Yalini Senathirajah, PhD

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5607 Baum Blvd.
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347-619-4021
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Research Interests: 

My main area of research interest is improving the design and usability of electronic health records and health IT systems in general, using a novel paradigm together with modern web technical approaches. This is based on giving nonprogrammer clinicians more control via a drag/drop platform approach which allows them to create their own software and tools. It has promise to increase the software’s efficiency and cognitive support, fit to clinician ways of thinking, work contexts, public health emergencies, ease of use, and evolvability to meet future needs and different specialty and work contexts.

My other major areas of interest are using informatics for patient/consumer engagement, particularly in minority communities and the underserved, global health informatics, and analytics to improve healthcare.

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Department of Biomedical Informatics
Publications: 

Robbins R, Senathirajah Y, Williams NJ, Hutchinson C, Rapoport DM, Allegrante DM, Allegrante JP, Cohall A, Rogers A, Ogedegbe O, Jean-Louis G. Developing a Tailored Website for Promoting Awareness about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Among Blacks in Community-Based Settings. Health Commun. 2018 Jan 17:1-9. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1423865. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29338353.

Senathirajah Y, Wang J, Borycki E, Kushniruk A. Mapping the Electronic Health Record: A Method to Study Display Fragmentation. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017 245:1138-1142. PMID: 29295280.

Senathirajah Y, Kaufman D, Bakken S. User-composable Electronic Health Record Improves Efficiency of Clinician Data Viewing for Patient Case Appraisal: A Mixed-Methods Study. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2016 May 2;4(1):1176. doi: 10.13063/2327-9214.1176. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27195306. PMCID: PMC4862763.

Roman LC, Ancker JS, Johnson SB, Senathirajah Y. Navigation in the electronic health record: A review of the safety and usability literature. J Biomed Inform. 2017 Mar;67:69-79. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2017.01.005. Epub 2017 Jan 11. Review. PMID: 28088527

Kushniruk A, Senathirajah Y, Borycki E. Effective Usability Engineering in Healthcare: A Vision of Usable and Safer Healthcare IT. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;245:1066-1069. PMID: 29295265.

Kushniruk A, Senathirajah Y, Borycki E. Towards a Usability and Error "Safety Net": A Multi-Phased Multi-Method Approach to Ensuring System Usability and Safety. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;245:763-767. PMID: 29295201.

Borycki E, Senathirajah Y, Kushniruk AW. The Future of Mobile Usability, Workflow and Safety Testing. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;245:15-19. PMID: 29295043.

Sockolow P, Schug S, Zhu J, Smith TJ, Senathirajah Y, Bloom S. At-risk adolescents as experts in a new requirements elicitation procedure for the development of a smart phone psychoeducational trauma-informed care application. Inform Health Soc Care. 2017 Jan;42(1):77-96. Epub 2016 Jun 3. doi: 10.1080/17538157.2016.1177532. PMID: 27259373.

Borycki E, Dexheimer JW, Hullin Lucay Cossio C, Gong Y, Jensen S, Kaipio J, Kennebeck S, Kirkendall E, Kushniruk AW, Kuziemsky C, Marcilly R, Röhrig R, Saranto K, Senathirajah Y, Weber J, Takeda H. Methods for Addressing Technology-induced Errors: The Current State. Yearb Med Inform. 2016 Nov 10;(1):30-40. doi: 10.15265/IY-2016-029. Review. PMID: 27830228. PMCID: PMC5171580.

Kuziemsky CE, Nøhr C, Borycki EM, Kushniruk AW, Senathirajah Y. Understanding the Context of Patient Safety Through The Lenses of Three IMIA Working Groups. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;218:40615. PMID: 26262545.

Senathirajah Y. Safer Design - Composable EHRs and Mechanisms for Safety. Stu Health Technol Inform. 2015;218:40602. PMID: 2626532.

Senathirajah Y, Kaufman D, Bakken S. The clinician in the driver's seat: part 2 - intelligent uses of space in a drag/drop user-composable electronic health record. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Dec;52:177-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.09.008. Epub 2014 Oct 24. PMID: 25445921.

Senathirajah Y, Bakken S, Kaufman D. The clinician in the Driver's Seat: part 1 - a drag/drop user-composable electronic health record platform. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Dec;52:165-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Sep 18. PMID: 25240253.

Senathirajah Y, Kaufman D, Bakken S. Beyond copy and paste: clinician approaches to meeting information needs during note writing. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2014;205:599-603. PMID: 25160256.

Merrill J, Phillips A, Keeling J, Kaushal R, Senathirajah Y Effects of automated immunization registry reporting via an electronic health record deployed in community practice settings. Appl Clin Inform. 2013 Jun 12;4(2):267-75. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2013-02-CR-0009. Print 2013. PMID: 23874363. PMCID: PMC3716417.

Senathirajah Y, Kaufman D, Bakken S. Essential questions: accuracy, errors and user perceptions in a drag/drop user-composable electronic health record. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;194:181-7. PMID: 23941953.

Senathirajah Y, Bakken S. Visual clustering analysis of CIS logs to inform creation of a user-configurable Web CIS interface. Methods Inf Med. 2011;50(4):337-48. doi: 10.3414/ME09-01-0087. Epub 2011 Jun 21. PMID: 21691676.

Senathirajah Y, Bakken S. Important ingredients for health adaptive information systems. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;169:280-4. PMID: 21893757.

Senathirajah Y, Kaufman D, Bakken S. Cognitive Analysis of a Highly Configurable Web 2.0 EHR Interface. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:732-6. PMID: 21347075. PMCID: PMC3041363.

Senathirajah Y, Bakken S. Architectural and usability considerations in the development of a Web 2.0-based EHR. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;143:315-21. PMID: 19380954.

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