Abel N. Kho MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)

Dr. Abel Kho is an Internist and Medical Informatics Researcher focused on the development of implementation of clinical information sharing networks to improve clinical care. Dr. Kho completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He completed a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis and continues AHRQ funded research there as a Regenstrief Affiliated Scientist.

Abel is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Abel is the PI and Co-Executive Director of the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center (www.chitrec.org), which assists over 1500 doctors in Chicago to achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). He developed an electronic registry and real-time alerting system to enable infection control providers to track drug-resistant infections across Indianapolis, which has been in continuous use since 2007 and has recently expanded to include coverage of multi-drug resistant gram-negative organisms. He served as co-Chair of the Informatics Work Group for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) consortium, and continues to lead Northwestern’s Informatics and electronic phenotyping efforts in eMERGE 2. Over the past several years, he has lead efforts to integrate EHR data across multiple institutions in Chicago, a project which currently includes clinical data from seven institutions spanning over 5 million unique patients. He is co-PI and Informatics lead for the PCORI funded Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), which will further expand the clinical data network to 10 institutions in Chicago. He is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.