MyNYP Inpatient


My dissertation research focuses on how Health Information Technology (HIT) can be used to educate and engage hospitalized patients and their families within the care context. This work pursues questions such as:

  • What role can patient-facing HIT play in communicating information within the hospital setting, with its particularly complex organizational structure and information processes?
  • Are there measurable benefits to enabling electronic communication with hospital patients through HIT?
  • How can presentation and interaction techniques to format data affect understandability of clinical information?

To guide my dissertation studies, I have worked with mentors in medical informatics, computer science, HCI, and medicine to characterize the design space for electronic information delivery to patients. In parallel, I have assisted in building upon a PHR platform,, to create a custom inpatient PHR portal infrastructure that delivers timely, patient-accessible information. Our custom portal integrates data from an existing electronic health record (EHR) and PHR system to provide timely views of a patient's current and previous inpatient medications. The custom portal infrastructure provides the technological foundation upon which experimental presentation and interaction techniques can be introduced and studied in an inpatient setting.


Panel on Designing Interactive Systems for Patient-Provider Communication
Proc. WISH 2012, Chicago, IL.


Interactive Tools For Inpatient Medication Tracking: A Multi-Phase Study With Cardiothoracic Surgery Patients
Lauren Wilcox, Janet Woollen, Jennifer Prey, Susan Restaino, Suzanne Bakken, Steven Feiner, Alexander Sackheim, David Vawdrey
J Am Med Inform Assoc (JAMIA) 2016 DOI:10.1093/jamia/ocv160

Designing for Ease of Use of Inpatient Technology to Communicate Medication Therapies 
Lauren Wilcox, Steven Feiner, David Vawdrey.
Proc. ACM WISH 2011 (a variant was presented in the AMIA 2011 Doctoral Consortium on Sociotechnical Issues in Medical Informatics), Washington, DC, 77-81.

ACM DL Author-ize service Designing Inpatient Technology to Meet the Medication Information Needs of Cardiology Patients
Lauren Wilcox, Steven Feiner, Andy Liu, Sarah Collins, Susan Restaino, David Vawdrey.
Proc. ACM IHI 2012, Miami, FL, 831-836.


A Tablet Computer Application for Patients to Participate in Their Hospital Care
David Vawdrey, Lauren Wilcox, Sarah Collins, Suzanne Bakken, Steven Feiner, Aurelia Boyer, Susan Restaino.
Proc. AMIA 2011, Washington, DC, 1428-1435.