Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN

Karen Dunn Lopez

Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

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Using a wide range of methods including mixed methods, human centered design approaches and structured reviews, my program of research focuses on identifying factors that can improve the usability and usefulness of health information technologies. I have an emerging focus on tailoring technologies to individual characteristics. Within my program of research, many of the technologies are grounded in innovative uses of standardized nursing terminologies. I have authored and co-authored over 35 peer reviewed articles and have been cited over 500 times. Some of the highlights of my work include:
• As a Co-Investigator of National Institute of Nursing Research funded study, I led the research teams’ effort to design and improve the usability and usefulness of evidence based clinical decision support for nurses that were developed by applying big data analytics to routine NANDA-I, NIC and NOC care documentation.
• I led the first systematic review of clinical decision support that targets decision making by acute care nurses.
• I co-led a project to develop and test an algorithm to determine the differences between nurse and physician use of terminologies that provided quantitative

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