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I am a Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with a primary appointment in the Health Policy and Management Department under the College of Public Health and a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics under the College of Medicine (Jan '22 - present). With an educational background in informatics, software engineering, and computer science, I conduct translational informatics research to improve pressing healthcare challenges. My current research areas include informatics maturity, data quality, public data access and communication, and IT adoption and use for healthcare quality improvement. I have worked with interdisciplinary teams to address these complex challenges in home healthcare and hospice, healthcare administration, and maternal health.
I received my undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer engineering (Sep '92 - Dec '98) in Izmir, Turkey, where I was introduced to software process improvement research. During my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, I applied statistical and machine learning methods to facilitate focused quality improvement initiatives in large-scale software projects (Jan '99 - Aug '04). As a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Aug '04 - Dec '21), I continued research in several areas, including empirical software engineering, software quality assurance in biomedical open-source software projects, health data de-identification, health IT adoption and use, and data analytics to improve healthcare quality. I have also overseen software development for research and improvement applications. I advised a large number of master’s and PhD students now in industry positions (Microsoft, Amazon, BlueCross BlueShield), and academic positions (Georgetown University, Kuwait University).
I am a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). I serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). Together with colleagues, I played an instrumental role in founding the Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Information and Technology (H3IT) Conference, and have served as its Organizing Chair since '14 (https://h3it.org). H3IT uniquely brings researchers and practitioners together to achieve evidence-based diffusion of informatics innovations in home health care. Since Aug '21, I have been an Associate Editor for the Learning Health Systems (LHS) Journal, responsible for the Computable Biomedical Knowledge (CBK) track.