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Biomedical Informatics Research

ReImagine EHR Research Group

ReImagine EHR

It is a joy to use the electronic health record (EHR).
The EHR is constantly saving you time, leaving you more time for your patients and your family.
There is no need to hunt through the record – everything you need is right there.
It is easy to do the right thing, every time.
The tool fits the work so well, working is like play.
When you imagine how the EHR shouldwork, it soon becomes how it doeswork.


The University of Utah ReImagine EHR initiative is a collaboration between the clinical departments, IT, and Biomedical Informatics to make this vision a reality.  Its goal is to transform patient care and the provider experience through standards-based innovations layered on top of the EHR.  Standards leveraged include FHIR, SMART, and CDS Hooks.  This initiative is led by Biomedical Informatics faculty with complementary and synergistic expertise:

  • Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Informatics; Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for University of Utah Health
    • Areas of expertise: standards-based interoperability, clinical decision support
  • Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research
    • Areas of expertise: standards-based interoperability, clinical decision support, health IT evaluation
  • Charlene Weir, PhD, RN, Professor and Lead of BMI Sociotechnical Service
    • Areas of expertise: the application of cognitive principles to design and evaluation of comprehensive models of cognitive support that integrate design with implementation


Below are sample projects of the ReImagine EHR initiative.

  • Clinical Decision Support System to Optimize Disease Management
  • Diabetes Therapy Outcome Prediction App
  • Disease Management Dashboard
  • EHR-Integrated MDCalc
  • Improving HPV Vaccination in Childhood Cancer Survivors in Rural Regions
  • Less is More: Context-Relevant Views in EHRs
  • Leveraging an Electronic Medical Record Infrastructure to Identify Primary Care Patients Eligible for Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer and Evaluate Novel Cancer Genetics Service Delivery Models
  • Lung Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making
  • Multi-Level Interventions for Increasing Tobacco Cessation at Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Neonatal Bilirubin Management Decision Support
  • Opioid Decision Support
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCOR CDS-LN)
  • Pediatric Patient Summary
  • Quantifying Electronic Medical Record Usability to Improve Clinical Workflow
  • Scalable Clinical Decision Support for Individualized Cancer Risk Management

Sample Screenshots from Project Innovations 

Neonatal Bilirubin Management App


Procedure Capacity Management App


Diabetes Treatment Outcome Prediction App (Collaboration with Hitachi)


EHR-Integrated MDCalc (Collaboration with MDCalc)



The ReImagine EHR initiative is funded through various sources, including operational healthcare system funding and over $25 million in external grant support, primarily from federal agencies such as NIH, AHRQ, VA, PCORI, HHS, CDC, and CMS.  Sample grants:

NCI U24 - 5U24CA204800

NCI – U01 - 1U01CA232826

PCORI - Multilevel Interventions for Increasing Tobacco Cessation at FQHCs


Core members of the ReImagine EHR team from the Department of Biomedical Informatics include:

  • Andrew Iskander
  • Bryan Gibson, DPT, PhD
  • Claude Nanjo, MPH, MAAS
  • Damian Borbolla, MD, MS
  • David Shields
  • Douglas Martin, MD
  • Heidi Kramer, PhD
  • Phillip Warner, MS
  • Polina Kukhareva, PhD
  • Richard Bradshaw, PhD
  • Ryan Cornia
  • Salvador Rodriguez, PhD
  • Teresa Taft, PhD
  • Thomas Reese, PharmD, PhDc
  • Wendy Chapman, PhD


See publication lists here, sorted by faculty member:

Dr. Del Fiol

Dr. Kawamoto

Dr. Weir