Halley Ruppel, PhD, RN
Halley Ruppel’s primary research interest is the integration of technology into the acute care environment with the goal of optimizing patient safety and clinical outcomes. Advances in healthcare technology have both improved patient care and led to unintended consequences. For example, the proliferation of low-value data and false alarms and alerts in the hospital impedes care and negatively affects patient safety. Excessive uninformative alarms from physiologic monitors have been linked to alarm fatigue, a key patient safety issue. Through her research, Dr. Ruppel seeks to identify practical and sustainable interventions to alleviate information overload and alarm fatigue in the hospital.
“I am passionate about improving patient safety and outcomes by optimizing the use of technology and data in the hospital. This includes mitigating unintended consequences of technology, like alarm fatigue and information overload, and testing innovations that facilitate high quality nursing care.”
- PhD, Yale University , 2018
- MS, New York University , 2013
- BSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Dr. Ruppel’s research to date has focused on two of the most used technologies in the acute care environment—physiologic monitors and the electronic health record (EHR). Some examples of her recent work include addressing clinical alarm management to reduce alarm burden and leveraging predictive analytics to support synthesis of EHR data for clinical practice. Her research is grounded in her background as a pediatric critical care nurse and draws on her training in qualitative and mixed method designs as well as data science and informatics. Her goal is to ensure that technologies are used safely, appropriately, and effectively, while minimizing burden and noise, in pediatric acute care environments.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Dr. Ruppel is core faculty in the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute. She collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues at CHOP to conduct research related to alarms and monitoring. Dr. Ruppel is excited to mentor students interested in research.
Selected Career Highlights
- 2017 - 2020 Member of the Board, Healthcare Technology Foundation
- 2019-2020 UCSF/KPNC BIRCWH K12 Career Development Award
- 2018 Anthony DiGuida Delta Mu Research Prize for dissertation excellence, Yale School of Nursing
- 2015 - 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, Yale School of Nursing