Karen Colorafi
Assistant Professor 509-324-7318 SNRS 335 PO BOX 1495

Dr. Karen Colorafi is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing. Dr. Colorafi has enjoyed a fifteen year career in clinical informatics. Her experience as both a clinical nurse and healthcare technology analyst give her unique insight into the needs of ambulatory practices as they adopt, implement, and optimize electronic health records. She specializes in operational assessments, including workflow analysis, and the resultant development and governance of strategic plans to solve front line problems with healthcare delivery. She utilizes health information technology whenever possible with a “people, process, product” philosophy to reach process improvement goals. Her research focuses on patient and family engagement with health information technology. Dr. Colorafi is actively pursuing research opportunities related to big data and the electronic plan of care in order to further national care coordination and patient engagement strategies.


Improving Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in Older Adults Through Enhanced Academic Detailing: Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy Partnerships


  • PhD, Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • MBA, University of Phoenix (Informatics)
  • BScN, University of Toronto (Nursing)
  • BSc, University of Calgary (Health Psychology)


Clinical informatics, Patient and family engagement, Health information technology, Electronic health records, Longitudinal plan of care, Patient portals, Older adults, Multi-morbidities, Care coordination, Health literacy, Big data analytics, Innovation science, Behavioral economics


Clinical informatics, Health information technology, Electronic health records, Clinical quality improvement projects, Ambulatory care


  • Health Information Management Systems Society
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Nursing Informatics Association
  • Arizona State Board of Nursing
  • Nursing Commission, Washington State Department of Health
  • College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia


Colorafi, K. (2016). Connected Health: A Review of the Literature. mHealth, 2(13), 1-15. DOI: 10.21037/mhealth.2016.03.09

Wadsworth, P., Colorafi, K., & Shearer, N. (Under Review, Feb 2016). Using Narratives to Enhance Nursing Practice and Leadership: What Makes a Good Nurse? Nurse Education in Practice.

Jiggins Colorafi, K., & Evans, B. (2016, Jan 19). Qualitative Descriptive Methods in Health Science Research. Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD), Epub ahead of print, 1-11.

Jiggins Colorafi, K. (2015). A Content Analysis of the MU Clinical Summary: Do Clinical Summaries Promote Patient Engagement? Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20, 1-14. doi:10.1017/S1463423615000353

Jiggins Colorafi, K. Computer Use By Older Adults: A Review of the Literature. (2014). Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Research, 3(4), 164-177. DOI: 10.4172/2167-7182.1000164

Marek, K., Stetzer, F., Adamn, S., Denison Bub, L., Schildt, A., & Jiggins Colorafi, K. (2014). Cost effectiveness of home-based nurse care coordination. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62, 2369-2376. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13162

Morse, J., Pooler, C., Vann-Ward, T., Maddox, Olausson, J., Roche-Dean, M., Colorafi, K., Madden, C., Rogers, B., & Martz, K. (2014). Awaiting Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: Strategies of Enduring for Preserving Self. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(4), 350-359. PMID: 24969245

Colorafi, K., Solomons, N., & Lamb, G. (2013). Reducing Avoidable Hospitalization Through Nurse Care Coordination. In G. Lamb (Ed.), Care Coordination: The Game Changer: How Nursing is Revolutionizing Quality Care. Washington, DC: American Nurses Association.

Colorafi, K. (2016). Will chronically ill older adults use the MU Clinical Summary? Poster Presentation: Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA.

Colorafi, K. (2015). Preparing for Patient Centered HIT: Engagement with the plan of care. Poster Presentation: Western Institute of Nursing, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

updated 5/2016