ed-informatics.org is maintained by Keith Conover, M.D., FACEP, to provide education about computers in emergency medicine. The target audience includes emergency physicians and nurses, other professionals who work in the Emergency Department, Information Technology professionals, administrators, and in particular, the developers of software for the Emergency Department.
Dr. Conover has long had an interest in the use of computer systems in emergency medicine. He started programming in medical school in machine code, only later moving up to A86 assembler. Over the years, he’s moved up the ladder through lower- and then higher-level programming languages; now he focuses mostly on high-level design and usability.
He has been practicing emergency medicine in a Level I Trauma/Burn center regional referral hospital since the 1980s, and partly to work with different EDIS systems, has worked parttime at a variety of other hospitals. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1995, Dr. Alan Forstater of Thomas Jefferson University and Dr. Conover founded the successful series of International Emergency Department Information Systems Symposiums. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), as well as the ACEP national Council, In 2001, Dr. Conover was awarded the first annual Achievement in Emergency Medical Informatics Award by the Informatics Section of ACEP.