Joint appointment with the McGovern Medical School
Peter Killoran, MS, MD, holds a dual faculty appointment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), serving as an associate professor of biomedical informatics at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and an assistant professor of anesthesiology at McGovern Medical School. Killoran also serves as the Director of Medical Informatics for the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) Campus. At SBMI, Killoran works to improve health care quality and safety through Health IT and biomedical informatics with the goal of achieving a positive impact on clinical decision making and ultimately, patient outcomes.
With his joint appointment, Killoran utilizes his skills as a clinician-informatician. He has implemented several protocols at other institutions that merge these two roles. As an active member of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Informatics Committee, he championed the adoption of an electronic anesthesia information management system across the entire Memorial Hermann Hospital System. Additionally, he is on the eDocumentation Editorial Committee, which has been charged with the task of transitioning all clinical documentation from paper to an electronic format. Killoran believes that there is a tremendous need and opportunity for informatics expertise and data-driven techniques to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
“In general, my research interests revolve around the impact of HIT on clinical decision making and ultimately on patient outcome,” said Killoran. “I have a long standing interest in visualization—going back to my work as a graduate student in Geography—and I think integration of visualization techniques into EMRs is critical to improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of these systems. I plan to continue my current work on development and evaluation of innovative ways to present clinical information and measure their impact on decision making.”
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