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Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care
Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat., is the Vice President for Medical Research and Continuing Medical Education and Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Health Care, Inc., which is widely recognized for its work in clinical quality improvement and electronic clinical decision support systems. He received his M.D. in 1978 and his M.Stat. in Biostatistics in 1984 from the University of Utah. He currently holds Adjunct Professorships in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Department of Medical Informatics. He is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Tulane University. He also sits on the boards of several not-for-profit health care institutions with missions directed at measuring and improving the quality and availability of health care services. Dr. James was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s National Roundtable on Health Care Quality and the Quality of Health Care in America Committee.
Kevin B. Johnson, M.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Biomedical Informatics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical School. He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his M.S. in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. He served as a Pediatric Chief Resident at Johns Hopkins. He was a member of the faculty in both Pediatrics and Biomedical Information Sciences at Johns Hopkins until 2002. He is a practicing, board-certified physician in Pediatrics. His research areas are clinical information systems development; the uses of advanced computer technologies, including the World Wide Web, personal digital assistants, and pen-based computers in medicine; and the development of computer-based documentation systems for the point of care. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications and has served on several editorial boards, including the journal of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association and the Journal of American Informatics Association (JAMIA), for which he is an Assistant Editor. He recently was appointed as the Director of JAMIA’s Student Editorial Board. He has been an active participant in the informatics efforts of many national organizations, including the American Medical Informatics Association; the American Board of Pediatrics; the Medical Informatics Special Interest Group of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, which he chairs; the American Academy of Pediatrics National Electronic Medical