PhD, Medical Informatics Director,
Dr. Narus has over 30 years of experience in IT systems architecture and development. He has BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Medical Informatics. In the biomedical arena, his work spans development of front-end EMR applications, middle-ware services, interfaces, and back-end data storage environments. He has worked in clinical, public health, biomedical research, and consumer environments. He is currently a Medical Informatics Director at Intermountain Healthcare and an Associate Professor (Clinical) of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. Dr. Narus has experience in developing data collection and reporting applications. He also led the development of Intermountain’s consumer-facing patient portal, MyHealth, one of the earliest patient portals in the U.S. He has also worked with state public health organizations on data sharing processes with healthcare provider organizations. As the former director of the Informatics Core for the University of Utah’s CTSA grand-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Dr. Narus led the development of an innovative infrastructure for joining health, healthcare and biomedical research information from various organizations within Utah, including Intermountain Healthcare, UofU Health Sciences, SLC VA Medical Center and Utah Department of Health. Most recently, Dr. Narus has been participating in a national consortium of providers and EHR vendors to develop a standards-based, open services platform for providing semantic interoperability between EHR systems and healthcare provider organizations. The consortium is developing the common data models and terminology, services, architecture framework and governance policies to support the true semantic interoperability required by healthcare provider organizations. He is also a site PI on three federally funded grants with colleagues from the University of Utah to develop and evaluate interoperable applications and clinical decision support infrastructure using SMART, FHIR and OpenCDS.