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President - Bradley Tanner, MD
Bradley Tanner, MD is a Psychiatrist and President of Clinical Tools. At Clinical Tools, he is responsible for technological and curriculum development, evaluative research, and marketing of products. His goal is to integrate technology into health care to enhance best practice and improve health outcomes.
Dr. Tanner's enthusiasm for technology dates to early days in high school with experience on the high schools' local mini computer and the mainframe at the local college. His earliest work with microcomputers dates to 1981 when he built, tested and produced software for one of the first personal computers (the Health H89) to aid a sales business in customer management and reporting - a perfect environment to develop programming skills and see the potential for the personal computer to revolutionize tasks that were previously repetitive, time-intensive, and required access to huge resources. He has retained a love of technology, not in and of itself, but for what it can do.
Dr. Tanner attended Dartmouth and Williams Colleges and received a B.A in Chemistry from Dartmouth in 1984. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA and received his MD in 1988. His completed an Internship and Residency Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in 1992. While a resident at WPIC, and as an Apple Developer, he co-managed a project to develop and test a Macintosh-based software tool to teach patients diagnosed with psychotic disorders about their illness, as well as medication benefits, side effects and risks using interactivity and digital video. At the time simple interactivity (via Hypercard) and digital video were quite novel.
He received board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 1993. As a physician and psychiatrist, he wants to address the serious health problems that face our country. Following residency, Dr. Tanner joined the faculty at WPIC to pursue interests in: 1) clinical work on severe mental disorders, especially psychotic disorders, 2) education of residents and medical students, and 3) academic research in the field of building and assessing technological solutions to mental health problems. He continues to be clinically active as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where his clinical activity focuses on supervising psychiatry resident-based outpatient treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
He started Clinical Tools in 1995 to pursue SBIR funded research that would create information tools to help patients, alter medical practice, and improve health outcomes. As an educator, the leader of Clinical Tools, and a PI of government sponsored SBIR research, he has overseen the creation of multiple curricula aimed at a variety of target audiences in healthcare from consumers to students to practicing professionals. In the 1990s the tools to deliver high quality online curricula did not exist, and thus he and Clinical Tools focused on developing interactive and video-based education of consumers and oversaw the creation of a java-based platform to deliver a rich multimedia medical education environment aimed at trainees and practicing health professionals. Dr. Tanner has received funding via grants and contracts from NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, NCI, AHRQ, CDC, the Dept of Defense, and NASA to develop medical and health education projects. Dr. Tanner has presented and published in the fields of medical technology, medical education, and addiction.
He guided, Clinical Tools migration of its online training solution to the FAOS [freely available open source] Drupal Content Management System (CMS) Community. Drupal is utilized by websites run by the White House, Duke University, and the Economist. Clinical Tools' online training solution [called DLearning] is available as a FAOS suite of PHP-based modules. The combination of DLearning and Drupal's robust CMS ensures, web 2.0 functionality, richer support for multimedia, and most importantly a close tie-in to the open source community to enable continued and inexpensive future development.
As Clinical Tools' President, he oversees Clinical Tools' mission to guide the development of DLearning, develop online solutions based on the platform, and evaluate them to guide the field of training in health topics. He continues to be closely involved in technology and linking Clinical Tools with the skills in the open source community and in 1000s of small high quality US-based technological firms and individuals with proven track records. Opportunity abounds to apply technological solutions to a health care field since health care has been surprisingly slow in recognizing the benefits of information technology and implementing solutions.
He lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and 3 active children aged 9, 12 and 15. Dr. Tanner is an avid Utah skier and frequently visits Snowbird and Alta up to 70 times a year - whenever powder is on the way. He also enjoys running, commuting to Clinical Tools via bicycle, windsurfing, yoga, traveling with family, and cooking healthy meals.
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