Megan E. Salwei, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics

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FOCUS: Human-centered design of health IT, workflow integration

Dr. Salwei’s research applies human factors engineering methods and principles to improve the design of health information technology (IT) to support clinician’s work and improve patient safety. She is particularly interested in how to successfully integrate advanced technologies, such as those based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, into clinical workflow. She is also interested in the design of health IT to support teamwork in healthcare, not just between clinicians, but between the entire healthcare team — clinicians, patients, and their family caregivers. She received a K01 award from AHRQ to design a team-based collaborative technology to improve personalized treatment decision making for breast cancer patients (more).

Research Interests

Human factors engineering, human-centered design, patient safety


BS – Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
MS – Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
PhD – Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Biomedical Informatics –  Vanderbilt University

Research Information

Recent Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  1. Salwei, M. E., Carayon, P., Hoonakker, P., Hundt, A. S., Wiegmann, D., Patterson, B. W., & Pulia, M. (2021). Workflow integration analysis of a human factors-based clinical decision support in the emergency department. Applied Ergonomics, 97, 1-16
  2. Carayon, P., & Salwei, M. E. (2021). Moving toward a sociotechnical systems approach to continuous health information technology design: the path forward for improving electronic health record usability and reducing clinician burnout. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 28(5), 1026-1028
  3. Carayon, P., Hoonakker, P., Hundt, A.S., Salwei, M.E., Wiegmann, D., Brown, R., Kleinschmidt, P., Novak, C., Pulia, M., Wang, Y., Wirkus, E., Patterson, B. (2019). Application of Human Factors to Improve Usability of Clinical Decision Support for Diagnostic Decision-Making: Results of a Scenario-Based Simulation Study. BMJ Quality and Safety. DOI: 10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009857
  4. Salwei, M.E., Carayon, P., Hundt, A.S., Hoonakker, P., Agrawal, V., Kleinschmidt, P., Stamm, J., Wiegmann, D., Patterson, B. (2019). Role Network Measures to Assess Healthcare Team Adaptation to Complex Situations: The Case of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis. Ergonomics, 62(7): 864-879. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2019.1603402
  5. Carayon, P., Wooldridge, A., Hose, B.-Z, Salwei, M., Benneyan, J. (2018). Challenges and opportunities for improving patient safety through human factors and systems engineering. Health Affairs, 37(11): 1862-1869. PMCID: PMC6509351

Also see Dr. Salwei's Google Scholar page.