Departments & Organizations
Dr. Abujarad’s primary research area is in Health Information Technology (HIT). Dr. Abujarad’s work is innovative in its uses and the way it supports HIT research. His specific research interests focus on the area of mobile-health technology, human-computer interaction, and systems that provide real-time background searches. His overarching aim is to apply his in-depth knowledge and methodological expertise to address major health disparities in vulnerable populations by developing technologies that optimize the human interface of complex systems. Currently, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are funding his research to enhance quality of care, reduce disparities and improve patient safety.
Dr. Abujarad is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on an R21 grant “Patient Centered Virtual Multimedia Interactive Informed Consent (VIC)” funded by AHRQ to utilize mobile-health in developing and testing a web-based, patient centered, virtual, multimedia, and interactive informed consent process. The VIC system will enhance the quality of care and patient safety, as it will improve patient comprehension in the informed consent process. Also, He is the PI on the “Michigan Workforce Background Check-Enhancement Project” from CMS and the “Health Information Technology to Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation” from Michigan State University (MSU) and a Co-Investigator on the grants “Automated Bilingual Computerized Alcohol Screening & Intervention in Latinos” from National Institutes of Health (NIH), and “Clinical Decision Support for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” from AHRQ. He also serves as co-investigator on an R01 funded random control trial in the Yale Emergency Department.
Dr. Abujarad's work focuses on both the theoretical aspects of the software development as well as on building patient-centered tools. His work was inspired by the observation in distributed computing called fault-tolerance. Moreover, as part of software engineering, it is often necessary to modify a program to add fault-tolerance to faults that were not considered in the original design. With this understanding, he developed new algorithms for automated synthesis in addition to parallelizing existing algorithms. He has contributed to the advancement in the field of automated synthesis. He co-authored a book chapter titled Stabilizing Interference-Free Slot Assignment for Wireless Mesh Networks in Guide to Wireless Mesh Networks. He has published and presented widely in the tier one journals for engineering on automated model revision topics.
Dr. Abujarad published and presented widely on human-computer interaction and automated model revision topics. He was the principal investigator on a federally funded research project that applied engineering principles to improve the safe administration of opioids in patient-controlled analgesia in both inpatient and home-based primary care settings. Also, he was the Yale-PI on the development of the Delaware Background Check System for the Delaware Health and Social Services Department, the Criminal History System (CHS) for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, and the State Of Maine Department of Health and Human Services to develop the Maine Background Check Program (MEBCP).
Education & Training
|PhD||Michigan State University (2010)|
|MSc||Michigan State University (2005)|
Honors & Recognition
Merit of AchievementsCollege of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University, USA (2006)
Fulbright FellowshipFulbright (2004)