Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Director, VA HSR&D Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI
Dr. April Savoy’s research interests include the application of human factors engineering to develop, evaluate, and implement socio-technical interventions that will increase efficiency of clinical workflows, enhance care coordination, and improve the quality of healthcare delivery. She has more than 13 years of experience in human factors engineering from industry and academia. Her work has focused on designing information technologies that enhance situational awareness and decision-making across domains including ecommerce, gaming, and military. Since 2014, she has applied her human factors engineering expertise and multi-domain experience to healthcare. Dr. Savoy has developed and evaluated socio-technical interventions that better support and inform healthcare decision-making by healthcare professionals across care settings.
Recently, Dr. Savoy was awarded a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Her project’s goal is to increase awareness of hypoglycemic risks and shared decisions about treatment options among patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes, caregivers, and primary care clinicians.
Dr. Savoy obtained degrees in computer science from Xavier University of Louisiana (B.S.) and Purdue University (M.S.). Her degree in industrial engineering is from Purdue University (PhD).
Enhanced shared decision-making to prompt and guide individualized care for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes
NIH (7/2022 – 6/2027)
Role: Principal Investigator
This project’s goal is to increase awareness of hypoglycemic risks and shared decisions about treatment options among patients with ADRD-DM, caregivers, and primary care clinicians. To that end, I will design an assistive information technology leveraging continuous glucose monitoring and evaluate its impact on care.
Developing E-Triggers to Detect Telemedicine Related Diagnostic Safety Events
AHRQ (12/2022 – 11/2026)
In this project we will first understand what aspects of telemedicine may involve risks of misdiagnosis, then develop electronic methods to identify telemedicine visits where misdiagnosis may have occurred, and finally use all this knowledge to develop risk assessment guidance tools that health care organizations, providers, and patients can use to reduce any risks of misdiagnosis associated with telemedicine.
Improving clinicians’ hypoglycemia awareness for marginalized patients with type 2 diabetes
IU Health (10/2022 – 10/2025)
Role: Principal Inestigator
A Human Factors Investigation of Health Information Exchange: Tools to Support Providers’ Coordination of Medications
(IIR – VA HSR&D, PI: Weiner) (2018-2022)
To identify providers’ underlying cognitive needs in order to develop technology design guidelines for presenting VA and HIE medication data.
Improving Patient Care and Physician Resilience through Effective Veteran-Centered Communication and Documentation Practices
(IIR – VA HSR&D, PI: Frankel) (2018-2023)
The objective is to optimize clinician use of computer-based technology in managing the administrative burdens of preparing for, enacting and documenting ambulatory visits.
Coordination Hub to Promote Research Optimizing Veteran-centric EHR
(SDR – VA HSR&D) (2020-2022)
This nationwide VA hub will support, promote, and enhance health services research and development related to modernization of the electronic health record; deliver timely and actionable research findings to VA decision-makers to improve implementation of the electronic health record.
Strengthening Cerner Implementation for Health Professions Trainees to Optimize Learning and Reinforce Veteran Care
(SCHOLAR) (PEC – VA HSR&D) (2021-2023)
The primary goal of this project is to optimize VA’s electronic health record (EHR) transition to support health professions trainees.