Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, CPHIMS, is a Nurse Researcher/Assistant Professor for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University School of Nursing, respectively.
Dr. Cato worked as a staff nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital providing care for surgical oncology patients and as a clinical analyst, working on projects to improve patient safety through the use of the hospital’s electronic systems. Dr. Cato’s program of research focuses on the use of data science to investigate ways of improving patient safety, quality of care, and individual health. Towards these goals, Dr. Cato’s previous work has included National Institute of Health funded research in health communication via mobile health platforms, shared decision making in primary care settings and data mining of electronic patient records. His current projects include automated data mining of electronic patient records to discover characters about a patient that are often missed by clinicians. He has published his findings in numerous peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.
Janet Stifter, PhD, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC, is the Vice President of Operations for Perioperative and Interventional Services and Professional Nursing Practice at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC). Dr. Stifter received her PhD and Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her dissertation examined the impact of nursing staffing (relational nurse continuity) on the incidence of hospital-acquired safety events. She also has research interests in usability testing of electronic health records and the influence of structured nurse leader development on the care environment and subsequent patient/nursing staff outcomes. Dr. Stifter has over 30 years of experience in progressive nursing leadership. She is a strong advocate for quality and safety in healthcare with past positions that focused on accreditation, regulatory compliance, professional development and evidence-based practice. Dr. Stifter also holds an affiliation with the Rush University College of Nursing as an assistant professor and is a certified practitioner of healthcare quality and nursing administration.