Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI

Lecturer in Anesthesiology; Yale Interdisicplinary Bioethics Center Scholar; Faculty, Program on Biomedical Ethics; Faculty Affiliated Fellow, Yale Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Departments & Organizations

Center for Biomedical Data Science

Center for Medical Informatics

Program for Biomedical Ethics


Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI, of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, is a Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center Scholar, a Faculty Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and Faculty in the Yale Medical School’s Program on Biomedical Ethics, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Solomon Center for Health Policy and Research at the Yale Law School. An editor of two books, the author of more than 90 refereed and invited papers and book chapters, and popular tutorials and sessions at international medical informatics and information systems conferences, her research and consulting concern informatics ethical and legal issues, user perspectives and experiences with health information technology, and ethnographic sociotechnical evaluation. Among her publications in key journals, such as JAMIA, International Journal of Medical Informatics, MISQ, and Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics are some of the most read papers and foundational writings on organizational issues, qualitative/ethnographic sociotechnical approaches, and ethical issues. She was faculty for the American Medical Informatics Association’s People and Organizational Issues Doctoral Consortium, the National Science Foundation Consortium for the Science of Socio-technical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute (2011), and the National Library of Medicine Informatics Course (2015), and the Global Bioethics Initiative 2016 International Bioethics Summer School. Dr. Kaplan was elected twice as chair of AMIA’s People and Organizational Issues Working Group and of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group; and was chair of the IMIA Organizational and Social Issues Working Group. She served on AMIA's Vendor Contract Issues Task Force, having previously chaired the Consumer Health Informatics Task Force. She has five times been appointed to the Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Symposium and twice to the program committee for the ACM Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care (WISH). Dr. Kaplan was a Program Chair of the 2004 conference on Relevant Theory and Informed Practice: A 20 Year Retrospective on IS Research, sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2, The Interaction of Information Systems and the Organization, and an editor of the resulting book. She has taught undergraduate through post-doctoral and professional courses in business, medical, nursing, and arts and sciences programs, as well as on-line graduate and certificate courses in biomedical informatics. Dr. Kaplan is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a recipient of the AMIA President’s Award, and a Hastings Center Scholar.

January, 2016

Education & Training

PhD University of Chicago (1983)
MA University of Chicago (1972)
BA Cornell University (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • Hastings Center Visiting ScholarThe Hastings Center (2014)

  • FellowAmerican College of Medical Informatics (2000)

  • President's AwardAmerican Medical Informatics Association (2000)

Professional Service

  • Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University (2004 - Present) Science, Technology, and Utopian Visions Working Group

  • Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University (2001 - 2005) Working Research Group on Technology and Ethics

  • American Medical Informatics Association - People and Organizational Issues Working Group; Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group (1998 - 2012) People and Organizational Issues Working Group (1998-2000, 2009-2011); Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group (2009-2012); Consumer Health Informatics Task Force (1999-2000).

  • International Medical Informatics Assocation Working Group on Organizational and Social Issues (1998 - 2008) Working Group 13: Organizational and Social Issues


  • Panel - "AMIA Members’ ‘Vital Signs’: What the HIT Implementation Listserv Says About Goals for AMIA and for Medical Informatics,Aarts, J., Adams, S., Kaplan, B., DeMuro, P.R., Solomonides, T Chicago, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Lecture - Ethical Issues in Health Informatics New York, United States (2016)

  • Poster - "What Medical Informaticians Do With and Think About an International Medical Informatics Listserv: Member Survey Preliminary Findings," C. Kuziemsky, M.B. Adams, B. Kaplan, K. Ravvaz, R. Koppel, Medinfo, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2015. Poster. São Paulo, Brazil (2015 - 2015)

  • 2 Lectures - (1) Organizational Issues in Medical Informatics, (2) Ethical Issues in Medical Informatics Young Harris, United States (2015)

  • "From Sentences to Sense Making, From Utterances to Clinical Understanding, From Narratives to Structured Data: A Tutorial on Qualitative Data Coding, Concepts, Methods, and Tools," American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, November 2014. Tutorial co-presented with M. B. Adams, R. Koppel, C. Kuziemsky, and K. Ravaaz. Washington, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Panel: "Data Governance Dilemmas for Research and Clinical Care," Kaplan, B., DeMuro, P.R., Pasquale, F, Talmon, J, Winkelstein, P. Washington, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Tutorial - "Ethnographic Sociotechnical Evaluation for Health Information Technology" United States (2013 - 2013)

  • Panel - Ethical, Legal, and Public Policy Barriers to Unleashing the Full Power of Consumer Health Informatics for Care Delivery, Wetter, T., van Vorhees, B., Kaplan, B., DeMuro, P.R., Waldo, A.B. Washington, United States (2013 - 2013)

  • Healthcare Technology To Improve Safety and Quality in End of Life and Palliative Care United States (2012 - 2012)

  • Information Technology and the Soul of Medicine United States (2012 - 2012)

  • Up Close and Personal: Ethnographic Methods for Informatics Research United States (2011 - 2011)

  • Sociotechnical Design and In-Situ Evaluation for Health Information Technology United States (2011 - 2011)

  • faculty mentor United States (2011 - 2011)

  • Up Close and Personal: Ethnographic Methods for Public Health Informatics Evaluation United States (2010 - 2010)

  • Cyberinfrastructure in Behavioral Medicine - Clarifying the Landscape United States (2008 - 2008)

  • Addressing Social and Ethical Issues in Developing Longitudinal Health Records United States (2008 - 2008)

  • American Medical Informatics Association - Chair, People and Organizational Issues Working Group (1998-2000, 2009-2011); Chair, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group (2009-2012); Chair, Consumer Health Informatics Task Force (1999-2000). United States (1998 - 2012)

    Lead working groups, arranged conference presentations and sessions, coordinated activities with other working groups.

  • International Medical Informatics Association - Chair, Working Group on Organizational and Social Issues United States (1998 - 2008)

    Chaired working group, arranged international conference activities, liaison with other working groups and organizations.

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Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI
Office Location
Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center238 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center
Box 208293

New Haven, CT 06511-8293

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