at the AmirKabir University of technology where he concentrated on the design of clinical information systems’ graphical user interface. He had received his medical qualification by thesis research on adolescents’ depression based on their parents’ employment. His academic and industrial experience has been focused on digital health. The most important research domains of clinical information systems, picture archiving and communication systems, interoperability, telemedicine and telecare, and resistance to technology among healthcare staff have been explored in different universities. Executive roles at strategic and operational levels have been an invaluable experience in his digital health career. Leading and collaborating with diverse teams of designers, developers, business and deployment teams in the UK, India and Malaysia on different Digital Autopsy Solutions has been a golden opportunity for learning and experiencing advanced visualisation solutions. All industrial experiences have never stopped him to pursue his passion in research, teaching and learning in digital health. He has been an active reviewer and member of the editorial board of IJMI and keynote speaker in many conferences. Currently, his PhD research examines the sociodemographic determinants of users’ engagement with digital mental health solutions (interventions).

⏵ Qualifications

⬤ PhD Candidate in Digital Health

2019 to present | University of Queensland: Brisbane, AU

⬤ MS Medical IT Management 

2005 to 2007 | AmirKabir University of Technology: Tehran, IR

⬤ Medical Doctor 

1988 to 1996 | Shiraz University of Medical Sciences: Shiraz, IR

◑Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 

2020 to present | Charles Sturt University: Bathurst, NSW, AU


2016 | Pearson-PEOPLECERT: Kuala Lumpur, MY

◑Information System Security Standard Certificate 

2015 | NEXUS- (ISO27001-2013) Kuala Lumpur, MY

◑Capability Maturity Model Integration Certificate 

2015 | CMMI Institute-Software Development Process


Online Facilitator (Project Management) 

2019 to 2021 | Australian Institute of Business: Adelaide, AU

Lecturer (Masters’ Capstone projects in IT & Risk-Security Management) 

2019 to 2021 | Charles Sturt University: Brisbane, AU

Casual Project Officer (Cardiology Mobile Project – NHMRC Application)

2018 | CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre: Herston, AU

Casual Project Officer (Diabetes Mobile Monitoring– NHMRC Application)

2018 | Centre of Online Health-University of Queensland-: Brisbane, AU

Head of Medical Informatics and Knowledge Management (Digital Autopsy Solutions) 

2010 to 2016 |  iGene SDN BHD - INFOVALLEY: Kuala Lumpur, MY

Lecturer (Informology, Medical Terminology and Medical Informatics)

2009 to 2011 |  Tehran University of Med. Sci.-School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine: Tehran, IR

Lecturer (Medical Informatics, Medical Digital Imaging)

2007 to 2010 |  Shiraz University of Med. Sci.-Paraclinical School: Shiraz, IR

Lecturer (GUI Design, Remote Sensing)

2007 to 2009 |  Shiraz University of Technology-IT Department: Shiraz, IR

Chief Information Officer

2003 to 2007 |  Shiraz University of Med. Sci.-ICT Department: Shiraz, IR

Head of Health Promotion

1998 to 2002 | Shiraz University of Med. Sci.-Shiraz Health Centre: Shiraz, IR

Medical Practice (General Practitioner)

1996 to 1998 |  Shiraz Medical Clinic: Shiraz, IR


Research Interests

  • Digital Health Education
  • Mixed Reality in Digital Health Solutions
  • Gamification in Digital Health
  • User Interface Design, Acceptability and Engagement
  • Psychosocial Perspectives of Digital Health Design
  • Clinical Information Systems
  • Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
  • Interoperability and Integration of Health Information Systems
  • Semantics in Clinical Information systems
  • Telemedicine, Teledermatology, and Telecare


  • Sociotechnical Integration Research (STIR) Training Workshop [CSIRO-2020]
  • Advances in Zoom-based teaching [CSU-2020]
  • Online tools and platforms for engagement [CSU-2020]
  • Using Blackboard tools in learning and teaching [CSU-2020]
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency Program [CSU-2020]
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methodology [ACSPRI-2021]