Abraham, Foraker, Yen elected fellows of informatics society

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has elected three faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis — Joanna Abraham, PhD, Randi Foraker, PhD, and Po-Yin Yen, PhD — fellows of the organization’s American College of Medical Informatics.

They will be inducted at the AMIA’s annual symposium Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Abraham, an associate professor of anesthesiology and a member of the Institute for Informatics at Washington University, is focused on efforts to improve patient safety through the design of health information technologies, process engineering and clinician training. Her research on communication and medication safety has translated into evidence-based tools at multiple hospitals. She is a national expert in the field of patient handoffs and care transitions.

Foraker, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Population Health Informatics at the Institute for Informatics, is focused on research to improve the health of the community through data access, analytics and dissemination efforts. Also holding a master’s degree in health promotion, she specializes in the design of population-based studies and the integration of electronic health record data with socioeconomic indicators. Her most recent research seeks to apply clinical decision support to complement risk scoring in cardiology, oncology and primary care.

Yen, an associate professor of medicine and a member of the Institute for Informatics, is focused on health IT usability evaluation, technology acceptance and adoption, human computer interaction, time and motion studies, documentation burden, and data visualization to support evidence-based practice. Yen is also a registered nurse and on the faculty of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

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