Faculty & Research

At UIC's Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, our faculty include esteemed researchers who are generating new ideas, methods, and tools that continue to advance the field.

Recent Areas of Research and Grants

Joanna Abraham, PhD, Assistant Professor

Joanna Abraham, PhD



Towards Meaningful Information Transfer: Role of Interdepartmental Communication
National Science Foundation (NSF) CISE Grant
The research study aims to investigate errors in interdepartmental handoffs and care transitions between emergency department and intensive care unit and the impact of standardization on handoff safety.
Role: PI

An Exploratory Investigation of Error Generation and Correction during Medication Ordering
UIC College of Applied Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant
The goal of this project is to investigate the factors that lead to the voiding of medication orders – with a focus on explicating the reasons behind the voiding process
Role: PI

Andrew Boyd, MD, Assistant Professor

Andrew Boyd, MD



My IDEA, a tailored patient cardiac catheterization application
UIC Roybal Application
Role: PI

Mobilizing for Patient Adherence to Cancer Therapies (mPACT)
McKesson Foundation

Anthony Faiola, PhD, MFA, Professor and Head

Anthony Faiola, PhD, MFA



Canine-Inspired Smart Sensor for Detecting Hypoglycemia from Human Breath
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Diabetes alert dogs (DADs) are trained to detect HYPO by smelling volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in breath. Patients with DADs demonstrated more accurate/faster detection than existing detection methods. Proposed research is an electronic nano-sensor that mimics the canine’s ability to detect HYPO from VOCs in breath—that outputs to data to mobile visualization display.
Role: Co-PI

Other Projects

ICUsmartCARE for Room-to-Mobile Family-Centered Collaboration
Design of a family-centered HIT that provide families remote access to ICU patient bedside data/notes and communications, thereby supporting engagement without placing additional information-sharing burden on critical care clinicians. Supports family cognition through increased information sharing, decision-making, and the collaborative distribution of cognitive activities.

ICU EMR Visualization: Dashboards for Reducing Cognitive-Load & Diagnostic Error
Data visualization tool that addresses the challenges of clinician cognitive load: Time constraints on decision-making added to complex numeric/textual/data analysis leads to cognitive strain. Intended to reduce decision-making error, while improving quality of care and safety.

Spyros Kitsiou, PhD, Assistant Professor

Spyros Kitsiou, PhD


Jacob Krive, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Jacob Krive, PhD


Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky, PhD, Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky, PhD


Annette Valenta, PhD, Professor

Annette Valenta, PhD


·         Human factors in patient safety

·         Cognition and decision making in healthcare

·         Role of patient/caregiver in patient safety and quality