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Dana M. Womack

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Nurse Scholar in Residence, Nursing Admin Support


Dana M. Womack, PhD, RN is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. She is an AHRQ-funded K12 fellow in the NW Center of Excellence & K12 in Patient Centered Learning Health Systems Science. Her research interests include application of data science methods to challenges including dynamic detection of clinician overload, clinician well-being, and system resilience. Current research focuses on understanding relationships between granular patterns of activity and perceived appropriateness of patient assignment in the intensive care unit setting. 

Education and training

    • B.S., 1993, Andrews University
    • M.S., 2000, University of Utah
    • Ph.D., 2018, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship

    • 2019 Learning Health Systems Science Fellow, NW Center of Excellence & K12 in Patient Centered Learning Health Systems Science
    • 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Library of Medicine

Memberships and associations:

  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association
  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Areas of interest

  • Secondary use of ambient workplace data e.g. log files, operational transaction files
  • Applied data science
  • Real-time analytics
  • Organizational resilience
  • Nursing informatics

Honors and awards

  • 2016 AMIA Student Design Competition Winner
  • 2014 AMIA Student Design Competition Winner


Selected publications

  • Womack DM. Recognition of Hospital Work System Strain through Knowledge Elicitation, Multi-Source Data Integration and Analysis. [Print]. Oregon Health & Science University, 2018 June.
  • Totten AM, Womack DM, Eden KB, McDonagh MS, Griffin JC, Grusing S, Hersh WR. Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes from Systematic Reviews. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2016 June.
  • Swick M, Doulaveris P, Bagnall T, Womack D. Application of simulation technology to enhance the role of the professional nurse. J Nurs Adm. 2012 Feb;42(2):95-102.
  • Bria, W., Womack, D., Kennedy, R. Learning from the EHR for Quality Improvement: A Descriptive Study of Organizational Practices. Journal of Health Information Management 26(3), 46-51. 2012.
  • Womack, D., Newbold, S.K., Staugaitis, H, Cunningham, B. Technology’s role in addressing Maryland’s nursing shortage: Innovations and examples. A report of the Technology Workgroup of the Maryland Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing. Maryland Board of Nursing, 2004.
  • Womack, D., Lyons, A., Roskos, J., Byrne, F., Staggers, N. Student perspectives on creating completely web-based graduate programs in nursing informatics. Computers in Nursing 17(5), 2012-214. 1999.


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