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Donald Detmer

The Role of Biomedical and Health Informatics in the Future of Reliable Health Care

April 27, 2011

Don E. Detmer, M.D., is an Institute of Medicine member, medical director of the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy at the American College of Surgeons, past president and CEO of American Medical Informatics Association  and professor emeritus and professor of medical education at the University of Virginia. He chaired the 1991 study “The Computer-based Patient Record.” He was a member of the committee that developed the Institute of Medicine reports “To Err is Human” and “Crossing the Quality Chasm.” From 1999 to 2003 he was the Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at Cambridge University, and he is a lifetime member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge.

Considered to be a mover of the U.S. National Health Information Infrastructure, Detmer also has been a consultant to the government of England and the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. Prior to his years in England, he was vice president for health sciences at the Universities of Virginia and Utah. While at Virginia he led implementation of a physician order entry system and was principal investigator of its Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems grant. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he developed the nation’s first administrative medicine program, a master’s program for clinician-executives. As a surgeon, he was instrumental in the adoption and development of ambulatory surgery in the early 1970s and was a team physician for the Wisconsin Badgers for 10 years while also serving as president of the medical staff. He won a UW-Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Detmer’s visit was co-sponsored by MU Informatics Institute and MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.