November 18, 2019

Regenstrief Institute names inaugural VP for data and analytics

Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., an internationally recognized expert in informatics, data analytics, and biosurveillance, has been named the Regenstrief Institute’s first vice president for data and analytics. Dr. Grannis most recently served as the director of the Regenstrief Institute’s Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics.

In this new role, Dr. Grannis will serve as part of the institute’s senior leadership team and provide vision, strategic direction and oversight for activities related to data and analytics. Specifically, he will:

  • Lead the organization’s strategy in data and analytics research and development;
  • Identify and guide the development of strategic infrastructure, capabilities and personnel to further strengthen the institute’s leadership position in the data science and analytics community; and
  • Guide and advance data-driven innovation through collaborations with key data partners, including the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Dr. Grannis, who was recently promoted to professor of family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, joined Regenstrief in 2001 as a National Library of Medicine sponsored medical informatics fellow. He was named CBMI’s associate director in 2015 and was appointed director in 2017. He holds the Regenstrief Chair in Medical Informatics at IU School of Medicine.

“Regenstrief has a long and storied history as an international leader in the field of informatics, and Dr. Grannis has played a significant role as a leading expert in this pioneering discipline,” said Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., president and chief executive officer of Regenstrief Institute. “Dr. Grannis’ research in informatics has had a global impact on improving the quality and delivery of healthcare. In his new role, Dr. Grannis will continue to advance the institute’s data and analytics leadership and expertise that will be critical to shaping the future of health and healthcare.”

Dr. Grannis’ research focuses on improving discovery and decision support in multiple contexts. He has extensive achievements in medical informatics addressing public and global health, as well as patient record linkage, machine learning and predictive modeling. He collaborates with national and international stakeholders to improve technical infrastructure and data-sharing capabilities.

Dr. Grannis directed the design, implementation and early operation of Indiana’s Public Health Emergency Surveillance System, one of the first statewide biosurveillance systems in the country. The system receives data from hospitals across the state to monitor disease outbreaks.

Over his career, he has developed and evaluated several patient-record-linkage techniques, which has led to more complete and accurate electronic health record data. His research has informed national and international healthcare technical policy. He also has been active in the OpenHIE communities in an effort to advance the health information sharing capabilities of underserved countries around the world.

“My goal is to help meaningfully improve the health of people and their communities using thoughtfully applied technologies,” said Dr. Grannis. “Through my work at the Regenstrief Institute and the IU School of Medicine, I have been able to access the unparalleled living informatics laboratories in Indiana that support a broad variety of research. I plan to continue to grow those resources and work to cultivate new collaborations and strengthen current partnerships in the fields of public and population health, health information exchange and data science.”

Dr. Grannis is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He holds an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received his medical degree from Michigan State University, served an NLM fellowship training in biomedical informatics, and has a master’s of science degree in clinical research from Indiana University.

Dr. Grannis is the fourth vice president to join the institute during the last year. Regenstrief also has hired vice presidents for faculty development, business development and research.

“The addition of these new leaders further strengthens Regenstrief’s position as we work to improve health and healthcare locally, nationally and globally,” said Dr. Embí. “Having leaders dedicated to key mission areas serves to further invigorate the institute and our researchers as we mark 50 years of innovation and look ahead to even greater achievements for the next half century.” Regenstrief is celebrating its 50th anniversary from July 1, 2019 to June 20, 2020.

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.

About Peter Embí, M.D., M.S.

In addition to his Regenstrief appointments as president and CEO, Dr. Embí is the Leonard Betley Professor of Medicine and associate dean for informatics and health services research at IU School of Medicine, associate director of informatics with Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and vice president for Learning Health Systems with Indiana University Health.

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