Patricia Abbott

Dr. Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Associate Professor
Director of the Hillman Scholars
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4158 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-7074
Fax: (734) 647-2416

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • eHealth/mHealth
  • Informatics in Health & Healthcare
  • Global eHealth
  • Implementation science

Dr. Patricia Abbott is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral NIH funded research fellowship in the Department of Computer Science in the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) at the University of Maryland College Park where she focused upon the design of usable and error-mitigating HIT. Dr. Abbott extended her research background in knowledge discovery in large datasets (data analytics) at the HCIL by also focusing upon visualization (making sense of large collections of healthcare data in a way that provides value), human computer interaction, and user-centered design. She has expanded that body of knowledge into low-resource mHealth/eHealth development and study, partnering with the University of Michigan’s Center for Health Communications Research and the  University of Michigan’s Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Dr. Abbott is focused on e-Health/mHealth applications for low-resource settings and vulnerable populations, particularly in Latin America, with a primary focus on non-communicable diseases and digital education.

Dr. Abbott served as a member of the Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section at the US National Institutes of Health.  She was the founding director of the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM), a low bandwidth electronic community of practice - part of the WHO/RHR Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Knowledge Gateway. Patti served as the Co-Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Management while at Hopkins and is now a member of the Office of Global Outreach at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Hispanic Nursing. Dr. Abbott has joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Division of Health Sciences Informatics, and at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon School of Nursing.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • “Wearable Sensors for Elderly Chronic Disease Patients”. University of Michigan Provost Office Third Century Initiative. – PI
  • “Extending the Global Reach of Nursing Education - Haiti”. University of Michigan Provost Office Third Century Initiative. – PI
  • "Effectiveness and Implementation Science for Health Promotion and Chronic Illness Care in Vulnerable Populations". Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. – PI and Program Director. 2012-2017
  • "Understanding Primary Care Teamwork in Context: Implications for HIT Design". AHRQ – Consultant. 2014-2019. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • "Workforce Training Program for Health IT". DHHS - Chair, External Advisory Board. 2015-2017. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Dr. Abbott has been teaching health professionals in informatics since 1997. She was the Director of the Nursing Informatics Graduate Program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing before moving to Johns Hopkins and then the University of Michigan. She has primarily taught graduate level courses across nursing, medicine, and public health programs. Dr. Abbott has mentored over 150 Masters Thesis students, numerous doctoral students, and international scholars over her career in academia. She is a strong advocate for Interprofessional Education and Team-based training, particularly in a rapidly digitizing world.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, University of Michigan CRLT Advisory Board. 2013-2015
  • World Health Organization. WHO eHealth Technical Advisory Group (TAG). (2013-2015)
  • US Department of Commerce; National Institutes of Science & Technology (NIST). Advisor & Co-Editor: Usability to the Certification Standards Team for National Electronic Health Record Systems. NISTIR 7804. (2001-2012)
  • Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, (OCDE), European Commission. Expert Advisor – Benchmarking adoption and use of information technologies in the health sector. (2011-2012)
  • European Commission, German Marshall Fund, and U.S. Mission to the EU. Expert Advisor - with William Kennard, US Ambassador to EU. “e-Innovation in Healthcare.” Brussels. (2011)
  • Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. Appointee: AHRQ Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (THQIT). (2010)
  • European Union - US Advisor to the ARGOS e-Health Project (Translatlantic Observatory for Meeting Global Health Policy Challenges Through ICT-Enabled Solutions). 2010-2012
  • NIH/Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Standing Study Section [BCHI]. 2011-2015
  • Board of Directors; Open Source Electronic Health Records Alliance (OSEHRA). **First woman & first nurse ever elected to this BOD. 2013-2015
  • Co-Founder Red Internacional de Informática en Enfermería. 2011-2014
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine. Appointed to the “Disruption in Healthcare Group” Campus-wide Task Force. 2014-2015

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Named University of Maryland School of Nursing’s “Visionary Pioneer” (25 pioneer alumnae from 125 years of University of Maryland School of Nursing history). 2015
  • Inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI); November 2003.
  • Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing; November, 2000.
  • The Rector’s High Honors Award. University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia. 2007.
  • Nominated as the UM School of Nursing Candidate for University Wide “Outstanding Teacher Award”. 2002.


  • PhD, Operations Analysis/Information System Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 1999
  • MS, Operations Analysis/Information System Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 1996
  • MS, Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 1992
  • RN to BSN, University of Maryland School of Nursing Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 1989

Publication Highlights

  • Abbott, P., Xie, B. (2015 –in press). Big Data in Nursing Research. In Bloch, J., Clark, C., & Courtney, M. (Eds). Practice-Based Clinical Inquiry in Nursing: Looking Beyond Traditional Methods for PhD and DNP Research. Springer, NY.
  • Abbott, P. & Barbosa, S. (2015). Using Information Technology and Social Mobilization to Combat Disease. Acta Paul. Enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.1, pp. 1-1. ISSN 1982-0194.
  • D’Agostino, M., Al-Shorbaji, N., Abbott, P., Bernardo, T., Ho, K., Sinha, C., & Novillo-Ortiz. (2014). eHealth Initiatives to transform health in the Region of the Americas. Rev Panam Salud Publica 35(5/6), 2014.
  • West, P., Abbott, P, & Probst, P. (2014). Alarm Fatigue: A Concept Analysis. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. 18(2). ISSN# 1089-9758. June 2014.
  • Sarkar, N., Dallwig, A, & Abbott, P. (2015). Community Health Nursing Through a Global Lens. In Global Telehealth 2015: Integrating Technology and Information for Better Healthcare; Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (G. Gillis et al., Eds.) IOS Press. E-Book. Accessed 8/2015 at:
  • Abbott, P. & Liu, Y. (2013). Scoping Review of Global eHealth Science. IMIA Yearbook. 2013;8(1):51-8.
  • Mohan, V., Abbott, P., Acteson, S., Berner, E., Devlin, C., Hammond, W., Kukafka, R., & Hersh, W. (2013). Design and Evaluation of the ONC Health Information Technology Curriculum. JAMIA. amiajnl-2013-001683Published Online First: 5 July 2013.
  • Herrick DB, Nakhasi A, Nelson B, Rice S, Abbott PA, Saber Tehrani AS, Rothman RE, Lehmann HP, Newman-Toker DE. (2013). Usability characteristics of self-administered computer-assisted interviewing in the emergency department—factors affecting ease of use, efficiency, and error. Applied Clinical Informatics Jun 19;4(2):276-92.
  • Abbott, P., Foster, J., Marin, H. & Dykes, P. (2013). Complexity and the Science of Implementation in Health IT- Knowledge Gaps and Future Visions. Journal of the International Medical Informatics Association. Advance Online Publication -
  • Patterson, E., Zhang, J., Abbott, P., Gibbons, M., Lowry, S., Quinn, M., Ramaiah, M., & Brick, D. (2013). Consensus Human Factors Recommendations to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care: A Scenario-Based Approach to Safety-Enhanced Design and Quality Management. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2013; 39(3).
  • Abbott, P. (2012). Effectiveness and Clinical Usability of a Handheld Information Appliance. Nursing Research and Practice. Hindawi, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 307258, doi:10.1155/2012/307258.
  • Abbott, P. (2012). Effectiveness and Clinical Usability of a Handheld Information Appliance. Nursing Research and Practice. Hindawi, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 307258, doi:10.1155/2012/307258.
  • Poe, S., Abbott, P., & Pronovost, P. (2011). Building Nursing Intellectual Capital for Safe Use of Information Technology: A Before-After Study to Test an Evidence-Based Peer Coach Intervention. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.
  • Sockolow PS, Lehmann HP, Bowles KH, Abbott PA, Weiner JP. (2011). Advice for Decision Makers Based on an Electronic Health Record Evaluation at a Program for All-inclusive Care for Elders Site. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2 (1); 18-38.
  • Karsh, B., Weinger, M., Abbott, P., Wears, R. (2010). Health Information Technology: fallacies and sober realities. JAMIA 2010;17:617-623