Thomas Payne, MD

Professor, Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Adjunct Professor, Health Services



The use of the electronic health records in patient care, clinical research, and quality improvement
Notes in electronic records, methods to create them and their content


Medicine & 29 years medical informatics. Dr. Payne is the Medical Director, Information Technology Services, UW Medicine. Under his leadership VA Puget Sound received a 2000 Nicholas E. Davies CPR Recognition Award of Excellence. Serves as AMIA Board Chair.


Use and evaluation of computer-based medical records in patient care clinical research, and quality improvement with current focus on electronic documentation, computerized practitioner order entry, and natural language processing

Representative publications:

  • Payne TH. The electronic health record as a catalyst for quality improvement in patient care. Heart. 2016 Aug 8.
  • Payne TH, Corley S, Cullen TA, et al. Report of the AMIA EHR-2020 Task Force on the status and future direction of EHRs. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Sep;22(5):1102–10.
  • Payne TH. Electronic health records and patient safety: Should we be discouraged? BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Apr;24(4):239–40.
  • Payne TH, Bates DW, Berner ES, et al. Healthcare information technology and economics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA. 2013 Mar–Apr;20(2):212–7.
  • Payne TH, Detmer DE, Wyatt JC, Buchan IE. National-scale clinical information exchange in the United Kingdom: Lessons for the United States. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA. 2011 18(1):91–8.