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Onur Asan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Dr. Asan completed his PhD in Industrial Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in human factors engineering. He also holds a minor degree in Applied Statistics. Dr. Asan is primarily interested in the application of theory, methods, and design from the discipline of human factors engineering to understand and enhance health care systems; in particular, interaction between people and technology (socio-technical system) in health care.

He is especially interested in exploring new patient-centered health IT which can facilitate communication and information sharing between patients and health care providers and contribute to improving patient/family-centered care in inpatient and outpatient settings.  His current research focuses on how electronic health records (EHRs) impact doctor-patient interaction overall and how EHRs can be used as a communication and patient education tool which can potentially enhance patient engagement. Dr. Asan also conducts research on the impact of EHRs on workflow, workload and patient safety, and how EHR use impacts cognitive workload of providers.

Dr. Asan has a human computer interaction lab space which is equipped with various research tools and technology:  a) Noldus Observer; the Observer XT 11 is a professional and user-friendly event logging software for the collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data, b) Tobii X2-30 Eye Tracker and Tobii Studio-Professional, and c) portable usability lab.

Our research in the news:

The Daily Northwestern, “New study finds computers are hurting patients' relationship with their doctors.”, “Do EHRs impede or improve dentist-patient communication?”
Sunday Review NewYork Times, “Psst. Look Over Here.”, “Design, distraction, and doctor-patient relationships.”
Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, "10 things medical records won’t tell you."
US News and World Report, "Patients may have to compete with computers for doctors' attention.”
Huffington Post, "Electronic health records may make doctors bad at patient eye contact.", "Hey, doc! Over here! How computers make doctors less emotionally intelligent."
Forbes, "Can you trust what's in your electronic medical record?"


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