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Scott P. Narus, Ph.D., M.S.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Associate Professor (Clinical), Nursing - Adjunct Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Electronic Health Record Systems
  • Health Information Exchange Networks
  • Health Information Technology
  • Federated Biomedical Query Systems

Dr. Scott P. Narus earned his PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah and his MS in Electrical/Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing. Dr. Narus served as a Medical Informatics Director for Intermountain Healthcare and as the chief clinical systems architect for Intermountain from 2012 to 2021. He also led architectural development for the Health Services Platform Consortium, a healthcare provider and industry partnership seeking to promote organizational and system interoperability through open, standards-based services.

His areas of expertise include the following: systems design and architecture; designing tools for creating point-of-care clinical data entry and review applications; object-oriented design methods for biomedical information systems, particularly focusing on modular applications and function reusability; incorporating guidelines into the clinical documentation process in order to implement best practices and decrease data entry requirements; providing links to clinically relevant information based on specific knowledge about a patient; biomedical data modeling and terminology; consumer health informatics; and improving Health Information Exchange and system interoperability.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Narus was a full-time member of the BMI faculty. He directed the FURTHeR project, which is part of the informatics infrastructure for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah. In 2009, he was awarded a National Institute of Health Grant to develop a statewide Master Person Index, working with Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Health Information Network.

Dr. Narus was a senior medical informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare from 1994 to 2006. Prior to that he worked as a research assistant in the Anesthesiology Bioengineering Lab at the University of Utah during his PhD program. He is a member of the the American Medical Informatics Association.

“Making an impact on the quality of life for individuals and the community motivates me tremendously. I found that I could apply my knowledge and skills in computer science and engineering to the biomedical field to have a real and significant effect on patient health and the delivery of care. Biomedical Informatics opens up a wide variety of possibilities for addressing clinical, public health, and biomedical research. Because of the dynamic nature of both information technology and medicine, the field also satisfies my interest in continuous learning.”

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Education History

Doctoral Training University of Utah
Medical Informatics
Graduate Training University of Arizona
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Undergraduate University of Notre Dame
Electrical/Computer Engineering