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April Savoy, PhD

April Savoy, PhD

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, 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 integrate health information technologies that will increase efficiency of clinicians’ workflow, enhance care coordination, and improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

Her work has innovated the use of smart forms for referral communication, mobile computing in various healthcare settings, and the use of health information exchange (HIE) in making sure that care coordination is executed well.

Recently, Dr. Savoy’s work has enhanced the referral process, reducing the need for patients to act as “human thumb-drives.” Her new prototype for patient referrals will close gaps where referrals fail, either due
to miscommunication or unclear goals. By embedding referrals directly into a patient’s medical record, primary care doctors will avoid gaps in communication with specialists, and their patients will receive better care.

Dr. Savoy obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Xavier University of Louisiana, a master’s of science in Computer Science from Purdue University, and doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University. Following graduate school, she worked in industry as an associate researcher, user interface designer, and project manager.

April Savoy, PhD
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