University of Pittsburgh

Novel approaches to health information technology

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Health information technology has great promise to save lives, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.  However, the healthcare domain is also fraught with challenges not found in other sectors. These include the great complexity of both the medical domain and healthcare institutions, historical developments, financial considerations, the high-stakes high-stress collaborative nature of the work, and other factors.  This has led to technology that often does not meet healthcare needs, resulting in protests by clinicians (doctors and nurses) nationally and internationally due to concerns about safety, usability, and interoperability. 

We discuss research into a different ‘composable’ approach which gives the nonprogrammer clinician end-user greater control over some aspects of electronic health record design and use, with implications for improvements in safety, fit to the task, human-computer interaction and cognitive load, communication/collaboration, efficiency, and costs of software creation and deployment.  

Dr. Senathirajah is Visiting Associate Professor in the department of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, and previously held positions at Northwell Health, Downstate Medical Center, and Columbia University.  She conducts research into the design and use of healthcare information technology, including provider-facing EMR design  and patient-facing applications including mobile health interventions for underserved or minority populations


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