Associate Professor Emerita
Dr. Westra is an Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing. Prior to the University, she was owner of a software company that developed an electronic health record integrated with scheduling and billing for home care, hospice and public health. At the University, her informatics research includes terminology development, application, and evaluation; knowledge discovery in databases; predictive analytics for outcomes; and evaluating and deriving new evidence based guidelines from electronic health record (EHR) data. She leads an interprofessional team to develop information models from flowsheets to extend common data models for comparative effectiveness research. She co-chairs the Architecture and Informatics Committee for the University’s CTSA grant, responsible for development of a clinical data warehouse and tools for researchers to access EHR data. Westra was involved in a 10 site PCORI grant developing a common data model and data standardization. She co-leads a national initiative (Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science)for comparable and sharable nurse-sensitive data to extend big data for data science (http://z.umn.edu/bigdata). The work includes 10 national virtual working groups with annual meetings to report progress.