Bob joined CHOP in 1997 as a resident after receiving his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently practices medicine in the South Philadelphia primary care office and, since 2006, has served as DBHi's clinical informatics director. Bob's informatics work focuses on the expansion of the electronic health record (EHR) interface to deliver interventions and decision support directly to healthcare providers within the clinical setting. He is board certified in clinical informatics and is considered a national expert in the repurposing of clinical data for secondary use in clinical and genomics research and provides consultation, data reporting, and honest broker services to researchers who need to extract data from the EHR. Bob is also a founding member of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), a DBHi-led group that facilitates EHR-mediated research within CHOP's dozens of primary care practices across the region. Bob also holds a bachelor's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Christopher A. Longhurst, MD, MS
Chief Information Officer, UC San Diego Health SciencesClinical Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, UCSD Health
Dr. Longhurst, as Chief Information Officer, is responsible for all operations and strategic planning for information and communications technology across the multiple hospitals, clinics, and professional schools which encompass UC San Diego Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Longhurst is a Clinical Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and continues to see patients at Jacobs Medical Center. He previously served as Chief Medical Information Officer for Stanford Children’s Health and Clinical Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he helped lead the organization through the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) for over a decade. This work culminated in HIMSS stage 7 awards for both Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and 167 network practices in Stanford Children’s Health.
Dr. Longhurst has published dozens of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on how technology and data can improve patient care and outcomes and was elected as a fellow in the prestigious American College of Medical Informatics, among other distinctions. He is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical informaticist, and founded Stanford’s fellowship in clinical informatics, first in the nation to receive accreditation. Described as a pragmatic academician, Dr. Longhurst, serves as an advisor to several companies and speaks internationally on a wide gamut of healthcare IT topics.
William G. Adams, MD
Dr. William Adams is an epidemiologist, medical informatician, and practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is Professor of Pediatrics, BU-CTSI Director of Clinical Research Informatics at BMC and BUSM and also serves as Director of Community Health Informatics for the Boston HealthNet. His research over the past two decades has focused on developing and evaluating information technology (IT)-based solutions for improving the quality of health and healthcare for urban populations, particularly children, and includes the child health EHR, patient-centered IT, state-wide immunization registries, immunization decision support, and clinical data warehousing for quality improvement.
Paul Biondich, MD
Paul is a senior medical informatics researcher and pediatrician whose research interests include informatics interventions in resource-constrained environments, decision support systems and open communities of practice. He is the co-founder and leader of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations, which is currently deployed in over 80 countries throughout the world, some at national scale. He is also very active in international health information architecture development efforts, both through his leadership of a WHO Collaborating Centre in Medical Informatics, and in the formation of a new community of practice that supports national planning and implementation of health information sharing architectures (OpenHIE). In his leadership role of the Global Health Informatics program at the Regenstrief Institute, he participates in a wide variety of strategically important R&D health informatics initiatives for PEPFAR, Gates Foundation, CDC, USAID, WHO, and GIZ. All of these projects provide a rich substrate that allows him to study these unique environments and learn the effectiveness of various health informatics interventions applied to these settings.