O2RB Excellence In Impact Awards

19 April 2018

O2RB Excellence In Impact Awards

Yesterday, Dr Weizi (Vicky) Li won an award in this year’s O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards, in a ceremony held at St Anne’s College, Oxford. The awards recognises and rewards innovative social sciences projects which have made a social or economic difference to individuals, communities, and societies.

What is O2RB?

O2RB is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, The Open University, and Oxford Brookes University. It is designed to build and strengthen regional partnerships for research impact via Oxford’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

What was the award for?

Dr Weizi (Vicky) Li’s research titled ‘Integrated healthcare information system for medical and care quality improvement‘ has been celebrated for its positive impact on the Chinese healthcare system through developing and implementing a data integration system. This system was developed alongside senior hospital managers in Chinese hospitals, and has improved operational practices, treatment processes and clinical pathways – and thereby benefiting both hospital staff and patients. The system has now been adopted by over 2000 hospitals, and has led to the first ever Chinese digital health company to be listed on the stock market (SinLdo). The presentation of the award was made by Dr Caroline Kenny, UCL and Social Sciences Advisor at Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

Chair of the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards panel, Professor Mark Pollard (Associate Head of Division (Research), Social Sciences) said: 

‘The awards have been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the exceptional impacts on society being made by social scientists from the four partner institutions. The panel have been impressed with the diversity and depth of the projects recognised, and hope that this will inspire even more social scientists to explore what impact might look like for their research, and the ways in which it might be achieved.’

Who is Dr Weizi Li?

Dr Weizi (Vicky) Li is the Deputy Director of the Informatics Research Centre (IRC) and the Admissions Tutor for Infromatics MSc Programmes. 

Her area of expertise are in Organisational semiotics, Business process modelling, System integration, Enterprise architecture, Intelligent Information Systems and Health informatics. For more information about her, visit her profile here:

Dr Weizi Li’s profile

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