April Savoy, PhD

Researcher / Human Factors Engineer / Professor / Mentor

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about me

  • Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute

  • Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

  • Director, VA HSR&D Human Computer Interaction Lab

My research interests include the application of human factors engineering to develop, evaluate, and integrate health information technologies that will increase efficiency of clinicians’ workflow, enhance care coordination, and improve the quality of healthcare delivery.


research interests

Selected Publications

  • Weiner, M., Savoy, A. , & Barry, B. (Accepted). Gains, losses, and uncertainties from computerizing referrals and consultations. Applied Ergonomics.
  • Savoy, A. , Militello, L., Diiulio, J., Midboe, A. M., Weiner, M., Abbaszadegan, H., & Herout, J. (2019). Cognitive requirements for primary care providers during the referral process: Information needed from and interactions with an electronic health record system. International Journal of Medical Informatics.
  • Savoy, A. , Militello, L., Patel, H., Diiulio, J., Flanagan, M., Daggy, J., Russ, A., Weiner, M., and Saleem, J. (2018). A cognitive systems engineering approach to improve the usability of electronic order forms for medical consultations. Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
  • Militello, L., Savoy, A. , Patel, H., Diiulio, J., Flanagan, M., Daggy, J., Russ, A. and Weiner, M. (2018). Hidden complexities in information flow between primary and specialty care clinics. Cognition, Technology, and Work, 1-10.
  • Savoy, A. , Patel, H., Flanagan, M., Daggy, J., Russ, A. and Weiner, M. (2018). Comparative usability evaluation of consultation order templates in a simulated primary care environment. Applied Ergonomics, 73, 22-32.
  • Saleem, J. J., Savoy, A. , Etherton, G., and Herout, J. (2018). Investigating the need for clinicians to use tablet computers with a newly envisioned electronic health record. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 110(2), 25-30.
  • Savoy, A., Patel, H., Flanagan, M., Weiner, M., and Russ, A. (2017). Systematic heuristic evaluation of computerized consultation order templates: Clinicians’ and Human Factors Engineers’ Perspectives. Journal of Medical Systems.


Medical referrals: Closing the communication loop to improve care and avoid delays
By April Savoy |

Human thumb drives are not the answer to communication breakdown

Interview With U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
By April Savoy |

Discussing the Connections of Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, and Informatics.

Woman of the Week at Engineering 360
By April Savoy |

April Savoy was featured as a prominent woman who made significant contributions to engineering or science at Engineering 360.



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CIT-374 Systems and Database Analysis

Intensive exploration of application and database analysis in a synergistic environment. Students engage in collaborative, project-based activities to learn about project management, requirement analysis, modeling, and prototyping employing problem solving and team building skills. Object-oriented and data modeling tools are used to apply class concepts.

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INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics

Computer literacy. Problem solving with information technology; introduction to information representation, relational databases, system design, propositional logic, cutting edge technologies; CPU, operating systems, networks; laboratory emphasizing information technology including webpage design, word processing, and databases using tools available on campus.

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INFO-I 202 Social Informatics

Introduction to key social research perspectives and literatures on the use of information and communication technologies. Discusses current topics such as information ethics, relevant legal frameworks, popular and controversial uses of technology e.g. peer-to-peer file sharing, digital divides, etc. Outlines research methodologies for social informatics.

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INFO-I 300 Human Computer Interaction & Interface Design

The analysis of human factors and the design of computer application interfaces. A survey of current HCI designs with an eye toward what future technologies will allow. The course will emphasize learning HCI based on implementation and testing interfaces.

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INFO-I 400 Informatics Special Topics

This course focuses on the examination of principles of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user experience modeling. Students will learn about user-centered design, usability, and usability testing in the context of digital media (e.g., web sites, mobile applications). Topics covered in the course include aesthetics, human factors, and cognitive psychology as related to user interfaces, navigation, and interactivity.

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INFO-I 491 Capstone Project & Internship

Students culminate their course studies through practical application of concepts and practices working in industry. Course requires prior authorization and approval of internship through the Career Se rvices Office. Required coursework is completed via Oncourse.

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April Savoy, PhD

Human Factors Engineer and Health Services Researcher