Building a 21st Century Learning Healthcare System


The healthcare informatics landscape is changing rapidly as the pandemic accelerated digital health trends like virtual care, remote patient monitoring, and artificial intelligence-enabled clinical decision support. In this presentation, Dr. Chris Longhurst, Chief Medical and Digital Officer at UC San Diego Health, will share how these tools can support the journey to a highly reliable learning health system.


Dr Christopher Longhurst is the chief medical officer (CMO) and chief digital officer (CDO) at UC San Diego Health. He is also an associate dean at the School of Medicine, overseeing and aligning education and research missions within the clinical environment. As CMO, Dr. Longhurst is responsible for maintaining excellence in clinical care, including regulatory, patient and clinician satisfaction, quality and safety, and medical affairs. He is passionate about implementing innovative digital solutions that help improve the patient experience. As the CDO, he leads UC San Diego Health’s technology strategy, overseeing initiatives that advance the infrastructure across UC San Diego and the UC Health system. In addition, Dr. Longhurst leads the clinical activities of the academic medical centre, working alongside clinical leaders to guide the planning of quality, safety, and performance excellence of programs.

Dr Longhurst is a key faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Paediatrics in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, maintaining an active clinical practice as a newborn hospitalist and pursuing scholarship in care quality, patient safety, and health informatics.

Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Longhurst was chief medical information officer for Stanford Children’s Health, where he was a clinical professor of paediatrics and biomedical informatics, and where he founded the first accredited clinical informatics fellowship in the USA.

Dr Longhurst is the author and co-author of many publications on using technology and data to improve quality of care. He is an elected fellow of the prestigious American College of Medical Informatics.

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