IU endows chair to honor health IT pioneer

Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are establishing an endowed chair to honor Clement McDonald, MD, a pioneer and innovator in the use of health information technology to improve patient care and outcomes.

Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, MBA, will be the first Clem McDonald Professor of Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. McDonald, distinguished professor emeritus and Regenstrief professor emeritus of medical informatics at the IU School of Medicine and former director of the Regenstrief Institute, is currently the director of the National Library of Medicine's Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications.

Dr. McDonald developed the Regenstrief Medical Record System and for decades directed its use in clinical studies of innovations in medical informatics; many were conducted at Wishard-Eskenazi Health, one of the largest public safety-net healthcare systems in the U.S. Building upon this work, Dr. McDonald created the Indiana Network for Patient Care.

Dr. McDonald is also an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of health data standards. He is the developer of Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, Codes, an identification system for tests and results that is a clinical data standard used worldwide.

As the Clem McDonald Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Schleyer will be responsible for furthering biomedical and health informatics research and training at the IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, including facilitating the development of the careers of junior faculty members and fellows.

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