D. Anthony Tolentino, Ph.D., RN-BC

D. Anthony Tolentino

Research Fellow
National Clinician Scholars Program Fellow, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

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


  • Healthcare informatics
  • User experience with the EHR
  • Type-2 diabetes among Filipinx-/Americans
  • Technology-based interventions
  • Data mining using Markov chain analysis or sequential pattern mining

Dr. Tolentino is board-certified in nursing informatics with more than a decade of informatics experience in acute and ambulatory settings. His areas of interest include human factors in the EHR, health information technology life cycle, and development of technology-based interventions. He uses the data-information-knowledge (DIK) model as his guiding framework in his practice as an informatics nurse. He has implemented numerous health information technology (HIT) projects geared toward the improvement of patient safety and work efficiency.  His dissertation research expanded nursing knowledge by examining nurses’ EHR workflow using data mining techniques (i.e., Markov chain analysis and sequential pattern mining) proposing pragmatic solutions to redesign EHR screens. He has also completed a regression analysis of the task-technology fit concept to nurses’ performance within the EHR. His goal as a National Clinician Scholars fellow is to develop culturally-tailored, technology-based interventions for Filipinx-/Americans with Type 2 diabetes.


Before joining Michigan, Dr. Tolentino was a nurse informaticist and EHR educator for one of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the US. He has taught EHR programs and clinical workflows, and other hospital-based technology systems. He’s been teaching graduate students since 2013 at San Franciso State University School of Nursing. He has primarily taught informatics and education for advanced nursing practice. He has experience with blended teaching and has used a constructivist epistemological approach to teaching and learning. His primary role as an EHR educator and a graduate-level lecturer has been to create appropriate learning environments wherein learning is based on interactions within a social and technological context providing authentic representation of real practices. Dr. Tolentino believes that learning is constructed by a meaningful interaction between the learner and the teacher, combined with existing knowledge and experiences.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau Beta Mu Chapter, 2020-present
  • Member, American Nurses Association\California – 2019-present
  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association, 2016-present
  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association, 2016-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Dissertation grant, Frederick Lange Memorial Endowment (University of Arizona Foundation), 2019
  • Awardee, University of Arizona College of Nursing Scholarship Endowment, 2017
  • Nursing Excellence Award in Leadership-EHR, Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, 2012
  • Acadmic Excellence Award in Nursing, San Francisco State University School of Nursing, 2006
  • Academic Excellence Award in Nursing, San Francisco State University School of Nursing, 2006


  • Ph.D. Nursing, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2020
  • M.A. Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 2012
  • B.S. Nursing, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 2006

Publication Highlights

  • Tolentino, D.A. and Gephart, S.M. (2020). State of the science of nurses’ user experience when using the electronic health record. Computers, Informatics Nursing. (In press).

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