Intermountain Healthcare has opened an informatics research center to support its clinical information systems.

The center is named for Homer Warner, M.D., one of the pioneers of clinical systems. He began using computers for cardiology decision support in the mid-1950s at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, and helped build Intermountain’s HELP system, one of the first versions of an electronic medical record, in the 1970s. Warner also served at the Institute of Medicine and as president of the American College of Medical Informatics. He now is emeritus chair of the University of Utah’s Department of Medical Informatics.

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