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Azizeh K. Sowan


Associate Professor

The University of Texas Health at San Antonio

Azizeh Sowan is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio School of Nursing, and the Safety Coordinator and Informatics Consultant for the University Hospital System, a magnet hospital in SA, TX.

Dr. Sowan research aims to advance patient safety by eliminating technology hazards through informatics, analytics, and management of complex large health care enterprise data. As a pioneer in utilizing large log data from physiologic monitors to improve alarm system safety, her published evidence-based guidelines are foundational to significant change in technology hazards research methods. Her national and global leadership influence on alarm safety is demonstrated by her invited perspective in JAMA Pediatrics, consultative leadership with Philips Healthcare to create multidisciplinary international “Alarm System Safety Management Protocol”, and her published Alarm Safety Education Program through the National Coalition on Alarm Safety Management Task Force (Consultative Leadership).

Dr. Sowan has led significant initiatives in developing and testing decision aids and protocols for patient and family engagement; and building an infrastructure for research and evidence-based practice. AHRQ featured her Protocol for Multimedia Patient Decision Aid Programs as an impact case study on their website. She received the League of Arab States Award for Best Nursing Project related to Creating a Culture for Evidence-based Practice in 15 Jordanian hospitals, and was the recipient of two Distinguished Research Awards by the AMIA and SCCM.

Dr. Sowan is a graduate of the University of Jordan (BSN/MSN), the University of Maryland (PhD), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (MSDA/MBA).

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