Dr Amirhossein Takian
Lecturer in Health Policy & Health Services Research - Health Studies
Amir is a general practitioner (GP) by training. He holds PhD in Health Policy and Health Services Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London . In September 2011, Amir took up the Lectureship in Health Policy & Health Services Research at the School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University London. He was NHIR-funded Research Fellow at the Department of Practice & Policy, the UCL School of Pharmacy [Feb 2009-Sep 2011]. Amir was a lead researcher in the national evaluation of the implementation and adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems in the English hospitals. This collaborative/multi centre study was a mixed method evaluation of the most expensive civil information technology (IT) deployment ever undertaken globally. Amir is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK ; a member of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Iran (2012); a member of advisory group in Health Information Technology, AcademyHealth, USA , and editor of health policy section for the International Journal of Health Policy and Management .
- Module leader: HH55048 (Health Policy and Public Health for MSc Health Promotion & Public Health)
- Module leader: MB5531 (Healthcare Policy for MBA students)
- Elected member of the School Board, School of Health Sciences & Social Care (2012-14)
1- HH55048: Health Policy& Public Health module for MSc Health Promotion and Public Health (HPPH)
2- MB5531: Healthcare Policy for MBA Students at Brunel Business School
Contributor to modules:
1- HH3219 & HH5584: Public Health promotion for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing program, (BSc) & M level (PGDip)
2- HH55024: Public Health: Social Context, Exploration and Action
3- HH55027: Global Perspectives in Public Health and Health Promotion
Teaching / Supervision
- Health policy
- Health information technology
- Long-term care
- Primary care
- Family medicine
- Healthcare reform
1. IT-enabled transformation of healthcare systems & health information technology.
2. Evidence-based health policy to address the complexities of modern health systems.
3. Primary care & health systems evaluation.
4. Qualitative research and applying principles of social sciences in healthcare.
Membership and affiliation
· Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Iran, 2012
· Member of health information technology (HIT) advisory group, AcademyHealth, USA, 2010-present
· Member and fellow of Higher Education Academy of Great Britain, 2012
· Member of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), USA, 2009-present
· Member of the British Computing Society (BCS), 2009-present
· Member of Society for Social Medicine in the UK, 2008-present
· Member of AcademyHealth, USA, 2007-present
· Member of the Iranian Medical Association, Registration Number 80498, 2000-present
Selected Journal articles:
- Takian A, Sheikh A, Barber N. ‘We are bitter, but we are better off: case study of the implementation of an electronic health record system into a mental health hospital in England’. BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:484 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-484.
- Takian A, Sheikh A, Barber N. ‘Organizational learning in the implementation and adoption of national electronic health records: case studies of two hospitals participating in the National Programme for Information Technology in England’. Health Informatics Journal 2013, in press.
- Takian A, Cornford T. NHS information: Revolution or evolution? Health Policy and Technology 2012, 1 (4): 193-198. ISSN 2211-8837.
- Takian A. Petrakaki D. Cornford T. Sheikh A. Barber N. ‘Building a house on shifting sand: Methodological considerations when evaluating the implementation and adoption of national electronic health record systems’. BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:105. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-105.
- Moshiri E, Takian A, Rashidian A, Kabir MJ. Expediency and Coincidence in Formation of Family Physician and Universal Rural Health Insurance in Iran. Hakim Research Journal 2013; 15(4): 288- 299.
- Takian A, Doshmangir L, Rashidian A. ‘Implementing family physician reform in rural Iran: exploring the role of an existing primary health care network’. Family Practice (2013). In press.
- Takian A. ‘Envisioning electronic health record systems as change management: The case study of an English hospital joining the National Programme for Information Technology’. Stud Health Technol Inform 2012;180:901-5.
- Takian A. ‘Implementation of electronic health records in mental health hospitals in England: findings from an independent national evaluation ’. Eur J Public Health 2012; 22(suppl 2): 193. doi:10.1093/eurpub/cks154.
- Takian A, Petrakaki D, Cornford T, Sheikh A, & Barber N. ‘Methodological considerations when evaluating the implementation of large-scale electronic health record systems’. Eur J Public Health 2012; 22(suppl 2): 144. doi:10.1093/eurpub/cks115.
- Sheikh A, Cornford T, Barber N, Avery A, Takian A, et al. ‘Implementation and adoption of nationwide electronic health records in secondary care in England: final qualitative results from prospective national evaluation in "early adopter" hospitals’. BMJ 2011;343:d6054.
- Takian A, Rashidian A, and Kabir M.J. ‘Expediency and coincidence in re-engineering a health system: An interpretive approach to formation of family medicine in Iran’. Health Policy Plan 2011; 26(2):163-73.
- Barber N, Cornford T, Klecun E, Lichtner V, Takian A. ‘User-centered healthcare IT: meaningful or meaningless?’ In: MIE 2011, 28-31 August 2011, Oslo, Norway.
- Robertson A, Cresswell K. Takian A, et al. 'Implementation and adoption of nationwide electronic health records in secondary care in England: qualitative analysis of interim results from a prospective national evaluation'. BMJ 2010, 341: c4564.
- Takian A, Rashidian A, and Kabir M. ‘An interpretive approach to formation of family physician and rural insurance in Iran’. Eur J Public Health 2010; 20(suppl 1): 195. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckq130.
- Takian A. Petrakaki D. Cornford T. Sheikh A. Barber N. (2012). ‘Methodological reflections on the evaluation of the implementation and adoption of national electronic health record systems’. International Journal of Integrated Care, 15 June 2012 - ISSN 1568-4156, URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-113079 / ijic2012-99.
- Takian A. “Uterine Cancer”, Emdad Quarterly 2003 2(2): 14-16. http://www.magiran.com/magtoc.asp?mgID=3034&Number=2&Appendix=0
- Takian A. et al. "Studying the Role of PKC Gene on TNF-a Secretion in Rats” Daneshvar Scientific and Research Magazine 1995, 2 (1): 154-161.
- Doosti, M & Takian A. "RNA as an Enzyme", Journal of Tehran University of Medical Science 1994, 1 (1): 21-27. http://journals.tums.ac.ir/abs/8075
Takian A. “Implementing family medicine in Iran: Identification of facilitators & obstacles”. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London)2009.
National scientific reports:
1. Cresswell K, Ali M, Avery A, Barber N, Cornford T, Crowe S, Fernando B, Jacklin A, Jani Y, Klecun E, Lichtner V, Marsden K, Morrison Z, Paton J, Petrakaki D, Prescott R, Quinn C, Robertson A, Takian A, Voutsina K, Waring J, and Sheikh A. (2011) ‘The Long and Winding Road…An Independent Evaluation of the Implementation and Adoption of the National Health Service Care Records Service (NHS CRS) in Secondary Care in England’. Available from: http://www.haps.bham.ac.uk/publichealth/cfhep/005.shtml
2. Cresswell K, Ali M, Avery A, Barber N, Cornford T, Crowe S, Fernando B, Jacklin A, Jani Y, Klecun E, Lichtner V, Marsden K, Morrison Z, Paton J, Petrakaki D, Prescott R, Quinn C, Robertson A, Takian A, Voutsina K, Waring J, and Sheikh A. (2011). ‘Stories from the Long and Winding Road…An Independent Evaluation of the Implementation and Adoption of the National Health Service Care Records Service (NHS CRS) in Secondary Care in England’. Available from: http://www.haps.bham.ac.uk/publichealth/cfhep/005.shtml
Invited scientific speeches:
1- Invited speaker at the annual ACADEMYHEALTH HIT INTEREST ADVISORY GROUP, entitled: “Common Issues with Evaluating Health Information Technology”. Panelists: Ashish Jha, Harvard University; Spencer Jones, RAND Corporation; Esteben Hebel, Partners Healthcare; Amirhossein Takian, Brunel University London, Orlando-USA, 23 JUNE 2012.
2- Invited speaker to The 12th Annual Social Study of ICT workshop (SSIT12) at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE): Health Information Systems: Searching the Past – Finding a Future, London-UK, 18 April 2012.
3- Invited speaker to the EPICog expert panel on 'Electronic Information in health and social care: promises and pitfalls' at the 15th Dilemmas for the Human Services Conference, London, London- UK, 1st September 2011.
4- Invited speaker to the Iranian National Institute of Health Research: ‘Insights and lessons form the prospective evaluation of the implementation of national electronic health record systems in England’, Tehran- Iran, 26th April 2011.
Selected conference presentations:
Ø ‘Rehearsing the History of National Health Service’s Information System in England: Exploring the Ways Forward’. Takian A. Cornford T. Podium presentation at 3rd Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop on “Time, History and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies”. London School of Economics, London-UK, 13-14 June 2013.
Ø ‘Implementing electronic health record systems as a change management program: The case study of an English hospital joining in the National Programme for Information Technology’. Takian A. Accepted full paper podium presentation at the 24th European Medical Informatics Conference (MIE2012). Pisa- Italy, August 26th -29th, 2012.
Ø ‘Methodological Considerations When Evaluating the Implementation of Large-Scale Electronic Health Record Systems’. Takian A. Podium presentation at 29th Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health, Orlando-USA, 23-26 June 2012. http://www.academyhealth.org/Events/content.cfm?ItemNumber=7000
Ø ‘Organizational Learning in the Implementation and Adoption of National Electronic Health Records: Case Studies of Two English Hospitals Participating in the National Programme for Information Technology’. Takian A. Presentation at 29th Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health, Orlando-USA, 23-26 June 2012.
Ø ‘Implementation of Electronic Health Records in Mental Health Hospitals in England: Findings from an Independent National Evaluation’. Takian A. Presentation at 29th Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health, Orlando-USA, 23-26 June 2012.
Ø ‘Methodological reflections on the evaluation of the implementation and adoption of national electronic health record systems’. Takian A. Petrakaki D. Cornford T. Sheikh A. Barber N. 2nd International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare, King’sfund, London- UK, 6-8 March 2012. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/events/past_events_catch_up/international.html
Ø ‘Meaningful evaluation of large-scale health informatics interventions’. Barber N, Hibberd R, & Takian A & Sheikh A. Panel presentation at the 35th symposium of American Medical Informatics Association, 22-26 October 2011, Washington DC, USA.
Ø ‘User-Centered healthcare IT: Meaningful or Meaningless?’ Barber N. Cornford C., Klecun E. Lichtner V, Takian A. Panel presentation at the 23rd European Medical Informatics conference – MIE2011 – Oslo, Norway, August 28-31, 2011. person.hst.aau.dk/ska/mie2011/CD/MIE_2011.../panels.html
Ø ‘Insights and Lessons from an Independent, Longitudinal, and Sociotechnical Evaluation of the Implementation & Adoption of a National Electronic Health Record Systems (NHS CRS) in Hospitals in England’. Takian A; Barber N; Cresswell K & Sheikh A. On behalf of the NHS CRS Evaluation Team. Panel presentation at 28th Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health, Seattle, USA, 12-14 June 2011. www.academyhealth.org/files/2011/tuesday/takian.pdf
Ø ‘Opening the Box: The Case Study of an Independent Evaluation of Implementation and Adoption of Care Record Services (CRS) in an English Hospital as a Part of National Programme for IT (NPfIT)’. Takian A. Invited podium presentation for e-health 2011 annual conference, Toronto- Canada, 29 May-1 June 2011.
Ø ‘Electronic health records: a necessity to improve the health systems or an unaffordable luxury?’ Takian A. Lecture and panel presentation at National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)- Tehran-Iran, 26th April 2011. http://nihr.tums.ac.ir/Print-1293.htm & http://www.sph.tums.ac.ir/news/detail.asp?newsID=1093
Ø ‘An Interpretive Approach to Formation of Family Physician and Rural Insurance in Iran’, Takian A, Rashidian A. Accepted presentation at the 3rd Joint European Public Health Conference 2010, 10-13 November 2010, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, supplement to the European Journal of Public Health. http://www.eupha.org/documents/upcoming_conference/2010/POSTERS_2010.pdf
Ø ‘A Methodological Approach towards IT Implementation in Healthcare: A Socio-technical Changing Perspective’; Petrakaki D, Cornford T, Klecun E, Ali M, Barber N, Hibberd R, Jani Y, Lichtner V, Takian A. Podium presentation in Qualitative Research in the NHS: 2nd Annual Meeting, the University of Cambridge, 1st October 2010.
Ø ‘Expediency and Coincidence in Reengineering a Health System: An Interpretive Approach to Formation of Family Medicine in Iran’, Takian A & Rashidian A. Presented to 1st working conference of HSR (Health Services Research)-Europe, World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands, 8-9 April 2010.
Ø ‘An Alternative Approach to Health Sector Reform in Middle-Income Countries: Experience of Family Medicine in Iran’. Takian A. Presentation at 27th Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Boston-USA, 27-29th June 2010.
Ø ‘A moving target: Methodological challenges of evaluating the processes of adoption of an electronic health record system and organisational changing in NHS hospitals in England’. Takian A. Petrakaki D. Klecun E. & Cornford T. 1st Annual Conference of Qualitative Research, University of Cambridge, October 2009, UK.
Ø ‘Scaling-up Primary Care & Universal Coverage Based on PHC Infrastructure: The Case of Iranain Health System Reform’. Takian A, Rashidian A. 26th AcademyHealth. Annual Research Meeting, USA, June 2009. http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=105900851.html
Ø ‘The Dynamic Model of Health Policy Analysis: An Alternative Framework to Study the Process of Implementing Change in Health Systems’. Takian A, Rashidian A, Kabir MJ. 26th AcademyHealth. Annual Research Meeting, USA, June 2009. http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=105900849.html.
Ø ‘An Inconvenient Truth: Purchaser-Provider Split Ends in Inter-Organizational Hostility: Lessons from Implementing Family Medicine in Iran’. Takian A, Kabir MJ. http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=105900850.html
Ø ‘Implementing family medicine and rural insurance in Iran: facilitators & obstacles’. Takian A, Black N. 25th Annual Research Meeting, Washington DC, USA, June 2008.
Ø ‘Reverse path dependency controls the reform?! Experiences from implementation of family medicine in Iran’. Takian A. Black N. Rashidian A. Presentation at the Annual Primary Care Research Network meeting, University of Cambridge, Nov 29-30, 2007.
Ø ‘Implementing reform in the Iranian health sector: A journey back to future’. Takian A, Kabir MJ. Presentation at the 18th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 20- 24 September 2008.
1. Takian A. (1997) "Biochemistry of Aging", Jali Publications, Tehran-Iran.
2. Takian A. (1998) "Medical Epistemology", Jali Publications, Tehran-Iran.
3.Takian A. & Vaezmahdavi M. (Translation) (1998) Robert Carola et al. "Human Anatomy and Physiology", Shahed University Publications, Tehran-Iran.
4.Takian A (1997) Search for “Wisdom in Religion and Tradition", Jali Publications, Tehran-Iran.