Dr. Christopher Longhurst is a board-certified pediatric hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Stanford University. He also holds an administrative appointment at Packard Children’s as the Chief Medical Information Officer, where he has helped lead the organization through the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) since 2004. These efforts resulted in national attention in 2010 when Dr. Longhurst published the first-ever correlation between implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and a decrease in hospital-wide mortality. That same year he was honored to be the selected by Modern Healthcare as the youngest of the top 25 Clinical Informaticists nationally in the inaugural annual survey. In 2011, Dr. Longhurst co-authored an innovative article in the New England Journal of Medicine which described the first published use of aggregate EMR data to make a real-time patient care decision.
Dr. Longhurst earned his BS from the University of California, San Diego, with a major in molecular biology and a minor in computer science, and obtained his MS in medical informatics and MD from the University of California, Davis. He completed his pediatric residency training at Packard Children’s before joining the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Described as a pragmatic academician, Dr. Longhurst has published dozens of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, consults with health IT startup companies in the Silicon Valley, and frequently speaks internationally on a wide gamut of healthcare IT topics.