George Demiris, PhD, FACMI is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor in both the Penn School of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Informatics. With a focus on the intersection of informatics and nursing science, his work has introduced new and innovative approaches to old problems in gerontology. His research explores technology-based solutions for supporting patients and their families in various settings, including home and hospice care. He also focuses on designing and evaluating personal health systems that produce patient-generated data, including "smart home" solutions and the use of wearable devices or digitally augmented residential settings to facilitate passive monitoring and support independence and quality of life for community dwelling older adults.
He has examined the challenges of privacy and obtrusiveness in the context of technology use, and has provided a comprehensive examination of technical, ethical, and practical challenges associated with the use of technology to support aging. Such emerging technologies introduce challenges and opportunities in terms of engaging older adults in decision making, making sense of vast amounts of data and promoting effective data visualizations as well as addressing ethical considerations. He has conducted numerous federally funded studies and his work has been funded consistently over the years both by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
He received his PhD in informatics at the University of Minnesota, and both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Medical Informatics from Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.