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Laurie Lovett Novak, Ph.D., M.H.S.A.

Assistant Professor (Department of Biomedical Informatics)

Email: laurie.l.novak@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: (615) 936-6497
Fax: (615) 936-1427

Laurie Lovett Novak, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., is an anthropologist specializing in medical and business/industrial applications, and is Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Informatics. Her research has focused on the relationship between information systems and work in clinical settings, especially activities related to design and implementation of large-scale clinical informatics systems. Current investigations examine communication, coordination and articulation work during sociotechnical transitions. Other areas of interest include the social construction of risk and safety among clinicians and patients, and strategies employed by clinicians to create safety and time during the implementation of new technology. Dr. Novak also has a professional background in health care quality improvement and a master’s degree in health services management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In the biomedical informatics training program, Dr. Novak lectures on organizational studies, methods in qualitative research and economic evaluation.

Education & Training
B.A. – Finance, Murray State University
M.H.S.A. – Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan
Ph.D. – Medical and Organizational Anthropology, Wayne State University

Recent Publications

  1. Lovett, Laurie and RM Massanari: The role of surveillance in emerging health systems: Measurement is essential but not sufficient. American Journal of Infection Control 27(2):135-40, 1999.
  2. Novak, Laurie: Designing Care: Cultural Factors in the Design of Clinical IT Systems. Dissertation, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2005.
  3. Novak, Laurie: Making Sense of Clinical Practice: Order Set Design Strategies in CPOE. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2007: 568-572.
  4. Lorenzi, Nancy, Laurie Novak, Jacob Weiss, Cynthia Gadd and Kim Unertl: Crossing the Implementation Chasm: A Proposal for Bold Action. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 15(3):290-296, 2008.
  5. Miller, Anne, Laurie Novak, Matthew Weinger and Peter Buerhaus: Processes and support tools for interhospital neonatal patient transfer: A preliminary study. Conference Paper, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2008.
  6. Novak, Laurie and Kathy Moss: Medication Barcode Scanning. Code "Moo": Dead COW. A Case Study. Lorenzi, N.M., Ash, J.S., Einbinder, J., McPhee, W., Einbinder, L. Transforming Health Care Through Information. Springer Verlag of New York, (3rd Edition) (accepted).
  7. Novak, Laurie, Nancy M. Lorenzi: Barcode Medication Administration: Supporting Transitions in Articulation Work. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2008 Nov 6:515-19.
  8. Unertl, Kim M. Novak, Laurie L., Kevin B. Johnson, Nancy M. Lorenzi: Traversing the many paths of workflow research: Developing a conceptual framework of workflow terminology through a systematic literature review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 17:265-73, 2010.


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