The American Academy of Pediatrics has named Christoph Lehmann, M.D., presently director of clinical information technology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, as director of its new Child Health Informatics Center.

The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based academy intends the center to develop programs to help pediatricians and pediatric hospitals in adopting electronic health records, medication delivery systems and other computerized patient safety systems.

Lehmann is a neonatologist. An initial assignment for the new center is to design a model electronic pediatric health record. At Johns Hopkins, he has developed several software applications, including a tool to reduce medication errors in children being treated for cancer, an online infusion calculator, a system that monitors lab values of critically ill premature infants, and a Web-based program to approve use of special restricted antibiotics.

Lehmann also recently co-founded the journal Applied Medical Informatics. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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