Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD


The award is named for Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of informatics and the founder of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. This award is presented for the paper that best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition and management, and presents experimental results documenting the value of these approaches.

The award and $1,500 prize are given at the fall meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Homer Warner, Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Informatics

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Dr. Homer R. Warner is considered one of the fathers of medical informatics. He pioneered many aspects of computer applications in medicine. In the mid-1950’s, Dr. Warner began working on clinical decision support technology in the cardiology department at LDS Hospital. Dr. Warner and his colleagues developed the HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing) system which is still in use today at Intermountain Healthcare.

Dr. Warner received his bachelor’s and medical degree from the University of Utah, and a doctorate degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Warner founded and became the first chair in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine which existed under various names since 1972. Dr. Warner's legacy of excellence and innovation has persisted and the department remains a leader in informatics research, training, and implementation.

Dr. Warner died, at age 90, on November 30, 2012 after a brief illness.


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