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December 9, 2019

Regenstrief scientist and emergency physician presents at Mayo Clinic

Dr. JT Finnell at Mayo Clinic

Regenstrief Institute Researcher and Eskenazi Health Emergency Physician John T. (JT) Finnell, M.D., MSc, spoke at two different grand rounds at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Dr. Finnell’s research focuses on optimizing emergency care through the application of biomedical informatics principals. He is also on the board of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

His first grand rounds presentation to the informatics program at Mayo Clinic focused on the evolution of informatics and decision support. He spoke about the advances in the field and the new strategies to provide clinicians with the necessary information to inform care decisions. He also addressed the challenges decision support tools can bring.

“Decision support tools help clinicians to be more efficient and provide better care,” said Dr. Finnell.  “The tools have evolved substantially, but we must continue the effort to find solutions that maximize the available information and lessen the cognitive load on the provider.”

Dr. Finnell also gave a presentation to the emergency medicine program on treating environmental emergencies. Those include conditions such as frostbite, hypothermia and altitude sickness.

Dr. Finnell works to educate the next generation of providers and informatics experts. He is the director of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Regenstrief. This two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program trains clinicians from all specialties in applied informatics, preparing them to become chief medical informatics officers or assume other leadership roles.

He is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Finnell won the Physician Mentor of the Year award, which is the highest mentor award presented by the IU School of Medicine.

About Regenstrief Institute

Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. The Regenstrief Institute, a key research partner to Indiana University, and its researchers are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.

Regenstrief Institute is celebrating 50 years of healthcare innovation. Sam Regenstrief, a successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.

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