Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D.

Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., came to the iSchool in 2012, bringing an extensive background in research related to health care and health informatics, particularly focused on information technology and user experience. Her interests center on improving patient safety outcomes by improving the user experience of health information technology, and sociotechnical approaches to improving health outcomes for a diverse cultural population. Dr. Meehan bridges academic research to industry applications and standards.  Her previous experience includes senior research roles with Intuit, Inc., a fortune 500 company, as well as Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Department of Sociology.  She also has served as senior research scientist at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, and senior research associate at Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society (I.D.E.A.S., Inc.). Meehan holds a B.S. in biology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.; a master’s and a Ph.D. in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, with concentrations in medical sociology and gerontology.

*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the great work they do on one page. Listed below is a small selection of recent work. Further information can be viewed in Dr. Meehan’s CV (found below), on her Google Scholar page, on ResearchGate, or on her personal website.


Academic Programs
Health Informatics
User Experience Design

HI 60414        Human Factors and Usability in Health Informatics
HI 60415        Inquiry And Assessment in Health Informatics
HI 60403       Health Information Systems
UXD 60001    User Experience Design: Principles and Concepts
CCI 80001      Foundations of Research in Communication & Information

Research Specialties

Healthcare Information Technologies & SystemsHealthcare EcosystemInformation System DesignUsabilityUser Experience

Selected Publications

Meehan, R. (2020). The need to optimize the electronic health record: Usability issues in legacy systems can compromise patient safety. In Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2020), 5, 609-613. Scitepress. ISBN: 978-9897583988 

Meehan, R.  (2019). Transitions from acute-care to long-term care: Evaluation of the continued access model.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(4), 510-529.

Meehan, R., Kawalec, J., Caldwell, B., & Putman, D. (2018). Proficiency of first year podiatric medical residents in the use of electronic medical records. Perspectives in Health Information Management (Winter 2018), 1-14. Retrieved from

Meehan, R., and Staley, J. (2017). Facilitating participation of long term care in Accountable Care Organizations through Health Information Exchange. Perspectives in Health Information Management, (Summer), 1-7. Retrieved from

Meehan, R., Mon, D., Kelly, K., Rocca, M., Dickinson, G., Ritter, J., & Johnson, C. (2016). Increasing EHR system usability through standards:  Conformance criteria in the HL7 EHR system-functional model. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 63, 169-173.


Co-Investigator on project “Smart Translation for Enabling and Aiding Multi-cultural Populations [STREAM]” (with N. Egbert, Q. Guan, & S.Katila), funded by the College of Communication and Information, Research and Creative Activities, Kent State University

Professional Service

  • HIMSS- Xcertia Health App Work Group  (2020 - Present)
  • HL7 (Health Level Seven International) Electronic Health Record Usability Work Group, (2013 - 2018)
  • International Program Committee and Reviewer for the International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies Health Informatics (HEALTHINF) Conference (2016 - Present)
  • Reviewer for AMIA Annual Conference
  • Reviewer for HIMSS Annual Conference
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Clinical Informatics (2019 - Present)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Biomedical Informatics (2016 - Present)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Gerontology (2015 - Present)


  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Member (2012 - Present)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Member (2012 - Present)
  • Northern Ohio Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NOHIMSS), Member (2013 - Present)
  • Leading Age -Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), Member (1999 - 2014)
  • User Experience Professional Association (UXPA), Member (2008 - Present)


Ph.D. in Sociology with Concentrations in Medical Sociology & Gerontology from Case Western Reserve University, M.A. in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, B.S. in Biology from St. Mary's College - Notre Dame


Health Informatics, Medical Sociology, Gerontology, Experience Design Research