Michael F Smith

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Michael Smith
BornMichael F Smith
Pen nameM F Smith, Mike Smith, Professor Mike Smith
OccupationComputer scientist, businessman
SubjectIT, software prototyping, health informatics

Michael F Smith (born 1948) is a computer scientist, medical informatician and businessman living in London. He specializes in software prototyping,[1] computer security,[2][3] non-cryptocurrency blockchain [4] and health informatics,[5] especially in mental health systems.


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[6] and fm2x limited[7] in 2007. He retired from active academic life in 2008. Currently, Smith is involved mainly in the development of large-scale, highly secure web-based clinical systems and non-currency blockchain technology. He is a long term collaborator with Professor Robert Goodman, developing online psychiatric screening systems, such as the SDQ Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and DAWBA.


Some other publications:

  • "'Confidentiality, Privacy and Safety of Healthcare Systems". Special edition of Health Informatics Journal, December 1998 (with Ross J. Anderson).
  • Smith, M. F (2016). "Privacy, Confidentiality and Safety of Healthcare Information Systems: Better Information is Needed". Health Informatics Journal. 4 (3–4): 124–127. doi:10.1177/146045829800400302.
  • Smith, M F (1996). "Data protection, health care, and the new European directive". BMJ. 312 (7025): 197–198. doi:10.1136/bmj.312.7025.197. PMC 2349993. PMID 8563575.
  • "Computer safety in medicine and patient identification". High Integrity Systems Journal 1995;1(4):397-398.
  • Smith, M F (1994). "Are clinical information systems safe?". BMJ. 308 (6929): 612. doi:10.1136/bmj.308.6929.612. PMC 2539746. PMID 8148706.
  • Smith, M; Luff, B (1984). "Automatic Assembler Source Translation from the Z80 to the MC6809". IEEE Micro. 4 (2): 3–9. doi:10.1109/MM.1984.291314.
  • Smith, M. F (1981). "A Microprocessor-Controlled Digitizer for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Probes". IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (3): 157–160. doi:10.1109/TGRS.1981.350345.
  • "Using interrupts for real time clocks". Byte (November 1977) pp 50–53 (https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1977-11).


  1. ^ Software Prototyping: Adoption, Practice and Management. McGraw-Hill, London (1991).[page needed]
  2. ^ Smith MF. Computer safety in medicine and patient identification. High Integrity Systems Journal 1995;1(4):397-398. ISSN 0967-2648.
  3. ^ Smith, M F (1994). "Are clinical information systems safe?". BMJ. 308 (6929): 612. doi:10.1136/bmj.308.6929.612. PMC 2539746. PMID 8148706.
  4. ^ Sharing Ledgers For Sharing Economies: An Exploration Of Mutual Distributed Ledgers (aka blockchain technology), Journal of Financial Perspectives, Volume 3, Number 3, EY Global Financial Services Institute, December 2015 (with Michael Mainelli). http://www.zyen.com/Articles/Journal%20of%20Financial%20Perspectives%20-%20Sharing%20Ledgers%20for%20Sharing%20Economie....pdf
  5. ^ Computer Systems in Healthcare: Management and Strategy. Kindle (2012).[page needed]
  6. ^ Smith MF. Internet facilitates in situ survey research of practising clinicians. Pharmaceutical Visions 2001; (Summer):48-52. ISSN 0966-1719.
  7. ^ http://fm2x.com

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