Gerald Douglas, PhD

Research Interests: 

Gerald Douglas, PhD is leading research efforts that will contribute to the elimination of health disparities, improve health care quality, encourage the adoption of personal wellness strategies, and provide support for the development and advancement of underserved communities. Dr. Douglas implemented several innovative approaches to using technology in health care, including the use of a low-power, robust and inexpensive touch screen workstation for clinicians at the point of care in Malawi, Africa. This system guides low-skilled health care workers with little or no computer experience through the diagnosis and treatment of patients according to national protocols.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
Director of Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Publications: 

Fisher AM, Mtonga TM, Espino JU, Jonkman LJ, Connor SE, Cappella NK, Douglas GP. User-centered design and usability testing of RxMAGIC: a prescription management and general inventory control system for free clinic dispensaries. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Sep 10;18(1):703. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3517-8. PMID: 30200939.

Gadabu OJ, Ben-Smith A, Douglas GP, Chirwa-Nasasara K, Manjomo RC, Harries AD, Dambula I, Kang'oma S, Chiumia T, Chinsinga FB. Scaling up electronic village registers for measuring vital statistics in rural villages in Malawi. Public Health Action. 2018 Jun 21;8(2):79-84. doi: 10.5588/pha.17.0116. PMID: 29946524.

Camacho J, Medina Ch. AM, Landis-Lewis Z, Douglas G, Boyce R. Comparing a Mobile Decision Support System Versus the Use of Printed Materials for the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Recommendation: Protocol for Qualitative Evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc 2018;7(4):e104. doi: 10.2196/resprot.9827. PMID: 29653921. PMCID: PMC5924374.

Fisher A. Ding M, Hochheiser H, Douglas G. (2016) Measuring time utilization of pharmacists in the Birmingham Free Clinic dispensary. BMC Health Services Research 16(1-7) DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-17.

Landis-Lewis Z, Douglas GP, Hochheiser H, Kam M, Gadabu O, Bwanali M, Jacobson RS. (2015). Computer-Supported Feedback Message Tailoring for Healthcare Providers in Malawi: Proof-of-Concept. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2015, 814–823.

Landis-Lewis Z, Brehaut JC, Hochheiser H, Douglas GP, Jacobson RS. (2015). Computer-supported feedback message tailoring: theory-informed adaptation of clinical audit and feedback for learning and behavior change. Implementation Science, 10(1), 1.

Driessen J, Cioffi M, Alide N, Landis-Lewis Z, Gamadzi G, Gadabu OJ, Douglas G. Modeling return on investment for an electronic medical record system in Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA. 2012 Nov 9. PMCID: PMC3721156. PMID: 23144335.

Gadabu OJ, Munthali CV, Zacharaiah R, Gudmund-Hinderaker S, Jahn A, Twea H, Gondwe A, Mumba S, Lungu M, Malisita K, Mhango E, Makombe SD, Tenthani L, Mwalwanda L, Moyo C, Douglas GP, Landis-Lewis Z, Chimbwandira F. Is transcription of data on antiretroviral treatment from electronic to paper-based registers reliable in Malawi? Public Health Action. 2011 Sep; 1 (1):10-12(3).

Allain TJ, van Oosterhout JJ, Douglas GP, Joukes S, Gadabu OJ, Darts C, Kapur A, Harries AD. Applying lessons learnt from the ‘DOTS’ Tuberculosis Model to monitoring and evaluating persons with diabetes mellitus in Blantyre, Malawi. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 2011 Jun 27; 16 (9):1077-84. PMID: 21702868.

Douglas GP, Gadabu OJ, Joukes S, Mumba S, McKay MV, et al. Using touchscreen electronic medical record systems to support and monitor national scale-up of antiretroviral therapy in Malawi.PLoS Med. 2010 Aug 10;7(8). pii: e1000319. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000319. PMCID: PMC2919419

Waters E, Rafter J, Douglas GP, Bwanali M, Jazayeri D, et al. Experience Implementing a Point-of-Care Electronic Medical Record System for Primary Care in Malawi. Medinfo 2010. In Press. PMID: 20841657

Waters E, Rafter J, Maganga RT, Fraser HSF, Douglas GP, et al. Integration of a touchscreen system for patient registration and primary care data collection with OpenMRS at Neno district hospital, Malawi. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2009;107.

Douglas GPEngineering an EMR system in the developing world: necessity is the mother of invention. PhD dissertation. Pittsburgh (PA): University of Pittsburgh; 2009.

Fraser HS, Allen C, Bailey C, Douglas G, Shin S, Blaya J. Information systems for patient follow-up and chronic management of HIV and tuberculosis: a life-saving technology in resource-poor areas. Journal of medical Internet research. 2007; 9 (4):e29. PMCID: PMC2223184. PMID: 17951213.

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