Joseph W. Hales, PhD

Research Interests

  • Health Information Security
  • Pediatric Applications of Electronic Health Records
  • Graduate Medical Informatics Education


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Associate Professor (Clinical), Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Pediatric Administration

Academic Office Information

  • 801-662-6616
  • Primary Children's Hospital
    Information Systems
    100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Academic Bio

Dr. Joseph W. Hales earned his PhD in Medical Informatics at the University of Utah. He is an associate professor (clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and an adjunct associate professor of Pediatrics in the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. Dr. Hales is the Director of Information Systems at Primary Children’s Medical Center. His research focuses on the development of an Electronic Health Record format for pediatric care, as well as the integration of clinical data to population billing data for pediatrics and its use in clinical effectiveness research. His published research in health informatics includes controlled vocabularies, decision support systems, online health information, clinical database design and medical informatics education.Dr. Hales joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2003, and currently co-chairs the Curriculum Committee and is a course director for the Biomedical Informatics Weekly Seminar. His previous experience includes assistant research professor at Duke University, assistant professor at University of Missouri. He directed the Health Informatics Graduate Studies at University of Missouri as well as the D.A.B. Lindbergh Center for Health Informatics at University of Missouri. He served as a Fellow for the American College of Medical Informatics and is a member of the Health Information Technology Advisory Group of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.“I was attracted to the field because of my interest in computers and the application of computers to health care, especially the potential to make systematic changes in quality. I continue to be engaged by the field as I see the impact of health information technology on direct patient care and on system-wide care.”

Research Statement

Information management and service coordination for pediatric, disabled, and chronically ill populations; enterprise information architecture, esp. security and access control; informatics education.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Medical Informatics
Undergraduate Brigham Young University
Electrical and Computer Engineering