Dr. Eric Kirkendall is a pediatric hospitalist and applied clinical informaticist. He uses health information technology to maximize patient safety and quality in clinical care delivery, data management, and novel application/software development. He is the former Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, overseeing the design, implementation, and optimization of the electronic health record and other associated technologies. Eric investigates the links between the effectiveness of clinical decision support (CDS), patient safety, and user efficiency. Eric was recruited to Wake Forest to help lead the Center for Healthcare Innovation and remains adjunct faculty at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati, where he has several large ongoing studies.