Po-Yin Yen is an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and Goldfarb School of Nursing at BJC HealthCare.
Dr. Yen’s contributions to nursing are centered on creating a user-friendly health IT environment through promoting the academic-practice partnership and supporting nurses in becoming full partners in health IT adoption, implementation, design, and innovation. She worked closely with nurses on diverse practice-driven research such as using patient portals to enhance patient engagement, investigating clinician burnout, and informing workflow and health IT redesign. She led time-and-motion studies to investigate nurses’ workload, and she developed a knowledge discovery tool deploying machine learning approaches and visual analytics to advance information querying and support evidence-based practice. To help diagnose and ameliorate nursing activities, she invented a novel approach to visualize patterns of nursing activities that successfully identifies multitasking behaviors and unnecessary interruptions. Her work has been published in high impact journals and presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Yen was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Harriet H. Werley Award at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium for her exceptional scholarship and contribution to the advancement of nursing science through informatics. She is an editorial board member of the top informatics journal, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr. Yen received her BSN from National Cheng-Kung University, MS in Medical Informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University, and PhD in Nursing from Columbia University, where she specialized in Nursing Informatics.