U Medical Informatics Professor Receives National Honor

U Medical Informatics Professor Receives National Honor

Oct 30, 2005 5:00 PM

Reed M. Gardner, Ph.D., professor of medical informatics at the University of Utahs School of Medicine, has been recognized nationally for his personal achievements and research that has been instrumental in defining the field of medical informatics.

Gardner received the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence for 2005 from The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) College of Informatics at its 2005 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. In honor of medical informatics pioneer Morris Collen, the award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impression on the field.

It is a tribute to Reed Gardners long and productive career that he has received the Morris Collen Award, and a well deserved honor, said Joyce Mitchell, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Medical Informatics. This is the highest and most prestigious award given in this specialty.

Gardner is one of the principal developers and evaluators of the medical expert system HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing) at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. His primary academic and research interests include hospital information systems, computerized medical decision-making, computerization of critical care, automation of nursing processes, medical informatics education, and public health informatics. Gardner is also the author or co-author of more than 350 articles in the fields of medical informatics and bioengineering, and is currently serving as an editorial board member for Methods of Information in Medicine. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and past President of the AMIA.

The University of Utah is the only place in the country to have had two faculty receive the Morris F. Collen Award. Homer Warner, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus and founding chair of the medical informatics department, previously received this capstone prize, according to Mitchell.

The American Medical Informatics Association, formed in 1989, is an organization of leaders shaping the future of health information technology in the United States and abroad. AMIA is dedicated to the development and application of medical informatics in support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration.

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