Using EHR Content to Prevent Breast and Ovarian Cancer.  Fuki Hisama and Lue-Ping Zhao, Co-Investigators.  Funded by Brotman Baty Institute.  Underway.

How do malfunctions of the components of clinical computing systems affect patient care, and how often does this occur?  Working with Sandeep Napa, MS candidate.

Improving Inpatient Progress Notes.  Funded by the Department of Medicine Accelerator Grant program.  Completed

OpenNotes.  I serve as the UW PI for this project, based in Boston.  See

AHRQ grant titled “Improving Accuracy of Electronic Notes Using a Faster, Simpler Approach” funded 9/30/14-16.

Usability of electronic health records.  Paper published in JAMIA and panel at AMIA 2012.  Click here to see video Boeing helped us produce.

Improving usability of clinical decision support to reduce drug-drug interactions.  Dan Malone is the PI, funded by AHRQ.  Published

AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs   Published.


For over a decade I coordinated a spring Clinical Computing Operations seminar at UW

AMIA Clinical Informatics Board Review Course.  One of 4 faculty for 5 years.

In 2013 I also taught NMETH 524 Healthcare Information Systems and the Electronic Health Records

Selected recent talks

““The Electronic Health Record as a Catalyst for Quality Improvement in Patient Care.”  Denis Protti Keynote Lecture, Information Technology and Communications in Health Conference 2019.  Victoria, BC, Canada, February 17, 2019.

“EHRs and Informatics: Where do we stand?”  Panel with Erik Van Eaton, MD.  Presentation to Seattle Surgical Society 2019 Annual Meeting.  Seattle, February 8, 2019.

“Using Voice to Create Hospital Progress Notes.”  Seattle Health IT Summit, healthcare informatics Health IT Summit Series, Seattle, Washington, October 23, 2018.

“Perspectives on Serving 8 years as a Board Member and Board Chair of AMIA.”  Presentation to BIME 590– Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series.  University of Washington, October 18, 2018.

“Clinical Computing Systems:  Architecture, Functionality, Operations.”  Lecture to BIME 530, University of Washington, October 10, 2018.

“Inpatient Progress Notes:  How Can We Make Progress?” Grand Rounds, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, September 20, 2018.

“Making a Difference.  A Rising Tide Lifts All…”  Panel presentation with Adam Wright PhD and Christ Mast, MD.  2018 Epic UGM Conference.  Verona, WI, August 30, 2018.

“OurNotes Briefing to AMDIS.”  Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, June 21, 2018, Ojai, California.

“The EHR in 2018:  Current Status and Future, Locally and Nationally.”  With Paul Sutton, MD.  Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Washington, May 17, 2018.

See my CV for details.


Second edition of our book (see previous page) is published.

Clinical work

Thursday afternoon Medicine clinic at General Internal Medicine Center, Roosevelt.

I attend on UWMC and HMC inpatient Medicine Service one month a year.



I got the idea for a section on transparency from Michael Cross, a journalist I interviewed while on sabbatical. The idea is to make influences on what I do and write transparent to all, so that you can judge for yourself what biases may be present.

I do not accept honoraria from health IT firms.  I do accept honoraria and consulting fees from independent organizations and government.  I follow University of Washington ethics guidelines.

At UW, I work with software supplied by vendors, and attend conferences they sponsor.  Most of these conferences have been with Cerner Corp and Epic, vendors for our inpatient and outpatient EMRs.    I don’t receive payment from vendors.

The UW or I pay travel expenses to vendor-sponsored activities, but in the past I took trips at Cerner’s request for which they paid my airfare and hotel, but no honoraria.

I occasionally consult and accept speaking fees, but not from vendors or consultants.  I receive royalties from the book published by Elsevier. I was on the Board of and was compensated with stock, but to avoid appearance of conflict of interest in 2014 I resigned and relinquished claim to any stock.