Dr. Kensaku Kawamoto is Associate Chief Medical Information Officer of University of Utah Health. He is also Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics in the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Kawamoto earned his B.A. in biochemical sciences from Harvard University, and he earned his M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a focus on biomedical informatics, and M.H.S. in clinical research from Duke University.
At the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto chairs the Clinical Decision Support committee and is a leader of the University’s Interoperable Apps and Services (IAPPS) initiative, which is a multi-stakeholder effort to enable standards-based, interoperable applications and software services to improve health and health care. Dr. Kawamoto is also a co-solution architect of the Value Driven Outcomes (VDO) framework for analyzing and improving care value.
Beyond the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto co-chairs the Clinical Decision Support Work Group of Health Level 7 International (HL7), the primary standards development organization in health IT. He has also served as Initiative Coordinator for the U.S. Health eDecisions and Clinical Quality Framework initiatives for developing and validating interoperability standards for clinical decision support and clinical quality measurement. Dr. Kawamoto founded and directs OpenCDS (http://www.opencds.org), which is a multi-institutional initiative to enable advanced, standards-based, and open-source clinical decision support at scale.
Dr. Kawamoto is a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Control and Population Science Program, and he is a co-PI on an NCI U24 grant on population-based cancer risk identification and management, as well as PI on an AHRQ R18 grant on technology-facilitated shared decision making for lung cancer screening. Dr. Kawamoto is also a member of the U.S. Health IT Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria related to health information technology. In this capacity, he also co-chairs the federal Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force, whose charge is to recommend priority uses of health IT and the associated standards and implementation specifications.