Component Authors


Patricia (Patti) Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN, JHU School of Nursing

Patricia Abbott is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Nursing and Medicine.  She is a member of the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Council (HITAC), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  She has a master’s degree in Nursing Informatics.  Her second master’s and PhD are in Operations Analysis/Information Science, and and she recently completed a two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Human Computer Interaction.  She is the Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and serves on the Executive Board of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


David Hinton, Howard Community College

David M. Hinton is an Associate Professor at Howard Community College, where he teaches a wide range of career and transfer technology courses. He has extensive knowledge in working with certificate and career seeking students. He has taught Introduction to Computer Repair and Advanced Computer Repair. He has also designed and taught curriculum for Computer-Aided Design, Computer Game Design and Simulation, 3D Animation and Visualization. He has served as support liaison for training faculty online learning management systems. During the summer months, he teaches middle school students 3D Animation and Visualization. He has a bachelor of science in Business Information Systems.


Robert Kolodner, MD, FACMI

Robert M. Kolodner, MD is co-founder and President of Collaborative Transformations, LLC, which consults with government and non-profit organizations regarding their health IT strategies and plans.  In addition, he serves as the Chief Health Informatics Officer for Open Health Tools, Inc. Dr. Kolodner brings to his current activities a wealth of experience in health IT from 31 years of federal service and leadership in two Departments—Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services.

From 2006 to April 2009, Dr. Kolodner served as the president’s designated lead for the United States eHealth initiative as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT) in Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Kolodner received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and completed his psychiatric residency at the Washington University School of Medicine.  Dr. Kolodner has medical specialty board certification in psychiatry and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics.


Michael Vaughn, MS, JHU School of Nursing 

Michael Vaughn is currently assistant dean for information and technology integration at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and was previously an assistant dean for information systems at the Indiana University School of Nursing.  He has over twelve years of experience leading the integration of technology into health education, research, and practice.  In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of a complex IT organization and critical information systems, he has pioneered the introduction of many cutting-edge technologies into nursing education, developed innovative technologies to enhance patient education and improve health outcomes, and consulted on the design and construction of state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities.

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