Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Stan Huff, MD, is our Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Graphite Health. Beginning in high school, Stan was fascinated by the potential of intelligent computer programs to revolutionize the practice of medicine. It may seem like a mighty goal for a young teenager but Stan was tenacious and utilized his magnificent balancing skills to ride unicycles, captain the football team, and win both a state championship for wrestling and a “best legs” contest, so you can imagine that the dream to revolutionize medicine was well within that youngster’s grasp.
Upon entering the real world, Stan focused his sights on medicine, receiving a BS in Chemistry from Brigham Young University and an MD from the University of Utah, where he would later teach biomedical informatics and oversee post-graduate student research. After a year of internal medicine residency training at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Stan completed his residency in clinical pathology at the University of Utah. He then worked for two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, and since that time, he has held various positions at Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah.
Today, Stan holds the position of Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare and is a professor in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A primary focus of Stan’s career has been developing the language of digital medical data. He specializes in standardizing the representation of medical data and information in coded and structured form so that it can be processed algorithmically by computers. Stan was an early participant in the UMLS (Unified Medical Language System) contracts and has worked in medical terminology and database architecture for the past 30 years. He even teaches a course in medical vocabulary and data exchange standards at the University of Utah.
When Stan isn’t revolutionizing medicine, he likes to run marathons and travel the world. He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a co-chair of the LOINC Committee, and a co-chair of the HL7 Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI). He is also the chair of Logica (formerly the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC)) and the chair of the FHIR Foundation. Formerly, he was a member of the ONC HIT Standards Committee, a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a member of the Lister Hill Center Board of Scientific Counselors, and a two-time chair of Health Level Seven (HL7).