Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"health communication and policy, data management"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
communication
Project Description:
The student will initiate investigation of specified research questions about the use of medication infusion “smart pumps” as related to the RCHE CatalyzeCare HUB’s Infusion Pump Informatics tool, data set, and user group. The interactive tool allows hospital staff to upload and look at current data obtained from medication pumps; the research questions address how this medication delivery data can be effectively used to set policy and improve patient safety. Deliverables from the student will include a review of literature relevant to our research questions and several case studies created by interviewing current users. The student may also assist developers to define and design data views that address the research questions. The student may also assist in the creation of (Camtasia) tutorial videos to be posted on the HUB, assist with the Infusion Pump Informatics user conference, and design and review materials for the HUB.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will initiate investigation of specified research questions about the use of medication infusion “smart pumps” as related to the RCHE CatalyzeCare HUB’s Infusion Pump Informatics tool, data set, and user group. The interactive tool allows hospital staff to upload and look at current data obtained from medication pumps; the research questions address how this medication delivery data can be effectively used to set policy and improve patient safety. Deliverables from the student will include a review of literature relevant to our research questions and several case studies created by interviewing current users. The student may also assist developers to define and design data views that address the research questions. The student may also assist in the creation of (Camtasia) tutorial videos to be posted on the HUB, assist with the Infusion Pump Informatics user conference, and design and review materials for the HUB.
Related Website(s):
http://www.catalyzecare.org
Desired Qualifications:
Strong writing and communication skills, familiarity with literature search and review, an interest in health communication and policy, and familiarity with basic Web design and programming skills.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
40
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Schultz, Mary
Deptartment/College:
regenstrief center for healthcare eng

Student Supervisor

Name:
Pamela Morris
Title:
TA, communication, RCHE research scientist

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Pamela Morris
Deptartment/College:
communication
Name:
Steve Witz
Deptartment/College:
Public Health