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John T. Finnell, MD, MSC


  • Research Scientist, Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute
  • Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Regenstrief Institute
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. JT Finnell’s interests lie in the optimization of emergency care through the application of biomedical informatics principles.

In order to help curb narcotic prescribing, he worked with the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MITRE Corporation to connect Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (known as INSPECT) to the electronic health record. Upon registration into a participating INPC hospital, the institution’s electronic medical record system would be updated with a fresh INSPECT report. This report is then quantified — giving a score to the report which could be used as part of a clinical decision support system. This work was highlighted nationally and at the federal level as a prime example of how informatics can alter care and improve outcomes.

Dr. Finnell is currently Director of Regenstrief’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. 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.

“Health care is information rich – and providers need access to a complex data set while providing care for their patients.”