Dr. Joanna Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on developing strategies and mechanisms to improve care coordination among patient care terms and health behaviors of at-risk patient population. Her recent research projects include: (a) information seeking and communications patterns of patient care teams during care transitions; (b) relationships between doctor-patient interactions and contextualization of care within the context of chronic disease management in the minority patient population; (c) use of health information technology in decision making, and (d) medication errors associated with the use of computerized patient order entry system. Her vision of research is strongly rooted in training during graduate and undergraduate years – as an information scientist with strong computer science, biomedical informatics and HCI (human computer-interaction) skills.
Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Abraham was at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) where she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health. Prior to that, she was the recipient of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) fellowship for her post-doctoral research at the School of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). She received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University in 2010.
“I am excited to be a part of the health informatics research community because of the great opportunities available to transform the relationship between clinicians and patients and also develop empirically based interventions to support patient care delivered by clinicians. These efforts, among others, can lead to improvements in the healthcare system – in terms of quality, safety and costs.”