Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Transitions in Care - Evaluate Impact of Direct Messaging"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Healthcare Delivery System, Healthcare Information Technology
Project Description:
Direct messaging is a web based application designed to allow secure exchange of patient health information across different care providers within the networks. It has been adopted as the key information exchange technology for compliance with stage 2 Meaningful Use. Research effort is needed to evaluate the impact of Direct Messaging on patients’ continuity of care. This project will focus on assessing the information transfer process pre and post-implementation of Direct Messaging in terms of content, format, timeliness, cost and security. The project is supported by Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering and collaborating with a healthcare information service provider as well as local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Indiana State. This project will require data collection through interviews, establish and understand the workflow involved in communicating patient’s information during care transitions.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work closely with faculty members and graduate students to help conduct interviews, perform task analysis and cost effective analysis. The intern will have the opportunity to work with hospitals and healthcare organizations, and get to learn healthcare domain knowledge. Depend on data availability, there may be opportunities for hands-on experience in analyzing patient data.
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Desired Qualifications:
Strong professional communication skills required. Prior experience with interview techniques or data analysis is preferred but not required. Attention to detail, willing to learn, and able to prioritize tasks and manage time.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Yih, Yuehwern
industrial engineering

Student Supervisor

Shan Xie
Graduate Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Steve Witz
Health Sciences/ HHS; Regenstrief Center for Healt