Dean Sittig, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Health Information Sciences The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Member, University of Texas, Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety
Dr. Sittig was awarded a masters degree in biomedical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and a PhD in medical informatics from the University of Utah in 1988. In 1992 he was elected as a Fellow in The American College of Medical Informatics.
Dr. Sittig’s research interests center on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of clinical information systems. In addition to Dr. Sittig’s work on measuring the impact of clinical information systems on a large scale, he is working to improve our understanding of both the factors that lead to success, as well as, the unintended consequences associated with computer-based clinical decision support and provider order entry systems. Towards this end, he is a co-founder of The IMPROVE-IT Institute (www.improve-it-institute.org) (IMPROVE-IT = Indices measuring performance relating outcomes, value, and expenditures). The goal of IMPROVE-IT is to develop a world-wide consortium of organizations interested in learning about and improving the processes surrounding the implementation and use of all aspects of clinical information systems.
He is the lead investigator of the Knowledge Management Lifecycle Assessment (KMLA) and Recommendations teams within the AHRQ Clinical Decision Support Consortium.
He just finished co-authoring an award-winning book on clinical decision support entitled, “Improving Outcomes – A Practical Guide to Clinical Decision Support Implementation”.
Finally, he is the founding editor of both The Informatics Review (www.informatics-review.com), an on-line serial devoted to helping clinicians and information system professionals keep up to date with the field of clinical informatics, and The ClinfoWiki (www.clinfowiki.org), an interactive, collaborative on-line clinical informatics reference resource.