University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics has 50 years of history exploring the underlying science of designing and implementing decision-support that provides cognitive support for clinicians at the point of care across several health delivery systems.


Physician burnout ranges from 31-46% across the country. The top two contributing factors are increased clerical burden and increased productivity requirements, both of which involve the EHR. About 80 percent of physicians in one survey feel EHRs impede patient care, and almost half say patient safety is at risk[1]. EHRs need to be customized to better support the cognitive and communication requirements for effective personalized patient care. However, EHR vendors cannot fully support personalized care delivery because information displays are in silos, disconnected from the patient’s context, and not matched to clinical decision-making.


We can integrate information that both supports value management and cognitive support across multiple vendor EHR systems by linking design to implement, caring for one patient at a time across the globe. We design the standards, build and implement customized applications for personal care delivery, and evaluate their effectiveness in improving safety, value and provider satisfaction.


We apply research methods and innovative technologies to augment and optimize Electronic Health Records (EHRs) by designing tools and information displays that enhance a user’s experience, improve patient outcomes, and deliver personalized, value-driven, and safe care for individuals and populations.

Solution Development Team

Ken Kawamoto, MD, PhD, Associate CMIO, Director of ReImagine EHR

Claude Nanjo, MAAS, MPH, Senior Clinical Informaticist

Doug Martin, MD, Adjunct Professor

David Shields, Senior Clinical Informaticist

Richard Bradshaw, PhD, Senior Clinical Informaticist

Phillip Warner, MS, Senior Software Engineer

Salvador Rodriguez, PhD, Software Design Engineer

Ryan Cornia, Senior Software Engineer

MD Champions

Michael Flynn, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Rebecca Curran, MD, PhD, Family Medicine

Evaluation & Research

Charlene Weir, PhD, RN, Professor

Damian Borbolla, MD, MS, Professor

Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, Associate Professor

Polina Kukhareva, PhD, MPH, Evaluation Director

Heidi Kramer, PhD, Research Associate

Thomas Reese, PharmD, PhD, Research Associate

Teresa Taft, PhD, Research Associate

EHR Team

Travis Gregory, Director, Clinical, Information Systems

Carrie King, Associate Director, Clinical Systems

Dean Taylor, RN, MS, PMP, Associate Director, Clinical Systems

Bryce Covey, Applications Systems Analyst

Robert Richens, Applications Systems Analyst

Executive Sponsors

Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA, CMIO

Jim Turnbull, DHA, MBA, CIO

Tom Miller, MD, CMO

Contact Us

For more information about ReImagine EHR and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah please contact us