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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 & 30+ 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. He is the Past Board Chair of AMIA.


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, Lehmann CU, Zatzick AK.  The voice of the patient and the electronic health record.  Appl Clin Inform 2023;14:254–257. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-1767685. Epub 2023 Mar 29. PMID: 36990457

Payne TH, Alonso WD, Markiel JA, Lybarger K, Lordon R, Yetisgen M, Zech JM, White AA.  Using voice to create inpatient progress notes: Effects on note timeliness, quality, and physician satisfaction.  JAMIA Open, ooy036,  Published: 12 September 2018

Payne TH. EHR-related alert fatigue: minimal progress to date, but much more can be done.  BMJ Qual Saf Published Online First: 08 October 2018. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007737