Career Summary

Dr. Scott P. Narus earned his PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah and his MS in Electrical/Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing. Dr. Narus is currently a Medical Informatics Director for Intermountain Healthcare and serves as the chief clinical systems architect for Intermountain. He also leads architectural development for the Health Services Platform Consortium, a healthcare provider and industry partnership seeking to promote organizational and system interoperability through open, standards-based services.

His areas of expertise include the following: systems design and architecture; designing tools for creating point-of-care clinical data entry and review applications; object-oriented design methods for biomedical information systems, particularly focusing on modular applications and function reusability; incorporating guidelines into the clinical documentation process in order to implement best practices and decrease data entry requirements; providing links to clinically relevant information based on specific knowledge about a patient; biomedical data modeling and terminology; consumer health informatics; and improving Health Information Exchange and system interoperability.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Narus was a full-time member of the BMI faculty. He directed the FURTHeR project, which is part of the informatics infrastructure for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah. In 2009, he was awarded a National Institute of Health Grant to develop a statewide Master Person Index, working with Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Health Information Network.

Dr. Narus was a senior medical informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare from 1994 to 2006. Prior to that he worked as a research assistant in the Anesthesiology Bioengineering Lab at the University of Utah during his PhD program. He is a member of the the American Medical Informatics Association.

Areas of Focus

  • Systems Architecture
  • HIT Implementation Evaluation
  • Knowledge Management
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Health Information Exchange

Significance to Patient Care

The design of health information systems is critical to how they may be used in patient care. By creating open, modular systems, and studying their direct impact on clinician and patient outcomes, we can ensure that information is delivered in a way that optimizes how clinicians and patients can use that information to improve healthcare delivery and overall health. We can also ensure that up-to-date, evidence-based information if available at the right time to the right person. If we build systems using open methods, we can also ensure that other healthcare organizations can benefit from our work and deliver high quality, more affordable care.

Selected Bibliography

Journal Articles

Health Information Technology Adoption: Understanding Research Protocols and Outcome Measurements for IT Interventions in Health Care. Colicchio TK, Facelli JC, Fiol GD, Scammon DL, Bowes WA 3rd, Narus SP (2016). J Biomed Inform, Oct;63:33-44 (Epub ahead of print).

Building an Ontology for Identity Resolution in Healthcare and Public Health.Duncan J, Eilbeck K, Narus SP, Clyde S, Thornton S, Staes C (2015). Building an Ontology for Identity Resolution in Healthcare and Public Health. Online J Public Health Inform, 7(2), e219.

A domain analysis model for eIRB systems: addressing the weak link in clinical research informatics.He S, Narus SP, Facelli JC, Lau LM, Botkin JR, Hurdle JF (2014). A domain analysis model for eIRB systems: addressing the weak link in clinical research informatics. J Biomed Inform, 52, 121-9.

Improving access to longitudinal patient health information within an emergency department.Wilcox AB, Shen S, Dorr DA, Hripcsak G, Heermann L, Narus SP (2012). Improving access to longitudinal patient health information within an emergency department. Appl Clin Inform, 3(3), 290-300.

Livne OE, Schultz ND, Narus SP (2011). Federated Querying Architecture with Clinical & Translational Health IT Application. J Med Syst.

Olola CHO, Narus S, Nebeker J, Poynton M, Hales J, Rowan B, LeSieur H, Zumbrennen C, Edwards AA, Crawford R, Amundsen S, Kabir Y, Atkin J, Newberry C, Young J, Hanifi T, Risenmay B, Sorensen T, Evans RS (2011). The perception of medical professionals and medical students on the usefulness of an emergency medical card and a continuity of care report in enhancing continuity of care. Int J Med Inf, 80(6), 412-420.

Evaluation of a flowchart-based EHR query system: a case study of RetroGuide.Huser V, Narus SP, Rocha RA (2010). Evaluation of a flowchart-based EHR query system: a case study of RetroGuide. J Biomed Inform, 43(1), 41-50.

Patient-level analysis of outcomes using structured labor and delivery data.Hall ES, Poynton MR, Narus SP, Jones SS, Evans RS, Varner MW, Thornton SN (2009). Patient-level analysis of outcomes using structured labor and delivery data. J Biomed Inform, 42(4), 702-9.

Effectiveness of topic-specific infobuttons: a randomized controlled trial.Del Fiol G, Haug PJ, Cimino JJ, Narus SP, Norlin C, Mitchell JA (2008). Effectiveness of topic-specific infobuttons: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 15(6), 752-9.

Book Chapters

Narus SP (2013). Technical Infrastructure to Support Healthcare. In Staggers N, Nelson R (Eds.), Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach (1, pp. 197-210). Elsevier.

Wilcox AB, Narus SP, Vawdry DK (2013). Software Engineering for Health Care and Biomedicine. In Shortliffe EH, Cimino JJ (Eds.), Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (4th Edition, pp. 185-210). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Meystre SM, Narus SP, Mitchell JA (2012). Clinical Research in the Post-Genomic Era. In Richesson RL, Andrews JE (Eds.), Clinical Research Informatics (1st Edition, pp. 113-131). New York-London: Springer.

Conference Proceedings

Problem management module: an innovative system to improve problem list workflow.Hodge CM, Kuttler KG, Bowes WA 3rd, Narus SP (2014). Problem management module: an innovative system to improve problem list workflow. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2014, 661-70.

Federating Clinical Data from Six Pediatric Hospitals: Process and Initial Results from the PHIS+ Consortium.Narus SP, Srivastava R, Gouripeddi R, Livne OE, Mo P, Bickel JP, de Regt D, Hales JW, Kirkendall E, Stepanek RL, Toth J, Keren R (2011). Federating Clinical Data from Six Pediatric Hospitals: Process and Initial Results from the PHIS+ Consortium. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, United States, 2011, 994-1003.

Matney SA, Bradshaw RL, Livne OE, Bray BE, Mitchell JA, Narus SP (2011). Developing a Semantic Framework for Clinical and Translational Research. 2011 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics, San Francisco, 32-36.

Integrating a Federated Healthcare Data Query Platform With Electronic IRB Information Systems.He S, Hurdle JF, Botkin JR, Narus SP (2010). Integrating a Federated Healthcare Data Query Platform With Electronic IRB Information Systems. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, United States, 2010, 291-5.

Architecture of a federated query engine for heterogeneous resources.Bradshaw RL, Matney S, Livne OE, Bray BE, Mitchell JA, Narus SP (2009). Architecture of a federated query engine for heterogeneous resources. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, United States, 2009, 70-4.