Health Informatics for the Underserved

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.

Sample of Related Publications:

Landis Lewis Z, Douglas GP, Monaco V. Touchscreen task efficiency and learnability in an electronic medical record at the point-of-care. Medinfo 2010. In Press. PMID: 20841658

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

Douglas GP, Gadabu OJ, Joukes S, Mumba S, McKay MV, et al. (2010) Using Touchscreen Electronic Medical Record Systems to Support and Monitor National Scale-Up of Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi. PLoS Med 7(8): e1000319. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000319

^