Alison McCoyAllison B. McCoy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal St., Suite 2001, Room 2023
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6641
Fax: (504) 988-1706


Research Interests:

Biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, public health informatics, health information technology, electronic health records, clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry, healthcare quality improvement, patient safety.


  • AMIA


Educational Background:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston, Houston, TX, 2011
  • PhD, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2010
  • MS, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2008
  • BSCS, Computer Science, Baylor University, Waco, TX 2006


Selected Publications: 

McCoy AB, Waitman LR, Gadd CS, Danciu I, Smith JP, Lewis JB, Schildcrout JS, Peterson JF. "A Computerized Provider Order Entry Intervention for Medication Safety During Acute Kidney Injury: A Quality Improvement Report." American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2010 Nov;56(5):832-841. Epub 2010 August 14. PMID: 20709437.
Sastre EA, Denny JC, McCoy JA,

McCoy AB , Spickard WA .  "Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Impact on Students' Literature Use and Inpatient Clinical Documentation." Medical Teacher. 2011;33(6):e306-312. PMID: 21609166.

Waitman LR, Phillips IE, McCoy AB, Danciu I, Halpenny RM, Nelsen CL, Johnson DC, Starmer J, Peterson JF.  "Adopting Real-Time Surveillance Dashboards as a Component of an Enterprisewide Medication Safety Strategy." Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2011;37(7):326-332.PMID: 21819031. (Selected for listing in the 2012 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics). 

McCoy AB,Wright A, Laxmisan A, Singh H, Sittig DF.  "A Prototype Knowledge Base and SMART App to Facilitate Organization of Patient Medications by Clinical Problems."  AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2011;2011:888-94. Epub 2011 October 22. PMID: 22195147.

Laxmisan A, McCoy AB, Wright A, Sittig DF. "Clinical Summarization Capabilities of Commercially-available and Internally-developed Electronic Health Records." Applied Clinical Informatics. 2012 February 22;3(1):80–93. PMID: 22468161.

McCoy AB, Waitman LR, Lewis JB, Wright JA, Choma DP, Miller RA, Peterson JF. "A Framework for Evaluating the Appropriateness of Clinical Decision Support Alerts and Responses." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2012;19:346-352. Epub 2011 August 17. PMID: 21849334. 

McCoy AB, Waitman LR, Neal EB, Cox ZL, Peterson NB, Bhave G, Siew ED, Danciu I, Peterson JF. "Real-Time Pharmacy Surveillance and Clinical Decision Support to Reduce Adverse Drug Events in Acute Kidney Injury: A Randomized, Controlled Trial." Applied Clinical Informatics. 2012;3(2):221-238. Epub 2012 June 13. PMID: 22719796.

 McCoy AB, Wright A, Laxmisan A, Ottosen MJ, McCoy JA, Butten D, Sittig DF. "Development and Evaluation of a Crowdsourcing Methodology for Knowledge Base Construction: Identifying Relationships between Clinical Problems and Medications." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2012;19:713-718. Epub 2012 May 12. PMID: 22582202.

 McCoy AB, Ottenbacher AJ, Sittig DF, Etchegaray JM. "Understanding Evidence-Based Research Methods: Challenges and Considerations in the Analysis of Survey Data." Health Environments Research and Design Journal. 2012 Summer;5(4):142-5. PMID: 23224813.

Radecki RP, McCoy AB, Sirajuddin AM, Murphy RE, Sittig DF. "Effectiveness of Bar Code Medication Alerts for Elevated Potassium." AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2012;2012:1360-5. Epub 2012 November 3. PMID: 23304415.

Atreya RV, Smith JC, McCoy AB, Malin B, Miller RA. "Reducing Patient re-identification risk for laboratory results within research datasets." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2013 Jan 1;20(1):95-101. Epub 21 July 2012. PMID: 22822040.

McCoy AB, Wright A, Kahn MG, Shapiro J, Bernstam EV, Sittig DF. "Matching Identifiers in Electronic Health Records: Implications for Duplicate Records and Patient Safety." BMJ Quality & Safety. 2013;22:219-224. Epub 29 January 2013. PMID: 23362505.

Wright A, Henkin S, Feblowitz J, McCoy AB, Bates DW, Sittig DF. "Early Results of the Meaningful Use Program for Electronic Health Records."

New England Journal of Medicine. 2013;368:779-780. PMID: 23425186. (Research Letter).

McCoy AB,Melton GB, Wright A, Sittig DF. "Clinical Decision Support for

Colon and Rectal Surgery: An Overview." Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2013;26(1):23-30. 

Wright A, McCoy AB, Henkin S, Flaherty M, Sittig DF. "Validation of an association rule mining-based method to infer associations between medications and problems." Applied Clinical Informatics. 2013;4(1):100-109.

Cox ZL, McCoy AB, Matheny ME, Bhave G, Peterson NB, Siew ED, Danciu I, Bian A, Shintaini A, Peterson JF. "Adverse drug events during AKI and its Recovery." Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013 July 3;8(7):1070-1078. Epub 28 March 2013. PMID: 23539228.

Wright A, McCoy AB, Henkin S, Kale A, Sittig DF. "Use of a Support Vector Machine for Categorizing Free-Text Notes: Assessment of Accuracy across Two Institutions." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2013. Epub 30 March 2013. PMID: 23543111.

Klann JG, McCoy AB, Wright A, Wattanasin N, Sittig DF, Murphy SN. "Health Care Transformation through Collaboration on Open-Source Informatics Projects: Integrating a Medical Applications Platform, Research Data Repository, and Patient Summarization." Interactive Journal of Medical Research. 2013;2(1):e11. PMID: 23722634.


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