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Joe David Kirby

A portrait of David Kirby




B.S. Computer Science, West Virginia University, 1975 
 M.S. Computer Science, University of North Carolina, 1982

David Kirby is President of Kirby Information Management Consulting, Durham, NC. His company focuses on information security and privacy management in healthcare and on the implementation of innovative information technologies in health care. Before that, Dave had an extensive and distinguished career at Duke University in Information Science and Information Security with an emphasis on applications in the medical profession. His major roles included leading the development of Duke Medical Center's first in-house electronic health records systems, being a key leader in developing the first and second generations of the Duke Medical Center backbone network, directing the TeleHealth office, establishing and directing the Center for Information Technology Innovation, and establishing and directing Duke's first Information Security Office. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor , Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center.

In addition to his role at Duke, he has lead many cross-institutional projects with the common purpose of enhancing the contribution that information systems make to health care. From 2002 through 2004, he served as Program Chair for the "Security and Privacy Approaches for Academic Medical Centers Conference", devoted to security and privacy issues for academic medical centers. He is an elected member of the Board of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communication Alliance. He has more than 20 presentations on medical information security at conferences around the world. He is frequently an instructor in the area of health informatics for practitioners.

Dave earned his BS in Computer Science in 1975, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and he was one of the first students to receive this degree. In 1982 he earned a MS Computer Science from the University of North Carolina.