Susan Rea, PhD

Informatics Fellow
Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research
susan.welch@imail.org

Education

BSN with honors, Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Houston, TX
 
MS, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, TX
 
PhD, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
 

Personal Statement

I discovered the value of computing technologies to improve health care as a research nurse at Baylor College of Medicine in the late 1970s. That led me to a Masters Degree in Epidemiology, where I found courses in data base management and computer programming applied to health research. My clinical and information management cross-training and experience prepared me to lead the design, development and implementation of an institution-wide clinical trials system at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The system was widely used, interfaced to lab and hospital administrative systems, and supported hundreds of clinical trials from IRB approval to digital reporting.  During these years, I developed two cornerstones of my professional goals:  to improve health outcomes and to provide clinicians with information to better care for patients. I have been very privileged to study and work among the Biomedical Informatics professional community in Salt Lake City, Utah. More recent professional exposure included implementation of an evidence-based guideline-driven oncology system, architecting health care systems interfaces, and providing secondary data extraction and quality assurance for an institution-wide oncology care improvement program at Intermountain Healthcare. My academic informatics exposure was very broad, with focus in aspects of secondary use of health care data and application of knowledge discovery methods from the computer science discipline. I look forward to applying my knowledge, experience and skills to the challenges of improving health outcomes by repurposing health care systems’ data for biomedical research, knowledge discovery and evidence-based care. I enjoy interacting with, learning from, and mentoring others in the application of information technologies to support improved care processes and health outcomes.
 

Employment / Experience

1977
Medical/Surgical Staff Nurse, Pasadena Bayshore General Hospital, Pasadena, TX
 
1977-1980
Research Nurse, Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
 
1980-1984
Research Nurse, Division of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX
 
1984-1996
Manager, Clinical Research Information Systems, Office of the VP of Patient Care, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX
 
1996-1999
Graduate Assistant, Medical Informatics, University of Utah / Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
 
1999-2003
Computer Professional, Informatics, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
 
2003-2005
Integration Systems Analyst, Clinical Systems Interface Team, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
 
2005-2006
Data Manager/Stewart, Oncology Clinical Programs, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
 
2007-2011
Graduate Assistant, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah / Fellow, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
 
2011-Present
Informatics Fellow, Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
 
 

Honors

1997-1999
National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellowship
 
2007-2011
Honorary Fellow, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare
 
2010
Nursing Informatics Working Group Award, AMIA Annual Symposium

 

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