Assoc Prof Dave Parry

Consultant Profile

Associate Professor Dave Parry
Director of the AUT RFID laboratory, Academic Leader Master of Health Informatics

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Qualifications: PhD (Comp Sci), MSc (Comp Sci), Msc (Medical Physics) BSc (Physics)

Memberships & Affiliations: & Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics


Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Research Award, Faculty of Design and Creative technologies AUT

Research Areas:

RFID, Health informatics, Fuzzy logic.

Current Research Projects:

RFID applications in healthcare, Mobile devices for health, Fuzzy ontology use for activity detection.

Current Consulting Areas & Projects:

RFID tracking of people and objects in healthcare


Over 100 publications including

D. Parry and P. Sampath, "Trajectory Analysis using Automatic Identification Systems in New Zealand Waters," International Journal of Computer and Information Technology, vol. 2, pp. 132-136, 2013

Kaufmann, D., D. Parry, et al. (2013). "Opportunistically discovering usability requirements for a clinical handover system." Stud Health Technol Inform 192: 157-161. (MEDINFO 2013)

Parry, D. and J. MacRae (2013). Fuzzy Ontologies for Cardiovascular risk prediction – a research approach. FUZZ IEEE 2013. Hyderabad

Parry, D., Houliston, B., & Ticehurst, R. (2012, August). Procedural Error Identification In Ward-Based Drug Dispensing Via RFID. Health care informatics review online, 16(1), 12-21.

B. Houliston, D. Parry, and A. Merry, "Towards Automated Detection of Anaesthetic Activity " Methods of Information in Medicine, vol. 50, pp. 464-471, 2011

Westbrook, J. I., Rob, M. I., Woods, A., & Parry, D. (2011). Errors in the administration of intravenous medications in hospital and the role of correct procedures and nurse experience. BMJ quality & safety20(12), 1027-1034.

Parry D.T  &Tsai, T. C. (2010). Crowdsourcing techniques to create a fuzzy subset of SNOMED CT for semantic tagging of medical documents. Soft Computing-A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications, 1-9.

Parry, D.T. and A. Narayanan, RFID enabled smartcards as a context-aware personal health node. Healthcare Informatics Review online, 2010. 14(2).

Houliston, B., Parry, D., Webster, C. S., & Merry, A. F. (2009). Interference with the operation of medical devices resulting from the use of radio frequency identification technology. New Zealand Medical Journal122(1297), 9-16.


Originally from Wales, I've lived in New Zealand for the last 20 years. I started work as a Medical Physicist and moved across to software development for healthcare and non-healthcare applications. I worked at the Department of Information Science, University of Otago 1997-2000 on the world's first online teaching course in health informatics. From 2000 I've worked at AUT initially as a software developer and researcher in online learning and subsequently as an academic. in 2006 I spent three Months in Bhutan, working on a charity-funded project at the JDW national referral hospital.

I also worked at the University of Portsmouth UK on their Telecare knowledge network project in 2006/7. I worked at UNSW in the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research on sabbatical in 2010.

Back in New Zealand I became director of the AUT RFID applications laboratory (AURA), and a senior research lecturer above the bar. I won a Faculty teaching excellence, and a Faculty research excellence award in 2012, and I was a finalist in the AUT Teaching excellence awards.

I am currently leading the Health Informatics New Zealand education group, as well as being a board member, and I am on the board of the RFID pathfinder group.