Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position in Health Information

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position in Health Information Technology
Dr. Hyung Nam Kim is looking for a graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral student) at the College of
Nursing (CON) who is willing to conduct health information technology research with him.
Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant at CON (funding available for a qualified student)
Commitment: 20 hours/week, beginning spring semester 2015
College: College of Nursing
Dr. Kim’s Academic Background: Dr. Kim earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Virginia
Tech’s Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics program in the Department of Industrial and
Systems Engineering. His research interests include mobile health (mHealth) that is designed based on
human-computer interaction and human factors design principles to improve the quality of health care.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee - College of Nursing, he was a Post Doctoral
Fellow at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (Dept. of Pediatrics).
His Recent Research: Dr. Kim worked with Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago to
support very low birth weight (VLBW) infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and their parents,
with attention to post-discharge concerns. His co-authored study published in the Journal of Perinatal and
Neonatal Nursing delivered a list of the NICU parents’ concerns, many of which can be addressed with
improved discharge informational exchanges and anticipatory guidance. In Study 1, he applied his
knowledge of human factors and human-computer interaction to elicit the parents’ needs and translate
them into design features for a technology intervention through focus groups and interviews with NICU
parents, neonatologists, and pediatricians. A NICU-2-Home (N2H) health application (app) was therefore
developed in collaboration with Motorola, Inc. (see Figure 1). Study 2 was a feasibility study to assess the
degree to which the N2H app improves parent’s self-efficacy and enhances parental involvement in their
infant care. The results of his feasibility study showed that the app helped NICU parents feel more
competent in parents’ ability to care for their baby. His study did lead to a better understanding of the
needs of NICU parents of VLBW infants as they transition to home, which can be
applied to other NICUs, with modification even to newborn nursery populations, and
may facilitate the establishment of a medical home. This study provides real-world
evidence of the use of health information technology applications and their ability to
affect health and parenting outcomes.
Figure 1. The N2H health app supporting parents
of premature infants going home from the NICU
His Future Research: Dr. Kim’s future research interests are directed towards a long-term goal of
understanding how to build robust health information technology to improve the quality of health care,
preventing medical errors, and improving access to health care.
Seeking a GRA with the following skills:
1. NVivo
2. Qualitative data collection methods (e.g., interviews or focus groups with health care providers,
patients, family, or both)
3. Content analysis methods (e.g., analysis of interview/focus group transcriptions)
You will be expected to:
1. Collect data using various qualitative research methods
2. Conduct a content analysis by using the grounded theory; you should use the software NVivo.
3. Document the results of the study
For the project management point of view, you will be expected to:
1. Send your weekly report (MS Word/NVivo) 1-2 day(s) before the weekly meeting
2. Attend the weekly meeting at CON to brief your weekly report
Dr. Kim will clearly appreciate some leadership experience, strong language and communication skills,
and a good portion of "can-do" attitude. The preferred candidate will take on his/her given tasks with
strong commitment and deliver expected results in time. You can stay focused and be productive in a
complex setting with multiple goals and expectations.
If you are interested in health information technology and conducting research with Dr. Kim, please
contact Dr. Kim at [email protected]
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kim:
Hyung Nam Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Fellow of Health Information Technology and Simulation Lab (HITS Lab)
University of Tennessee
College of Nursing
1200 Volunteer Blvd, Rm 331
Knoxville, TN 37996
[email protected]
P: (865) 974-2369, F: (865) 974-3569