Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, is an informatics expert and an advocate for novel uses of EHR data to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. She has expertise in clinical decision support, technology usability, use of standardized nursing terminologies contained in Electronic Health Record (EHR) and interdisciplinary care.
As an informatics educator, Dr. Dunn Lopez has applied the flipped classroom approach, active learning techniques and the Team Based Learning Paradigm to help her students learn about interdisplinary care, patient safety, nursing informatics, the role of theory in research and grant writing. She is also the course director for the upcoming AMIA 10 x 10 course Patient Safety and Healht Information Technology https://www.amia.org/amia10x10/uic.
As a researcher, Dr. Dunn Lopez is a leader on an 2 multidisciplinary NIH funded research grants: 1) to develop nurse-targetted clinical decision support dervied from nursing documentation that is useable and useful and 2) To develop tailored patient targetted decision aids to improve patient engagment with heart failure self care . Together with her teams, she has published 38 publications in these areas and has been cited over 600 times.