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College of Nursing


Faculty and Staff

Rita Snyder, PhD, RN

Professor and Endowed Chair in Health Informatics Quality and Safety Evaluation
Director, Healthcare Process Redesign Center
College of Nursing

E-mail: snyderra@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-7164
Fax: 803-777-5576
Office:

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

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Background

Dr. Snyder received her PhD from the University of Arizona and completed a three year National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.

Research (Concept Areas)

Clinical Informatics; Evaluation of Health Information Technology (HIT)
Impact on Clinical Care Processes, Safety and Patient Outcomes; Computer Simulation

Dr. Snyder's research program focuses on clinical workflow processes. Current research addresses the use of innovative technology and methods to examine clinical workflow process characteristics, variation, human interaction, environmental context, and redesign.

Teaching 

Dr. Snyder holds the Endowed Chair in Health Informatics Quality and Safety Evaluation and has extensive teaching experience in health care service and academic settings.  She has developed and taught numerous staff development and continuing education programs in service settings for individuals in diverse roles and health care disciplines.  In academic settings she has taught interdisciplinary graduate courses in the areas of health care systems, health informatics, and research.  She has mentored masters and doctoral students (PhD and DNP) and chaired numerous master’s theses and doctoral dissertations and projects.

Dissemination 

Dr. Snyder's dissemination activities have included manuscript reviewing, publication, and professional presentations. She has reviewed manuscripts for Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Research in Nursing & Health, and the Journal of Healthcare Engineering. Her articles have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Computers in Nursing, Critical Care Quarterly, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Nursing Administration Quarterly, Research in Nursing & Health, and the Western Journal of Nursing Research. Her professional presentations in national and international venues have addressed numerous topics related to organizational development, health care innovation and change, evaluation, and health care informatics.

Professional Service

Dr. Snyder is a member of various professional associations including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the American Nurses' Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI). She is an ongoing participant on national-level ad hoc research review and special emphasis panels for Federal agencies such as the Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ), the National Library of Medicine, and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. She has been a sitting member of AHRQ's Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER) study section.

Professional Practice

Dr. Snyder has practiced in health care organizations and university settings in clinical, administrative, researcher and faculty roles. In these roles she has lead numerous clinical, administrative, educational, and health informatics projects and initiatives. She continues to provide health informatics consultation to health care organizations and academic settings.

Research Studies (Selected)

Grant Title: Development of a Computer Simulation Clinical Process Redesign Prototype for Medication Administration
Funding Agency: University of South Carolina (Internal Endowed Chair Research Funds)
Start/End Dates:  February 2012 thru January 2014
Total Dollars:  $86,692
Investigators: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator, USC Nursing)
Nathan Huynh, PhD (Co-Investigator, USC Engineering)
Jose Vidal, PhD (Co-Investigator, USC Computer Science)
 
Grant Title:  Medication Administration Process (MAP) Computer Simulation Pilot Study
Funding Agency: University of South Carolina (Internal)
Start/End Dates:  November 2010 thru June 2011
Total Dollars:  $5,000
Investigators: Nathan Huynh, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator, USC Engineering)
Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Co- Principal Investigator, USC Nursing)
Consultant: Jose Vidal, PhD (USC Computer Science)
 
Grant Title:  Medication Administration Process (MAP) Analysis Pilot Study
Funding Agency: University of South Carolina (Internal Endowed Chair Research Funds)
Start/End Dates:  May 2010 thru October 2010
Total Dollars:  $5,000
Investigators: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator, USC Nursing)
Nathan Huynh, PhD (Co-Investigator, USC Engineering)
 
Grant Title:  Impact of Community Hospital Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) System on Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Outcomes
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01 HS013131)
Start/End Dates:  September 1, 2003 thru August 31, 2007
Total Dollars:  $1,296,985
Investigators: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator)
Willa Fields, DNSc, RN (Co-Investigator)
Albert Rizos, PharmD  (Co-Investigator)
 
Grant Title:  Organizational Assessment of Readiness to Implement the QualityFIRST ® Medical Risk Management System
Funding Agency: University of Utah Foundation
Start/End Dates:  July 2000 thru August 2001
Total Dollars:  $21,500
Investigator: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator)
 
Grant Title:  Identification of Healthcare Setting Indicators of Readiness for a Clinical Information Technology Innovation
Funding Agency: University of Utah College of Nursing
Start/End Dates:  May 1999 thru April 2000
Total Dollars:  $1,679
Investigator: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator)
 
Grant Title:  Organization Innovation Readiness Scale Instrumentation Study
Funding Agency: University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing
Start/End Dates:  October 1993 thru September 1994
Total Dollars:  $4,500
Investigator: Rita Snyder, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator)

 

Publications (Selected)

Huynh, N., Snyder, R., Vidal, J., Sharif, O., Cai, B., & Bennett, K. (in review). Unbundled versus Bundled
nurse medication administration process: Preliminary findings of a pilot field study. Health Care
Management Science.

Snyder, R., Vidal, J., Cai, B., & Huynh, N. (in review). Assessing multi-observer medication administration
process task agreement using edit distance approach: A case study. Health Systems.

Huynh, N., Snyder, R., Vidal, J., Tavakoli, A.S., & Cai, B. (2012). Application of computer simulation modeling
to medication administration process redesign. Journal of Healthcare Engineering. (4), 649-662.

Fasolino, T., & Snyder, R. (2012). Linking nurse characteristics, team member effectiveness, environment and
medication error incidence. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27(2).

Snyder, R., Huynh, N., Cai, B., & Tavakoli, A.S. (2011). Evaluation of medication administration process: Tools and techniques. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2(4), 527-538.

Snyder, R., & Fields, W. (2010). A Model for Medication Safety Event Detection. International Journal for
Quality in Health Care, March, 1-8.

Fields, W., Tedeschi, C., Foltz, J., Myers, T., Heaney, K., Bosak, K., Rizos, A. & Snyder, R. (2008). Reducing preventable medication safety events by recognizing renal risk. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 22(2), 73-78.

Snyder, R., Abarca, J., Meza, J., Rothschild, J., Rizos, A. & Bates, D.W. (2007). Reliability evaluation of the
adapted National Coordinating Council Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) Index. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 16, 1006-1013.

Snyder, R., & Fields, W. (2006). Measuring hospital readiness for information technology (IT) innovation: A multisite study of the Organizational Information Technology Innovation Readiness Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement 14(1), 45-55.

Snyder, R., Weston, M., Fields, W., et al. (2006). Computerized provider order entry system field research: The impact of contextual factors on study implementation. International Journal of Medical Informatics 75, 730-740.

Snyder, R. (2001). Indicators of organizational readiness for clinical information technology/systems innovation: A Delphi study. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 63, 179-204.

Snyder, R., Corcoran-Perry, S., & Narayan, S. (2001). Developing clinical practice environments supportive of the knowledge work of nurses. Computers in Nursing, 19(1), 17-23.

Staggers, N., Thompson C.B., & Snyder-Halpern, R. (2001). History and trends in clinical information systems in the United States. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 33(1), 75-81.

Snyder, R., & Chervany, N.L. (2000). A clinical information system strategic planning model for integrated health care delivery networks. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 30(12), 583-591.

Snyder, R., & Wagner, M.C. (2000). Evaluating return-on-investment (ROI) for a hospital clinical information system: Case study. Computers in Nursing, 18(5), 213-219.

Snyder, R., & Hoyman, K. (2000). Clinical information system implementation challenges across two merged hospitals: Case study. Computers in Nursing, 18(4), 157-161.

Snyder, R., & Wagner, M.C. (2000). Planning for implementation of a vendor-based clinical
information system: Case study. Computers in Nursing, 18(1), 9-12.

Snyder, R. (2000). Informatics nurse specialist: A role for the new century in health care. Aspen's Advisor for Nurse Executives, 15(4), 1,3-5.

Snyder, R. (1999). A model-based context assessment approach for the informatics nurse specialist consultant. Computers in Nursing, 17(5), 221-228.

Thompson, C.B., Snyder-Halpern, R., & Staggers, N. (1999). Clinical informatics case studies: Analysis, processes, and techniques. Computers in Nursing, 17(5), 203-206.

Snyder, R. (1999). Assessing health care setting readiness for point-of-care computerized clinical decision support system innovations. Outcomes Management for Nursing Practice, 3(3), 118-127.

Refereed Conference Proceedings (Selected)

Snyder, R., Huynh, N., Cai, B., & Bennett, K. (2013, August). Effective healthcare process redesign through
an interdisciplinary team approach. [Abstract]. 14th World Congress in Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo) 2013, August 20-23, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Huynh, N., Snyder, R., Vidal, J., Sharif, O., Cai, B., & Bennett, K. (2013, March). Unbundled versus bundled nurse medication administration process: Preliminary findings of a pilot field study. [Abstract].
7th Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care Conference 2013, March 25-27, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, England, UK.

Tavakoli, A.S., Bo Cai, Snyder, R., & Huynh, N. (2012, April). Calculating multi-rater observation agreement in health care research using the SAS ® Kappa Statistic [Paper]. SAS Global Forum 2012. April 22-25,
Orlando, FL.

Snyder, R., & Bosak, K. (2008, October). An evaluation of nursing medication safety in community hospitals [Abstract]. National State of the Science Congress in Nursing Research 2008, Washington, DC.

Fields, W. & Snyder, R. (2008, April). Impact of a computerized medication safety system interface on medication errors [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2008 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care, Paris, France.

Snyder, R. & Fields, W. (2007, November). Community hospital physician adoption of a CPOE system: Perceptions of readiness, usefulness, and satisfaction [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2007 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Fields, W. & Snyder, R. (2007, November). Community hospital CPOE system implementation: The lived experience of multi-disciplinary healthcare team members [Abstract].  In Proceedings of the 2007 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Snyder, R. & Fields, W. (2005, October). Assessing hospital readiness for computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system innovation [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2005 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, Washington, DC.

Rizos, A., Snyder, R., Rothschild, J., Tedeschi, C. & Fields, W. (2005, October). Multi-method approach for medication safety event detection in community hospitals [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2005 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, Washington, DC.

Tedeschi, C., Myers, E., Heaney, K., Foltz, J., Snyder, R., et al. (2005, May). Improving nursing medication practice by recognizing renal risk [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2005 San Diego Nursing Research Conference, San Diego, California.

Snyder, R., Tedeschi, C., & Fields, W. (2004, July). Medication safety event detection: Methodologies to improve nursing medication practice outcomes [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 2004 Sigma Theta Tau 15 th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

Snyder, R., Blegan, M., Doyle, M., Hull, B., Laack, D., Pepper, G., & Rose, S. (2003, April). Safe medication practice: Informatics project techniques and solutions [Symposium Abstracts]. In Proceedings of the 36 th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference “Responding to Societal Imperatives Through Discovery and Innovation”, Scottsdale, AZ.

Snyder, R. (2002, November). Development and pilot testing of an Organizational Information Technology/Systems Innovation Readiness Scale (OITIRS) [Paper].  In Proceedings of the 2002 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, San Antonio, TX.

Snyder, R., Thompson, C.B., & Schaffer, J. (2000, November). Comparison of mailed vs. Internet applications of the Delphi Technique in clinical informatics research. In Proceedings of the 2000 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.

Snyder, R. (1998, March). Application of a development process model to the design of real time computerized decision support systems (CDSSs) for nurses [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 22 nd Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Conference. Columbus, OH.

Snyder, R. (1994, July). Development and pilot testing of an organization innovation readiness scale [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the Sigma Theta Tau International 7 th International Nursing Research Congress. Sydney, Australia.

Snyder, R. (1994, April). Development and pilot testing of an organization innovation readiness scale [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 27th Annual WIN Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Phoenix, AZ.