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Andrew Gettinger, MD

Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology


Dartmouth College, AB 1976
Dartmouth Medical School, MD 1979

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Professional Interests

Informatics, Transfusion, Technology, Health Policy

Grant Information

Trustworthy Systems In Healthcare (NSF) co-PI
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow 2012-13


Andrew Gettinger is professor emeritus of anesthesiology and former associate dean for clinical informatics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and has recently completed service as the chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System in northern New England. He recently stepped down as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Office of the national Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services. Gettinger has extensive experience in the field of health information technology. He led the development of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Dartmouth and subsequently was the senior physician leader during Dartmouth’s transition to a vendor- based EHR.

Gettinger’s clinical practice and research has been focused both on anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and on information technology as it applies generally to health care. He founded the clinical informatics group at Dartmouth. He has been an active participant in the policy debates regarding patient privacy at both the state and federal level. Currently, he is a co-investigator on a National Science Foundation grant focusing on areas of information systems privacy and security. Previously, he held an FDA investigator-sponsored Investigational New Drug Application (IND) exploring the use of recombinant erythropoietin in the management and care of critically ill patients.

Gettinger received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at the Hartford Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, and critical care medicine. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and was one of the inaugural group certified in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Selected Publications


Essential Electronic Health Record Reforms for This Decade.
Detmer DE, Gettinger A
JAMA. 2023 Jun 6;329(21):1825-1826. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.3961.
PMID: 37140926

Response to "My mom got diagnosed with cancer through the MyChart app".
Gettinger A, Zayas-Caban T
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Dec 28;29(1):218-219. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocab223.
PMID: 34664652

HITECH to 21st century cures: clinician burden and evolving health IT policy.
Gettinger A, Zayas-Caban T
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Apr 23;28(5):1022-1025. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa330.
PMID: 33576379

Mind the Gap. A systematic review to identify usability and safety challenges and practices during electronic health record implementation.
Ratwani R, Fairbanks T, Savage E, Adams K, Wittie M, Boone E, Hayden A, Barnes J, Hettinger Z, Gettinger A
Appl Clin Inform. 2016 Nov 16;7(4):1069-1087. Epub 2016 Nov 16.
PMID: 27847961

A Survey of the Literature on Unintended Consequences Associated with Health Information Technology: 2014-2015.
Zheng K, Abraham J, Novak LL, Reynolds TL, Gettinger A
Yearb Med Inform. 2016 Nov 10;(1):13-29. Epub 2016 Nov 10.
PMID: 27830227

Securing Information Technology in Healthcare.
Anthony D, Campbell AT, Candon T, Gettinger A, Kotz D, Marsch LA, Molina-Markham A, Page K, Smith SW, Gunter CA, Johnson ME
IEEE Secur Priv. 2013 Aug 8;11(6):25-33.
PMID: 25379030

Transitioning from a legacy EHR to a commercial, vendor-supplied, EHR: one academic health system's experience.
Gettinger A, Csatari A
Appl Clin Inform. 2012;3(4):367-76. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2012-04-R-0014. Epub 2012 Oct 10.
PMID: 23646084

High-level alerting for rare but critical clinical conditions.
Gettinger A, Chaimberg K, Spence B, Nelan J
AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6;:1065. Epub 2008 Nov 6.
PMID: 18999110

Efficacy and safety of epoetin alfa in critically ill patients.
Corwin HL, Gettinger A, Fabian TC, May A, Pearl RG, Heard S, An R, Bowers PJ, Burton P, Klausner MA, Corwin MJ, EPO Critical Care Trials Group
N Engl J Med. 2007 Sep 6;357(10):965-76.
PMID: 17804841

Efficacy of recombinant human erythropoietin in critically ill patients admitted to a long-term acute care facility: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Silver M, Corwin MJ, Bazan A, Gettinger A, Enny C, Corwin HL
Crit Care Med. 2006 Sep;34(9):2310-6.
PMID: 16878035

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