Robert E. Murphy, MD

Associate Dean for Applied Informatics and Associate Professor

Robert Murphy, MD, joined the full time faculty of the School of Biomedical Informatics in 2015 after serving as adjunct faculty since 2005 when he was named Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. At Memorial Hermann, Dr. Murphy provided system-wide leadership on clinical information system projects, including computerized physician order entry, clinical decision support, and quality informatics. He has published and lectured widely on physician adoption and change management, development of evidence-based content for electronic health records and using information technology to improve patient safety and quality.

Dr. Murphy was named by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as one of the nation’s Top 25 Clinical Informaticists. His project for “CDS Good Catches”, which prevented over 7,000 medical errors over a 1-year period, was awarded the Breakthrough of the Year in Quality at Memorial Hermann in 2010.

During his tenure, Memorial Hermann received the 2012 Eisenberg Award and the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Award from the National Quality Forum. All nine acute-care Memorial Hermann hospitals reached Stage 6 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model by 2013.

Dr. Murphy is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Medical Directors of Information Systems and the Health Information and Management Systems Society. He was board certified in Emergency Medicine through 2013, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine after finishing his undergraduate work with a B.A. in History at Rice University in Houston.

He and his wife, Cindy Zinner, MD, completed a cross country bicycle journey in 1996.

Contact

Robert.Murphy@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713.500.3918
Fax: 713.500.3929

Staff Support

Felicia Davis
Phone: 713.500.3667

Education

  • MD, 1985-90, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • BA, 1982-85, History, Rice University
  • 1981-82, Tulane University

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical decision support
  • Physician health IT adoption
  • Clinical system implementations
  • Quality and patient safety

Publications

Referenced Original Articles in Journals

1. Selvan MS, Sittig DF, Thomas EJ, Arnold C, Murphy RE, Shabot MM. Improving erythropoietin stimulating agent administration in a multi hospital system through quality improvement initiatives: A pre-post comparison study. Journal of Patient Safety: 2011 Sep;7(3):127-32.

2. Refuerzo JS, Straub H, Murphy R, Salter L, Ramen SM, Blackwell SC. Computerized physician order entry reduces medication turnaround time of labor induction agents. American Journal of Perinatology. 2011;28:253-258.

Book Chapters

1. Murphy, RE. "First Day. In Young RK (Ed.) A Piece of My Mind: A New Collection of Essays from JAMA"-The Journal of the American Medical Association, pp. 3-5 American Medical Association Press: Chicago (2000).

Published Narrative Essays

1. Murphy RE. First Day. JAMA. 1989:261(10):1509.

2. Murphy RE. First Day. JAMA-Japan Edition. 1989(6):33-34.

3. Murphy RE. First Day. JAMA-India Edition. 1989:5(4):426.

Contributor

1. Osheroff JA, Improving Medication Use and Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: A Step-by-Step Guide. Chicago: Healthcare Information and Management Society: 2009.

Reviewer

1. Osheroff JA, Pifer EA, Teich JM, Sittig DF, Jenders RA. Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide, Chicago: Healthcare Information and Management Society, 2005.

Posters and Abstracts

1. Selvan M, Peymann P, Malhotra C, Flowers P, Shabot MM, Murphy RE. Impact of clinical decision support system on warfarin management. 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference; Houston, TX, December 2, 2009

2. Selvan M, Peymann P, Sirajuddin AM, Brown DR, Court C, Murphy RE, Shabot MM. Do synchronous Warfarin/INR Alerts change the behavior of users to reduce the number of patients with high INR receiving Warfarin as well as reduce the overall number of Warfarin/INR alerts? 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference; Houston, TX, December 2, 2009.

3. Selvan M, Sittig DF, Arnold C, Thomas EJ, Murphy RE, Shabot MM. Variation between initial response and final clinical action taken for warfarin/INR alerts. 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference; Houston, TX, December 2, 2009

4. Selvan M, Sittig DF, Thomas EJ, Molony D, Shabot MM, Murphy RE. Pre-post analysis of clinical and cost outcomes among patients received warfarin following an INR =3.5. 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference; Houston, TX, December 2, 2009

5. Selvan M, Sittig DF, Thomas EJ, Murphy RE, Shabot MM, Arnold C. Utilization of Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents, Clinical and Cost Outcomes in a Community Hospital System Following Food and Drug Administration Warning and Institutional Quality Improvement Initiatives. 34th Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association, Washington, DC, November 15, 2010.

6. Holzmann-Pazgal G, Selvan M, Sirajuddin A, Monney C, Murphy RE. Utilizing Information Systems to Decrease Occupational Exposure to H1N1 Influenza. 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Dallas TX, April 2, 2011.