Michael F Smith

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Michael Smith
Born Michael F Smith
Pen name M F Smith, Mike Smith, Professor Mike Smith
Occupation Computer scientist, businessman
Language English
Nationality British, American
Subject IT, software prototyping, health informatics

Michael F Smith (born 1948) is an Anglo-American computer scientist, medical informatician and businessman. He specializes in software prototyping, computer security and health informatics.


Smith worked in Dublin and Geneva from 1976 to 1980 developing petroleum information systems for Petroconsultants SA. During that time, he also developed microprocessor based oceanographic instruments at University College Galway and was awarded a DPhil. He was appointed lecturer in computer science at Reading University in 1980 and became head of R&D for ISTEL, the computing company of the Rover Group in 1984.

Smith held several directorial positions in the petroleum industry and management consultancy until 1990 when he was appointed Professor of Health Informatics at Keele University in the departments of Medicine and Computer Science; he also concurrently held the position of Director of Information for North Staffordshire Health Authority. In 1996, he moved to London and held professorial posts at City University, Barts, LSE and UCL and managerial positions at Z/Yen and PwC. In 2000, he founded Medix UK Limited[1] and fm2x limited[2] in 2007. He retired from active academic life in 2008. Currently, Smith is involved mainly in the development of large-scale, web-based clinical systems and blockchain technology. He is a long term collaborator with Professor Robert Goodman, developing online psychiatric screening systems.


Some of his publications:

  • Computer Systems in Healthcare: Management and Strategy. Kindle (2012).
  • Software Prototyping: Adoption, Practice and Management. McGraw-Hill, London (1991).
  • "'Confidentiality, Privacy and Safety of Healthcare Systems". Special edition of Health Informatics Journal, December 1998 (with Ross J. Anderson).
  • "Privacy, confidentiality and safety of healthcare information systems". Health Informatics Journal 1998;4(3&4):124-127.
  • "Data protection, health care, and the new European directive". BMJ 1996;312:197-198 (http://www.bmj.com/content/312/7025/197).
  • "Computer safety in medicine and patient identification". High Integrity Systems Journal 1995;1(4):397-398.
  • "Are clinical information systems safe?" BMJ 1994;308:612 (http://www.bmj.com/content/308/6929/612).
  • "Automatic assembler source translation from the Z80 to the MC6809". IEEE Micro (April 1984) pp 3–9 (with Brian Luff).
  • "A microprocessor-controlled digitizer for conductivity, temperature, depth probes". IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (July 1981) pp 157–160 (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/iel5/36/4157228/04157237.pdf).
  • "Using interrupts for real time clocks". Byte (November 1977) pp 50–53 (https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1977-11).


  1. ^ Smith MF. Internet facilitates in situ survey research of practising clinicians. Pharmaceutical Visions 2001; (Summer):48-52. ISSN 0966-1719.
  2. ^ http://fm2x.com

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