Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, MHS

Research Interests

  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Knowledge Management
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Standards and Scalability

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-8076
  • Biomedical Informatics
    421 Wakara Way, Room: 140
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Kensaku Kawamoto is Associate Chief Medical Information Officer of University of Utah Health. He is also Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics in the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Kawamoto earned his B.A. in biochemical sciences from Harvard University, and he earned his M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a focus on biomedical informatics, and M.H.S. in clinical research from Duke University. At the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto chairs the Clinical Decision Support committee and is a leader of the University’s Interoperable Apps and Services (IAPPS) initiative, which is a multi-stakeholder effort to enable standards-based, interoperable applications and software services to improve health and health care. Dr. Kawamoto is also a co-solution architect of the Value Driven Outcomes (VDO) framework for analyzing and improving care value. Beyond the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto co-chairs the Clinical Decision Support Work Group of Health Level 7 International (HL7), the primary standards development organization in health IT. He has also served as Initiative Coordinator for the U.S. Health eDecisions and Clinical Quality Framework initiatives for developing and validating interoperability standards for clinical decision support and clinical quality measurement. Dr. Kawamoto founded and directs OpenCDS (http://www.opencds.org), which is a multi-institutional initiative to enable advanced, standards-based, and open-source clinical decision support at scale. Dr. Kawamoto is also a member of the U.S. Health IT Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria related to health information technology. In this capacity, he also co-chairs the federal Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force, whose charge is to recommend priority uses of health IT and the associated standards and implementation specifications.

“I believe one of the greatest challenges facing our nation is how to provide high-quality health care at a cost affordable by society. It is truly gratifying to work with talented colleagues from across the University and beyond to address this grand challenge of our times, with clinical informatics serving as a core enabler for the types of fundamental changes required to realize the vision of high-quality, high-value health care.”

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Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training Duke University Allied Health Graduate Program
Clinical Research
M.H.S.
Professional Medical Duke University School of Medicine
Medicine
M.D.
Doctoral Training Duke University Graduate School
Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D.
Undergraduate Harvard University
Biochemical Sciences
B.A.