Christopher Longhurst

Christopher Longurst, CIO

Chief Information Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer
UC San Diego Health

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Christopher Longhurst MD, MS, serves as chief information officer and associate chief medical officer for quality and safety at UC San Diego Health. This dual, complementary role provides leadership in key functional areas to continuously improve efforts around operations, reputation and care provided at UC San Diego Health.

As CIO, Dr. Longhurst oversees all operations and strategic planning for information and communications technology. He is responsible for planning and developing all administrative and clinical information systems related to operating UC San Diego Health hospital and clinical facilities, including electronic health records and the MyUCSDChart system.

Dr. Longhurst also leads the creation and execution of a comprehensive information strategy to meet the future needs of UC San Diego Health along with creating standards, architectures and policies for information technologies across UC San Diego and the UC system.

As associate CMO for quality and safety, Dr. Longhurst is focused on building upon current quality improvement efforts and aligning people, processes and technology to achieve UC San Diego Health's quality and accountability goals. Leveraging his expertise in health informatics and analytics, he is responsible for the evaluation of structure and faculty leadership in quality, key quality committees, and improved alignment across the organization for achieving these goals.

Dr. Longhurst is also a key faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics 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.

Dr. Longhurst most recently served as chief medical information officer for Stanford Children's Health, where he led strategic efforts to improve children's health and provider workflow using information technology. He founded and led the clinical informatics fellowship at Stanford, where he was a clinical professor of pediatrics. He also staffed the quality committee of Stanford's hospital board and facilitated national quality improvement collaborative work.

He completed his residency at Stanford Medical School and earned his medical degree and MS in medical informatics from UC Davis. He holds a BS in molecular biology from UC San Diego. He is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical informaticist.

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

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