Weber, Jens-Holger

P{rofessor, Director of BSENG program


Phone number: (250) 472-5721

Research description:

-Software Interoperability and the Integration of Heterogeneous Systems
-Software Security, Information Privacy
-Identity Management and Identity Theft
-Software Reverse Engineering
-Knowledge-Based Systems and Medical Informatics
-Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
-Component-based Software
-Web Services and Net-Centric Computing
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Jens Weber is a software engineer whose research focuses on protecting critical health information, such as patient records, and looking at how technology can make our health care system more efficient and more sustainable.

Dr. Weber is particularly interested in re-engineering existing programs to prevent problems from occurring. Poorly designed software programs have led to misinformation issues, or delayed treatments because of a system crash.

With health care expenditures skyrocketing each year, e-health technology provides health care practitioners with evidence-based information that can help lower costs, he says. This may involve assessing which drug is most effective for treatment, or if dosages can be adjusted.

"Information technology has been identified as a potential remedy for maintaining our universal health care system in the future," he says.

However, shifting from paper to electronic databases poses risks for the safety and privacy of patient information. To protect sensitive information, he's looking at the quality attributes that make good software programs and working on certifying them.

He's currently working with UBC researchers and primary care providers across BC on a research network and database design that will connect hundreds of physicians' offices across the province, allowing patient information to be shared among them.

Dr. Weber is director of the software engineering program at UVic and collaborates with the School of Health Information Science. As a licensed practising professional engineer, he stresses to his students the importance of getting their licence in software engineering.

He also exposes students to marketed software programs instead of programs designed for classroom instruction. He says that marketed software often evolves over time, and ends up with outdated documentation and contradicting designs. Often, when students leave academia, they don't expect such badly designed software, and it shocks them. "I teach the imperfections of the real world," Dr. Weber says.

Related Links
Dr, Weber's Faces of UVic Research Video:

Community projects

Collaboration with the Victoria Hospice Society on Mobile, Context-Aware Information Technology at the Point of Care.

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