Thomas Payne, MD, FACMI

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 & 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, 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, 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