A former Mayo Clinic research investigator, Christopher G. Chute, M.D., Dr. P.H., established the Mayo Clinic Division of Biomedical Informatics, overseeing a program of applied research and development focusing on clinical and genomic data sources, management, standardization and interpretation. He was division chair of biomedical informatics for 20 years. Dr. Chute retired from Mayo in 2014, but remains Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Health Sciences Research.
Dr. Chute's research focus was in the domain of biomedical terminology and ontology, with a long-standing emphasis on scalable terminology services that can be used across biology and medicine. This work extended into high-throughput disease phenotyping methods using electronic health records.
Dr. Chute was principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a broad portfolio of federal grants, including:
He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, and an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Epidemiology and the American College of Medical Informatics.
Significance to patient care
To make informatics principles truly applicable across the coalescing communities of biological research and medical practice, a strong engagement must be made with standards for biohealth data interchange and interoperability.
A partial list of academic standards and National Institute of Health review activities Dr. Chute has undertaken includes:
- Chair, ICD-11 Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, World Health Organization, 2016-present
- Chair, ICD-11 Revision Steering Group, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2010-2016
- President Elect, American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), 2015
- Chair, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC215 on Health Informatics, 2010-2015
- Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Technology Standards Committee, 2010-2013
- Member, Health Level Seven Advisory Council, 2010
- Board Member, Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium, 2007-2009
- Chair, U.S. Delegation to ISO Technical Committee on Health Informatics (TC215), 2007-2009