Rupa S. Valdez, Ph.D.
My research integrates quantitative and qualitative methods from medical informatics, health systems engineering, human factors engineering, and cultural anthropology to characterize patients' home and community environments and to design and evaluate clinical and consumer HIT interventions based upon these assessments. My research has a specific focus on underserved populations, including populations that are racial/ethnic minorities, are of low socioeconomic status, or are living with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. A complementary research interest is in methodological development for the fields listed above.
Division of Biomedical Informatics
Department of Public Health Sciences
Ph.D, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
P.O. Box 800717
Health System West Complex Room 3012
Expertise: My research integrates quantitative and qualitative methods from medical informatics, health systems engineering, human factors engineering, and cultural anthropology to characterize patients' home and community environments and to design and evaluate clinical and consumer health information technology interventions based upon these assessments.
Publications list (Selected):
1. Valdez RS, Brennan PF. Exploring patients' health information communication practices with social network members as a foundation for consumer health IT design. Int J Med Inform. 2015; 84(5): 363-74.
2. Valdez RS, Holden RJ, Novak LL, Veinot TC. Technological infrastructure implications of the patient work framework. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; Epub ahead of print.
3. Brennan PF, Valdez RS, Alexander G, Arora S, Bernstam EV, Edmunds M, Kirienko N, Marking RD, Sim I, Skiba D, Rosenbloom T. Patient-centered care, collaboration, communication and coordination: a report from AMIA's 2013 policy meeting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; Epub ahead of print.
4. Valdez RS, Holden RJ, Novak LL, Veinot TC. Transforming consumer health informatics through a patient work framework: connecting patients to context. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; 22(1): 2-10.
5. Valdez RS, Guterbock TM, Thompson MJ, Reilly JD, Menefee HK, Bennici MS, Williams IC, Rexrode DL. Beyond traditional advertisements: Leveraging Facebook’s social structures for research recruitment. J Med Internet Res. 2014; 16(10): e243.
6. Valdez RS, Gibbons MC, Siegel ER, Kukafka R, & Brennan PF. Adapting consumer health IT to enhance usability among different racial and ethnic groups within the United States. Health Technol. 2012; 2(4): 225-233.
7. Valdez RS, Burke LJ, Casper GR, Sturgeon BA, Rosmait C, Palzkill D, Hamann D, & Brennan PF. Service Desk Calls in a Home-based Clinical Informatics Study: Supporting End Users in the Field. 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics. 2012.
8. Peace J, Valdez RS, Lutz K. Data-based considerations for electronic family health history applications: Comput Inform Nurs. 2012; 30(1): 37-45.
9. Zayas-Caban T & Valdez RS. Human factors and ergonomics in home care. In P. Carayon, editor. Handbook of human factors and ergonomics in health care and patient safety.Taylor and Francis; 2011.
10. Kossman S, Hsieh Y, Peace J, Valdez RS, Severtson L, Burke L, & Brennan PF. A theory-based problem solving approach to recruitment challenges in a large randomized field trial. Appl Nurs Res. 2011; 24(3): 179-187.
11. Valdez JA & Valdez RS. Health informatics: Systems and design considerations. In Y. Yih, editor. Handbook of healthcare delivery systems. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2011.
12. Valdez RS, Patton T, & Brennan PF. To talk or not to talk: Exploring culturally diverse patients’ health information communication choices. AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2010: 812-816.
13. Valdez RS. Designing culturally-informed consumer health IT: An exploration and proposed integration of contrasting methodological perspectives. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; 2010: 718-722.
14. Valdez RS, Ramly E, & Brennan PF. Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research: Final Report. (Prepared by Professional Scientific Associates under Contract No. HHSN2900900027U). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2010.
15. Brennan PF, Casper GR, Burke LJ, Johnson K, Brown R, Valdez RS, Sebern M, Perez O, & Sturgeon B. Technology-enhanced nursing practice for patients with chronic cardiac disease: Home implementation and evaluation. Heart Lung. 2010; 39(6 Suppl): S34-S46.
17. Or CKL, Valdez RS, Casper G, Carayon P, Burke LJ, Brennan PF, & Karsh B. Human factors and ergonomics in home care: Current concerns and future considerations for health information technology. Work. 2008; 33(2): 201-209.
18. Johnson K, Valdez RS, Casper G, Kossman S, Carayon P, Or C, Burke L, & Brennan P. Experiences of Technology Integration in Home Care Nursing. AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2008: 389-393.
19. Valdez RS & Brennan PF. Medical Informatics. In M.C. Gibbons, editor. eHealth solutions for healthcare disparities. New York: Springer; 2007. p. 93-108.