Alissa L. Russ, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
Dr. Russ is a biomedical engineer, human factors engineering specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University. She is a Core Investigator in the VA HSR&D Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Scientist in the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Services Research. Her interests include the electronic health record, computerized provider order entry, medication alerts (e.g., drug-drug interaction alerts), patient safety, and pharmacoinformatics.
Dr. Russ joined the VA Center of Excellence in 2009, after successfully completing a two-year VA HSR&D Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her first pilot grant, “Redesigning Medication Alerts to Support Prescriber Workflow” was funded after the first submission and addressed common design problems that weaken the effectiveness of VA computerized medication alerts. Dr. Russ has also worked with Roudebush VA IT clinical application support personnel to implement a rapid usability evaluation (RUE) protocol and Roudebush VAMC personnel have employed RUE as part of VA operations to identify software usability and patient safety issues prior to clinical implementation. In 2010, she was lead author on the paper, “Electronic Health Information in Use: Characteristics that Support Employee Workflow and Patient Care”, which was published in the Health Informatics Journal and was a most-read article (in the top 10) for this journal from February 2011 through October 2011.
I. VA HSR&D 09/01/2010 - 08/31/2011
"Redesigning Medication Alerts to Support Prescriber Workflow" (PI)
This study will investigate whether software interface redesigns can effectively overcome common workflow barriers associated with the use of computerized medication alerts.
II. VA HSR&D 04/2010 - 03/2013
"Understanding Variations in CPRS Use Among Primary Care Clinicians" (PI: Rich Frankel)
Describe variations in how providers employ the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) during ambulatory care encounters at 3 VA facilities and identify barriers and facilitators to the integration of CPRS into ambulatory care workflow. Role: Co-Investigator.
III. VHA 10/2009 - 09/2011
"Veterans Health Administration Systems Improvement Capability Grant"
To develop and implement a human factors usability method at the Roudebush VAMC so that informaticists can evaluate and improve software designs prior to clinical implementation. Role: Co-Investigator.
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- Russ AL, Zillich AJ, McManus MS, Doebbeling BD, Saleem JJ. “Prescribers’ Interactions with Medication Alerts at the Point of Prescribing: A Multi-Method, In Situ Investigation of the Human-Computer Interaction”, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81(4):232-243, 2012.
- Haggstrom DA, Saleem JJ, Russ AL, Russell SA, Chumbler NR. “Lessons Learned from Usability Testing of a Personal Health Record”, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), Dec; Volume 18 Suppl 1:i13-i17, 2011.
- Saleem JJ, Russ AL, Neddo A, Blades PT, Doebbeling BN, Foresman BH. “Paper Persistence, Workarounds, and Communication Breakdowns in Computerized Consultation Management”, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80(7):466-79, 2011.
- Russ AL, Saleem JJ, Justice CF, Hagg H, Woodbridge PA, Doebbeling BN. “Electronic Health Information in Use: Characteristics that Support Employee Workflow and Patient Care”, Health Informatics Journal, 16(4): 287-305, 2010. (Note: this paper was the second ‘most-read’ article for this journal during the months of February, March, and April 2011, was in the top 10 through Dec 2011, based upon the number of pdf and full-text views.)
- Russ AL, Anderson DE, McGill JJ, Haberstroh KM, and Rundell AE. “Investigating Ischemia’s Proliferative and Morphological Effects: Analyzing the contributions of Hypoxia, Hypercapnia, and Glucose Deprivation”, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 3(2):171-186, 2009.
- Saleem JJ, Russ,AL, Sanderson P, Johnson TR, Zhang J, Sittig DF. “Current challenges and opportunities for better integration of human factors research with development of clinical information systems”, International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook of Medical Informatics 4: 48-58, 2009.
- Saleem JJ, Russ AL, Justice CF, Hagg H, Ebright PR, Woodbridge PA, Doebbeling BN. “Exploring the Persistence of Paper with the Electronic Health Record”, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78(9):618-628, 2009.
- Russ, AL, Dadarlat IA, Haberstroh KM, and Rundell AE. “Investigating the Role of Ischemia vs. Elevated Hydrostatic Pressure Associated with Acute Obstructive Uropathy”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 37(7):1415-1424, July 2009.
- Russ, AL, Haberstorh KM, and Rundell AE. “Experimental Strategies to Improve In Vitro Models of Renal Ischemia”, a review article, Experimental Molecular Pathology, 83(2):143-59, Oct 2007.
- Russ AL (Chair), Militello LG, Saleem JJ, Wears RL, Fairbanks RJ, Karsh B. "Human Factors Education for Healthcare Audiences: Ideas for the Way Forward", panel paper for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, [CD-ROM] 808-812, Sept 2011.