Career Summary

Scott Evans, PhD, is Director of Medical Informatics at Intermountain Healthcare and is also Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Evans' experience and interests include the design, development, implementation and evaluation of computerized decision support tools to improve patient care through the selection and management of appropriate antimicrobial agents, computer methods to identify and reduce adverse drug events, adverse medical device events, and venous thrombolytic events, computerized methods to identify patients needing isolation, with obstructive sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ECG critical events, heart failure and computerized methods to identify and reduce hospital-acquired infections and report notifiable diseases.

He is the recipient of many awards in the medical informatics field, including the Priscilla M. Mayden Award in 1993 for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Medical Informatics, the Oslers Cloak Award for Excellence in Caring and Curing at Intermountain Healthcare in 1997,  the Investigator of the Year Award from Intermountain Healthcare in 2011, and the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

An author of over 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters published in the medical informatics and clinical domains, Dr. Evans is also the recipient of the Best Paper on an Application Award from the Computer Applications in Medical Care Annual Symposium in 1992 and the Distinguished Poster Award at the AMIA Annual Meeting in 2005.

Dr. Evans earned a BS degree in Zoology in 1974 and a MS degree in Microbiology/Parasitology in 1976 from Brigham Young University and his PhD in Medical Biophysics in 1984 from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a member of AMIA, a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics, on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, a former committee member of the Identification and Prevention of Medication Errors Committee of the Institute of Medicine, a previous member of the AMIA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and was the chair of the 2011 AMIA Annual Symposium. 

Areas of Focus

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Venous Thromboembolism prevention and treatment
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Identification and improved care for patients with OSA, COPD , asthma, and strokes
  • Use of NLP for clinical decision support
  • Prevention of hospital-acquired infections
  • Reduction in medical device associated patient harm
  • Programming in TAL, PAL, Java, SQL, C

Significance to Patient Care

Dr. Evans works with a very innovative five-member team that currently has over 65 clinical decision applications that run each day to provide clinicians with the information they need and when they need it to help prevent patient harm and improve patient care. Most of these applications have been formally evaluated and the results published in medical informatics and clinical peer reviewed journals.

Selected Bibliography

Evans RS, Larsen RA, Burke JP, Gardner RM, Meier FA, Jacobson JA, Conti MT, Jacobson JT, Hulse JK. Computer surveillance of hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic use. JAMA 1986;256:1007-1011.

Evans RS.  The HELP system:  a review of clinical applications in infectious diseases and antibiotic use. MD Comput 1991;8:282-288.

Classen DC, Evans RS, Pestotnik SL, Burke JP.  Practice variations in surgical prophylactic antibiotic use and the occurrence of postoperative wound infections.  N Engl J Med 1992;326:281-286.

Evans RS, Burke JP, Classen DC, Gardner RM, Menlove RL, Goodrich KM, Stevens LE, Pestotnik SL. Computerized identification of hospital-acquired infections and high-risk patients. Am J Infect Control 1992;20:4-10.

Evans RS, Pestotnik SP, Classen DC, Burke JP.  The development of an automated antibiotic consultant.  MD Comput 1993;10:17-22.

Evans RS, Pestotnik SP, Classen DC, Horn SD, Bass SB, Burke JP.  Preventing adverse drug events in hospitalized patients.  Ann Pharmacother 1994;28:523-527.

Evans RS, Pestotnik SP, Classen DC, Lundsgaarde HP, Burke JP.  Improving empiric antibiotic selection using computer decision support.  Arch Intern Med 1994;154:878-884.

Evans RS, Classen DC, Pestotnik SL, Clemmer TP, Weaver LK, Burke JP. A decision support tool for antibiotic therapy. Proceedings from the Nineteeth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care. pp 651-655, 1995.

Classen DC, Pestotnik SL, Evans RS, Lloyd JF, Burke JP. Adverse drug events in hospitalized patients:excess length of stay, extra costs and attributable mortality.  JAMA 1997;277:301-306.

Evans RS, Pestotnik SL, Classen DC, Clemmer TP, Weaver LK, Orme JF, Lloyd JF, Burke JP.  A computer assisted management program for antibiotics and other antiinfective agents. N Engl J Med 1998;338:232-8.

Evans RS, Pestotnik SL, Classen DC, Leavitt BR, Burke JP. Evaluation of an antibiotic drug-dose monitor. Ann Pharmacother 1999;33:1026-31.

Mullett CJ, Evans RS, Christenson JC, Dean JM. The development and impact of a pediatric antiinfective decision support tool. Pediatrics 2001;108:1-7.

Samore M, Evans RS, Lassen A, Gould P, Lloyd JF, Fardner RM, Abouselof R, Taylor C, Woodbury D, Willy M Bright R. Surveillance of medical device-related hazards and adverse events in hospitalized patients. JAMA 2004;191:325-333.

Evans RS, Lloyd JF, Abouzelof RH, Taylor CW. System-wide surveillance for clinical encounters by patients previously identified with MRSA and VRE. pp. 212-216 MEDINFO 2004.

Evans RS, Lloyd JF, Stoddard GJ, Nebeker, JR, Samore MH. Risk Factors for Adverse Drug Events: A 10 year analysis.  Ann Pharmacother 2005;39:1161-8.

Evans RS, Johnson KV, Flint VB, Kinder AT, Lyon CR, Hawley WL, Vawdrey DK, Thomsen GE. Enhanced Notification of Critical Ventilator Events. J Am Med Assoc  2005;12:589-95.

Evans RS, Medical Decision Making: The LDS Hospital Experience. In: Greenes, RA, ed. Medical Decision Making.. Washington DC: Elsevier, 2006.

Evans RS, Linford LH, Sharp JH, White G, Lloyd JF, Weaver LK. Computer Identification of Symptomatic Deep Venous Thrombosis Associated with Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007;236-30.

Evans RS, Wallace CJ, Lloyd JF, Taylor CW, Abouselof RH, Sumner S, Johnson KV, Wurthrich A, Harbarth S, Samore MH. Rapid identification of hospitalized patients at high risk for MRSA carriage. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2008;15:506-12.

Evans RS, Sharp JH, Linford LH, Lloyd JF, Tripp JS, Jones JP, Woller SC, Stevens SM, Elliott CG, Weaver LK. Risk of Symptomatic Deep Venous Thrombosis Associated with Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters. CHEST 2010 Oct;138(4):803-10.

Evans RS, Carlson R, Johnson KV, Palmer, Lloyd JF. Enhanced Notification of Infusion Pump Programming Errors. Stud Health Technol Inform 2010;160(Pt 1):734-8.

Evans RS, Lloyd JF, Aston VT, Woller SC, Tripp JS, Elliott CG, Stevens SM. Computer surveillance of patients at high risk for and with venous thromboembolism.  AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2010 Nov.13:217-21.

Evans RS, Sharp JH, Linford LH, Lloyd JF, Woller SC, Stevens SM, Elliott CG, Tripp  JS, Jones SS, Weaver LK. Reduction of peripherally inserted central catheter associated deep venous thrombosis. CHEST 2013 Mar;143(3):627-33. [Epub ahead of print]

Evans RS, Medical Decision Making: The Intermountain Healthcare  Experience. In: Greenes, RA, ed. Medical Decision Making; Second Edition. Washington DC: Elsevier, 2014.

Evans RS, Kuttler KG, Simpson KJ, Howe, S, Crossno PF,  Johnson KV, Schreiner MN, Lloyd JF, Tettlebach WH, Keddington RK, Tanner A, Wilde C, Clemmer TP. Automated detection of physiologic deterioration in hospitalized patients. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Mar;22(2):350-60. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002816. Epub 2014 Aug 27.

Evans RS, Olson JA, Stenehjem E, Buckel W, Thorell EA, Howe S, Wu Xinzi, Lloyd JF. Use of Computer Decision Support in an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP).  Appl Clin Inform 2015; 6:120-135.

Evans RS, Lloyd JF, Johnson KV, Howe, S, Tripp JS. Use of a Proven Framework for Computer Decision Support within the Intermountain Healthcare Network.  Stud Health Technol Inform 2015;216:270-4.

Evans RS, Benuzillo J, Horne BD, Lloyd JF, Bradshaw A, Budge D, Rasmusson KD, Roberts C, Buckway J, Geer N, Garrett T, Lappé DL.  Automated Identification and Predictive Tools to Help Identify High-risk Heart Failure Patients: Pilot Evaluation. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2016 Feb 17. pii: ocv197. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv197. [Epub ahead of print]

Evans RS. Electronic Health Records: Then, Now and the Future. 2016 International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook; requested paper. Yearb Med Inform. 2016 May 20;25 (Suppl. 1).