Alan’s route into health information engineering was sparked by personal experience. The death of both his parents from cancer when he was young made him want to find a career where he could actively help others.
He initially worked in industry as a software engineer before training as a cardiac nurse and was accepted into medical school to become a doctor. Alan was subsequently diagnosed with a degenerative illness which meant that he was no longer suited to the physicality of hospital work.
Working in hospitals had given him an interest in things like Electrocardiograms (ECGs) and this, combined with his background in software, led him to take a PhD in computer science and ultimately develop a career in which he now combines his skills to help other researchers develop software. As a senior lecturer he leads on courses in health informatics and health & clinical data science.