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.

Intermountain for more than five years has partnered with GE Healthcare to create an enterprise electronic records system. The new informatics center will centralize 60 full-time I.T. positions, many of them new positions, and Intermountain expects to need 100 more informatics specialists during the next decade.

--Joseph Goedert


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