1812-Finnell, John

John Finnell, MD, MS

Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

FT FOB 300
Indianapolis, IN
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JT is the chief medical information officer for emergency medicine at Eskenazi Health and chief architect for several emergency departments (ED) clinical information systems; a senior research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and professor of clinical emergency medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was recently selected as a fellow into the ACMI. ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

He has spent the last several years developing and implementing clinical systems and evaluating their value. Working with Dr. Clement McDonald, one of the pioneers of medical informatics, he has studied the electronic patient record (called the Indiana Network for Patient Care) containing data from many sources including laboratories, pharmacies, and hospitals in central Indiana. The system currently connects nearly all acute care hospitals in central Indiana and includes inpatient and outpatient encounter data, laboratory results, immunization data, and other selected data.

JT received his BS in Biology and MD from the University of Vermont. He was a chief resident in emergency medicine at the University of San Francisco-Fresno, and later completed a master’s degree in clinical research, and medical informatics fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

JT is also active nationally as an Oral Board Examiner, Item Writer, Case Developer, and Senior Case Reviewer for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).  JT is also a member of the board of directors for Indiana ACEP, as well as a board member for national ACEP.

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Fellowship Director, Clinical Informatics
  • Education
    2004 MS Indiana University
    1995 RES Residency, Emergency Medicine, UCSF - Fresno
    1991 MD University of Vermont
    1987 BS University of Vermont
  • Research

    Clinical Informatics

    Operational Research

  • Professional Organizations
    American College of Emergency Physicians
    American Medical Informatics Association
    Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Preventive Medicine - Clinical Informatics
    American Board of Emergency Medicine - Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interests

    Substance Abuse


  • Awards
    Org: International Society for Disease Surveillance
    Desc: Outstanding Research Article in Biosurveillance
    Scope: International
    Date: 2012-01-01
    Org: American Medical Informatics Association
    Desc: Best Paper Award
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-01-01
    Org: The Computer World Honors Program
    Desc: 21st Century Achievement Award
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-01-01

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