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Vishnu Mohan M.D., M.B.I., F.A.C.P., F.A.M.I.A.

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    • Associate Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics School of Medicine
    • Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program School of Medicine

Dr. Mohan is a clinical informatician and primary faculty at DMICE. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association and the American College of Physicians, and a graduate of the certificate and MBI programs at DMICE. He is a clinician, an educator, a researcher, and an avid gamer (not necessarily in that order, as he is quick to point out). He is also a Qel. That's Klingon for physician, as any hard-core Trekkie can tell you.

"For a while, every time I entered a patient's room," Dr. Mohan says, "instead of my usual "how can I help you today?" I would start each visit with 'please state the nature of the medical emergency'. With the exception of a single medical student who was rotating with me at the time, no-one else got it. Alas."

Dr. Mohan studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College, the University of Delhi. After finishing med school, he then decided to pursue further training in the US; and boldly went where no Mohan had gone before – to Pittsburgh, PA, where he completed his residency in internal medicine, and started clinical practice.

He then moved to Portland to work at Legacy Health, where he was on the faculty of the internal medicine training program at Emanuel and Good Samaritan Medical Centers, precepted residents, and served as clerkship coordinator at Good Sam for medical students from OHSU and Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Mohan served as associate program director program director for medical informatics for the Legacy internal medicine training program before moving to OHSU. During that time he won multiple teaching awards, including the Dean L McGinty MD Faculty Teaching Award in 2006 and the Best Outpatient Faculty Award for 2010.

Dr. Mohan was involved in the design and implementation of a comprehensive electronic health record while at Legacy Health, and his interest in clinical informatics prompted his enrollment in the clinical informatics program at OHSU in 2006, where he earned a certificate and then a MBI in 2009. At the time, OHSU was awarded a large grant by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) that set up the infrastructure to create curricular materials that would be used by consortia of community colleges to build and deploy courses for entry level HIT workers to bolster the nation's clinical informatics workforce. DMICE Chair Bill Hersh MD convinced Dr. Mohan that this was a worthy challenge, and that "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" and so he became a full-time assistant professor in DMICE in 2010.  

While his primary appointment at OHSU is with the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, his secondary appointments are in General Internal Medicine and with the Division of Management.

Currently, Dr. Mohan teaches four courses in the biomedical informatics graduate program. In BMI 512, Clinical Information Systems, offered twice a year, he teaches both basic concepts and practical applications of clinical information systems, with emphasis on electronic health records. The related BMI 513 course is a hands-on electronic health record laboratory experience, which introduces students to an electronic health record and familiarizes them with the clinical informatics operating environment. Once a year Dr. Mohan teaches BMI 560: Design and Evaluation in Health Informatics, a required course for masters students that provides an overview of the concepts, vocabularies, and strategies needed to design and evaluate projects in biomedical informatics. And finally he co-teaches BMI 519, Business of Healthcare Informatics, which provides clinical informaticians with skills and knowledge in the area of business practices relating to healthcare IT.

Dr. Mohan also teaches in the OHSU-PSU Joint MBA in Healthcare Management program, where his course "Healthcare IT for Managers" is an informatics survey course designed to familiarize managers and future leaders in healthcare with IT-related concepts.

With respect to research, Dr. Mohan is interested in how clinicians make decisions, how they interact with technology, and how technology influences their decision-making. He is also passionate about improving patient safety, and actively pursues research interests that espouse the safe delivery of healthcare. "It's funny," he says, "when I was in residency I thought that the EHR would save healthcare and make it safer. As I have grown older and wiser, I have realized that the addition of extra layers of technology to fix the issues often caused by technology in the first place is probably not the best way to do things."

He was associated with Joan Ash's POET team at DMICE, and was involved, amongst other activities with the group, in developing the ONC-sponsored SAFER guides. He has also become increasingly interested in using high-fidelity simulation to improve the use and safety of electronic health records. With Jeffrey Gold MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the new state-of-the-art Simulation Center at OHSU, he uses eye-tracking hardware and software to examine clinician interactions with the EHR interface. "This is the first step in achieving our ultimate goal, which is to build a Voight-Kampff machine." he says, "Royalties from such a device will surely allow us to retire to the new life that awaits us in the off-world colonies - a chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure! And in the meantime, if our research helps make healthcare safer by reducing clinician-generated errors, why then that's good too."

Dr. Mohan also serves as the Director of the OHSU clinical informatics subspecialty fellowship program, which was one of the first GME programs in the specialty to be accredited by ACGME. "Throughout my professional career, I have always been a part of established medicine and graduate medical education," he says, "and yet now I find myself in a strangely unfamiliar place, at the Final Frontier of GME – clinical informatics is a brand new subspecialty, far away from the Voyage Home, where First Contact with other (equally new) clinical informatics GME programs is few and far between. The only thing that we are afraid of as we chart this Undiscovered Country is the Wrath of Khan ACGME. And the challenge associated with standing up a brand new fellowship and clinical discipline is a big reason why this new voyage is so very exciting and interesting."

In his spare time, Dr. Mohan likes to travel. Like any other observant high-level night elf druid, he first spends some time at Moonglade and hangs out with his Cenarion Circle buddies before heading out to explore more exotic locations in Azeroth.

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Areas of interest

  • Patient safety
  • Electronic health records
  • Informatics education
  • EHR simulations
  • Informatics workforce development
  • Certifications:

    • Board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics

Publications

  • Mohan V, Hersh WR. Development and evaluation of an electronic health record configuration and customization laboratory course for clinical informatics students. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:1122.

  • Mohan V, Abbott P, Acteson S, Berner ES, Devlin C, Hammond WE, Kukafka R, Hersh W. Design and evaluation of the ONC health information technology curriculum J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 May-Jun;21(3):509-16.

  • Gold JA, Tutsch AS, Gorsuch A, Mohan V. Integrating the Electronic Health Record into high-fidelity interprofessional intensive care unit simulations. J Interprof Care. 2015 Nov;29(6):562-3.

  • Mohan V, Scholl G, Gold JA. Intelligent Simulation Model To Facilitate EHR Training. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2015; 2015: 925–932.

  • Longhurst CA, Pageler NM, Palma JP, Finnell JT, Levy BP, Yackel TR, Mohan V, Hersh WR. Early experiences of accredited clinical informatics fellowships. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Jul;23(4):829-34.

  • Gold JA, Stephenson LE, Gorsuch A, Parthasarathy K, Mohan V. Feasibility of utilizing a commercial eye tracker to assess electronic health record use during patient simulation. Health Informatics J. 2016 Sep;22(3):744-57

  • Artis KA, Dyer E, Mohan V, Gold JA. Accuracy of Laboratory Data Communication on ICU Daily Rounds Using an Electronic Health Record. Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):179-186.

  • Mohan V, Woodcock D, McGrath K, Scholl G, Pranaat R, Doberne JW, Chase DA, Gold JA, Ash JS. Using Simulations to Improve Electronic Health Record Use, Clinician Training and Patient Safety: Recommendations From A Consensus Conference. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb 10;2016:904-913.

  • Mohan V, Scholl G, Gold JA. Use of EHR-based simulation to diagnose aetiology of information gathering issues in struggling learners: a proof of concept study. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. 2018 Apr 1;4(2):92-4.

  • Arthurs BJ, Mohan V, McGrath K, Scholl G, Gold JA. Impact of Passive Laboratory Alerts on Navigating Electronic Health Records in Intensive Care Simulations. SAGE Open. 2018 May;8(2):2158244018774388.

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