The University of Washington School of Medicine gave Kodiak High School alumnus Erik Van Eaton an Early Achievement Award for his writing and software development work.
Van Eaton, a graduate from Kodiak High School (Class of ’88), received a technical journalism degree from Oregon State University in 1992. He also pursued a degree in biochemistry and then went to medical school.
As a medical student, he returned to Alaska for a medical internship in Soldotna at the Peninsula Medical Center, according to a 2000 Peninsula Clarion article.
After graduating medical school in 2001 and completing his residency, Van Eaton got involved with information technology.
“I call it clinical informatics research,” Van Eaton said in a UW Medicine video. “It’s basically looking at different ways that clinicians manage information about their patients and communicate with each other using information tools.”
He co-founded the Applied Clinical Informatics Research Laboratory, which facilitates collaboration among successful informatics projects.
One of Van Eaton’s projects is a program called Online Critical Care Algorithms and Messages, a database of guidelines that clinicians can access.
“Each health system could have it’s own database of locally produced guidelines and clinical care algorithms,” Van Eaton said. “Everybody would access it the same way but would be looking at their institution’s version.”
Van Eaton received the Early Achievement Award for OCCAM and another software product, two book chapters and multiple peer reviewed publications, according to a UW Medicine Alumni letter.
The award goes to a graduate of the medical school within the last 20 years who has “excelled in his or her career in medicine, making significant contributions to clinical care, medical science, humanitarianism or administrative activities,” said the letter.
Currently, Van Eaton is an assistant professor of surgery and surgical critical care in UW Medicine’s Department of Surgery.
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