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Now available: 2005 Interview with Homer R. Warner, Sr., founder of the HELP System and the Utah Medical Informatics Program

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Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD, was a cardiologist who pioneered many aspects of using computers to augment the practice of medicine, including clinical decision support tools. Homer R. Warner was born in 1922 at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and went on to create that hospital’s first cardiovascular
diagnostic laboratory in 1954. In 1964, Dr. Warner originally founded and became the first Chair of the Biophysics and Bioengineering department in the College of Engineering, which was renamed and relocated to the School of Medicine in 1972. In 1985, it became the first “medical informatics” department in the United States. In 2006, the department was renamed Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Warner and his colleagues developed the HELP (Health Education through Logical Processing) system, which is still in use today at Intermountain Healthcare.

Among a wealth of stories and reminiscences, Dr. Warner recalled that the HELP System "was a system that for the first time, incorporated decision logic into the database, so you had a knowledge base as well as a database."

In 2005, Dean F. Sittig interviewed Dr. Warner. We are honored to publish an illustrated version of that interview, available from: http://lhncbc.nlm.nih.gov/project/medical-informatics-pioneers