Dr. Kimberly Powell Inducted as Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association

Kimberly Powell, assistant professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, was honored at the Clinical Informatics Conference in Minneapolis for her contributions to health informatics and gerontology.


Kimberly Powell, assistant professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA) on May 22, 2024, at the Clinical Informatics Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

The American Medical Informatics Association is a community committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. Over the last 35 years, the use of informatics has grown exponentially to improve health and to make better health care decisions. Today, informatics is key to accelerating the current goals of healthcare reform. FAMIA inductees are recognized for applying informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, demonstrating professional achievement and leadership, and having a sustained commitment to the betterment of AMIA. Powell is among 84 new fellows selected to join the community of more than 500 FAMIA inductees and 5,500 members.

Powell’s research includes areas of health information technology and gerontology. Her scholarly work focuses broadly on health data sharing with providers, patients and informal/family caregivers using technologies such as patient portals, text messaging applications, health information exchange and telehealth.

In 2022, as the principal investigator, Powell and her interdisciplinary team were awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) to show how nursing home staff can securely use HIPAA-compliant text messages to speed up decision-making and prevent residents’ health from declining in a way that can allow residents to be safely cared for in the nursing home without the need for a costly and traumatic transfer to the hospital.


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