|Robert A. Greenes, MD, PhD
Evolution and Revolution in Knowledge-Driven Health IT: A 50-Year Perspective and a Look Ahead
Dr. Greenes joined Arizona State University (ASU) as Ira A. Fulton Chair and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, in 2007, in which position he served until the June 2013, at which point he was on sabbatical for a year, and has returned to the faculty. He is also Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Greenes’ main interests are in clinical informatics, particularly clinical decision support, health care quality improvement, and application usability/interoperability to optimize care processes. He directs the AppWorks initiative at ASU, which provides a platform and sandbox for development of health care apps that interoperate with electronic health record systems. He is also working with colleagues on a companion platform called mWorks, that facilitates the development of patient-facing mobile health apps that also communicate with providers and integrate data and decision support. Dr. Greenes was one of the original developers of the MUMPS language and system widely used in health care. He is the author/editor of the book, Clinical Decision Support (2nd Edition): The Road to Broad Adoption, published by Elsevier in May, 2014. Before his move to Arizona, Dr. Greenes was founder and director of the Decision Systems Group, a Harvard-based biomedical informatics laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For over 20 years, he was the Program Director of the National Library of Medicine-supported Boston Research Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. He was Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Informatics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Radiology, Health Sciences and Technology, and Health Policy and Management at Harvard. With an M.D. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics/computer science from Harvard, he is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Radiology, and the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine. He was the 2008 recipient of the Morris F. Collen Award for contributions that have made a lasting impact on the field of biomedical informatics, from the American College of Medical Informatics. The Robert A. Greenes Directorship in Biomedical Informatics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital continues to bear his name.