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Joseph Kannry

  • PROFESSOR Medicine, General Internal Medicine
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  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine


  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Montefiore Medical Center

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Montefiore Medical Center


    Joseph Kannry, MD - Lead Technical Informaticist, EMR Clinical Transformation Group, Mount Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Dr. Kannry is a practicing board certified Internist at Mount Sinai’s IMA (Internal Medicine Associates). He has dual appointments in IT and Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Kannry is a graduate of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, a National Library of Medicine training program in Informatics. Dr. Kannry is a frequent contributor to AMIA and HIMSS and was/is a member of the AMIA Task Force on Guidelines for the Clinical Use of Electronic Mail with Patients, AMIA Task Force on Applied Informatics, AMIA's Education Committee, AMIA’s Public Policy Committee, HIMSS’Ambulatory EMR Knowledge Resource Task Force, HL7 EHR Ambulatory Care Large Minimum Function Set: Ambulatory Care-Large, HISTP, Greater New York Hospital Association IT Steering Committee Chairman of Clinical Advisory Group for NYCLIX (New York Clinical Information Exchange), member of NYCLIX Steering Committee/Board, NYS ACP, Health Information Technology Committee, and the NYS/NYeC Collaborative Care Workgroup. Dr. Kannry was a member of the Scientific Program Committee for ITCH (Information Technology and Communications in Healthcare) 2007, the Fall 2011 AMIA Scientific Program Committee, and the 2014 iHealth Conference.

    One focus of Dr. Kannry’s career has been how best to integrate Informatics into operational settings. For the Fall 2011 AMIA CMIO Workshop, he worked as a member of the workshop curriculum committee at which he was a presenter at as well. In 2013 the AMIA Board of Directors appointed him Chair of a Task Force on CCIO (Chief Clinical Informatics Officers) Education and Skillsets.

    Dr. Kannry has presented at several conferences, lectured at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Vancouver (remote seminar), provided education on Meaningful Use to the NY Chapter of the American College of Physicians and has been cited by the Journal of the American Medical Association, MIT Technology Review, Medinfo, HIMSS’ Digital Office, PC Week, Washington Post, the New York Daily News, and Crain’s Health Pulse. He is also the creative force behind, the content director of and monthly moderator of an AMIA podcast Talking Informatics which addressed issues in Clinical Informatics by bringing the science to the issues of the day. His lab’s paper “The Relationship of Usability to Medical Error: An Evaluation of Errors Associated with Usability Problems in the Use of a Handheld Application for Prescribing Medications” won the silver medalat the 11th World Congress of Informatics, Medinfo 2004. He is also author of four book chapters: “CPOE and Patient Safety: Panacea or Pandora’s Box” in the 2007 book Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer, “Operationalizing the Science: Integrating Clinical Informatics into the Daily Operations of the Medical Center” in 2008 book The Human and Social Side of Health Information Systems and “Meaningful Usability: Health Care Information Technology for the Rest of Us"in the 2011 book Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer Second Edition and “ Integrating Genomic Test Results and Decision Support at the Point of Care: Genomics and the EHR 2012 (In Press). His research which has been internationally published has focused on Clinical Decision Support (CDS), Usability, integration of Genomic CDS into the EHR, and operationalizing Informatics. Dr. Kannry was Co-PI for a 1.5 million grant award by AHRQ to study the integration of Clinical Prediction Rules into a Commercial EMR and an investigator and Epic Lead on the eMerge2 grant which seeks to integrate genomic information at the point of care. In his capacity as Epic Lead he a member of the eMERGE EHR Integration Workgroup


  • 2013 -
    AMIA Service Award for work as Content Editor-Clinical Informatics Board Practice Exam
    AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association)

  • 2012 -
    Davies Award for Enterprise Electronic Health Record
    HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society)

  • 2010 -
    Recognition of Excellence Team Spotlight Award for The Electronic Medication Reconciliation Workgroup
    Mount Sinai Medical Center

  • 2004 -
    Second Place Award for Best Paper
    11th World Informatics Congress (Medinfo 2004)


Lead Techical Informaticist, Epic Clinical Transformation Project, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Medical Informatics is the interdisciplinary science of information management in Medicine. My research focuses on studying, developing, and prototyping information management critical to patient care, research, and education. Our research interests include Electronic Medical Records, Cognitive Analysis E.g., human-computer interaction), the role of mobile computing in Medicine, Provider Identification (i.e., matching the right doctor with the right patient), Evidence Based Medicine, Clinical Decision Support, Order Entry Research and Development, and Clinical Trial Information Management.


Kannry JL, Wright L, Shifman M, Silverstein S, Miller PL. Portability issues for a structured clinical vocabulary: mapping from Yale to the Columbia medical entities dictionary. J Am Med Inform Assoc 1996 Jan-Feb; 3(1): 66-78.

Kannry J, Moore C. MediSign: Using a Web-Based SignOut System To Improve Provider Identification. Proceedings AMIA Annual Fall Symposium 1999 1999;: 550-554.

Murff HJ, Kannry J. The Relationship Between Physician Order Entry and Physician satisfaction with two order entry systems.. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2001 Jan/Feb; 8(5): 499-509.

Kushniruk A, Karson T, Moore C, Kannry J. From Prototype to Production System: Lessons Learned from the Evolution of the SignOut System at Mount Sinai MedicalCenter.. Proceedings AMIA Fall Symposium 2003 2003 Nov;: 381-385.

Kannry J, Karson T, Moore C. Discharge Communiqué: Use of A Workflow Byproduct To Generate an Interim Discharge Summary.. Proceedings AMIA Fall Symposium 2003 2003 Nov;: 341-345.

Kushniruk A, Triola M, Stein B, Borycki E, Kannry J. The Relationship of Usability to Medical Error: An Evaluation of Errors Associated with Usability Problems in the Use of a Handheld Application for Prescribing Medications.. Medinfo 2004 2004 August;: 1073-1076.

Maimon O, Rokach L, Auerbach M, Ezer E, Kannry J. Information Retrieval System for Medical Narrative Reports.. Intelligent Data Analysis in Medicine and Pharmacology. 2004 August;.

Kushniruk AW, Triola MM, Borycki EM, Stein B, Kannry J. Technology induced errorand usability: the relationship between usability problems and prescription errors when using a handheld application.. Int J Med Inform 2005 2005 July/August; 74(7-8): 519-526.

Banavar G, Black J, Caceres R, Eberling M, Stern E, Kannry J. Deriving Long-Term Value from Context-Aware Computing. . Information Systems Management 2005 Fall; 22(4): 32-42.

Kannry J, Mukani S, Myers K, Kannry J. Using an evidence-based approach for system selection at a large academic medical center: lessons learned in selecting an ambulatory EMR at Mount Sinai Hospital. J Healthc Inf Manag 2006 April-May; 20(2): 84-99.

Borycki E, Kushniruk A, Kannry J. Use of Simulation Approaches in the Study of Clinician Workflow. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2006 Jan;: 61-65.

Kushniruk A, Borycki E, Kuwata S, Kannry J. Predicting Changes in Workflow Resulting from Healthcare Information Systems: Ensuring the Safety of Healthcare.. Healthc Q 2006 Oct; 9 (Special No.): 114-118.

Friedmann BE, Shapiro JS, Kannry J, Kuperman G. Analyzing workflow in emergency departments to prepare for health information exchange. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2006 Nov;: 926.

Shapiro J, Kannry J, Lipton M, Goldberg E, Conocenti P, Stuart S. Approaches to Patient Health Information Exchange and Their Impact on Emergency Medicine.. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2006 Oct; 48(4): 426-432.

Thomas D, Kushniruk A, Kannry J. Housestaff and Attending Physician Knowledge Of and Attitude Towards an EMR on the Eve of Implementation. Proceedings AMIA Fall Symposium 2007 Nov;.

Kannry J, Emro S, Blount M, Ebling M. Small-scale Testing of RFID in a Hospital Setting: RFID as Bed Trigger. Proceedings AMIA Fall Symposium 2007 Nov;.

Kannry J, Shapiro J, Kushniruk A, Kuperman G, . Emergency Physicians’ Perceptions of Health Information Exchange. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Nov-Dec; 14(6): 700-705.

Kannry J, Kushniruk A, Myers K, Borycki E, . Exploring the relationship between training and usability: a study of the impact of usability testing on improving training and system deployment. Stud Health Technol Inform 2009 Jan;(143): 277-283.

Kannry J, Kushniruk A, Borycki E, Myers K, . Selecting electronic health record systems: development of a framework for testing candidate systems. . Stud Health Technol Inform 2009 Jan;(143): 376-379.

Kannry J, Myers K, Kushniruk AW. The Missing Link: Lessons Learned Procuring and Implementing a Commercially Available EMR that Supports Clinical Research. . Proceedings of 2010 AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics. 2010 March;.

Kushniruk A, Beuscart-Zephir M, Grzes A, Borycki E, Watbled L, Kannry J. Increasing the safety of healthcare information systems through improved procurement: toward a framework for selection of safe healthcare systems. Healthc Q 2010 2010 Dec; 13(Spec): 53-58.

Kannry J, Bilumane P, Goldenberg J. The SignOut Discharge Summary System: Using Workflow Byproducts to Pre-Populate and Assemble Discharge Summaries.. Stud Health Technol Inform 2011 Feb;.

Kannry J. Computerized Practioner Order Entry and Patient Safety: Panacea or Pandora's Box. In: Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer. Chicago, HIMSS;.

Kannry J. Operationalizing the Science: Integrating Clinical Informatics into the Daily Operations of the Medical Center . In: The Human and Social Side of Health Information Systems. Hershey, PA, Idea Group;.

Kannry J, Kushniruk A, Koppel R. Meaningful Usability: Health Care Information Technology for the Rest of Us. In: Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer-2nd edition. Chicago, HIMSS;.

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Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Kannry did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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