Vivian West, PhD, MBA, RN

Vivian West
Associate Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Clinical Associate in the School of Nursing

  • 2424 Erwin Road, Hock Plaza, Room 921, Durham, NC 27705
  • DUMC Box 907, Hock Plaza, Room 9021, Durham, NC 27705

(919) 668-0189

Dr. West is the Associate Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics and a clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. She has an extensive clinical career in healthcare management and administration. She earned her MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. West was the National Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality Management for NMC Homecare, a national infusion/respiratory therapy, DME, and homecare company with headquarters in Boston, MA. She was a member of the NMC team appointed to develop the company's first data warehouse. During this time, she also led a clinical team evaluating one of the first glucometers built to transmit data over telephone lines and completed an evaluation of infusion pumps in patients’ homes controlled remotely.

Prior to joining Duke University, she was the NLM Project Evaluation/Research Director for a large four-year telemedicine study conducted at East Carolina University and conducted her doctoral research examining the use of telemedicine in a rural home healthcare agency. She served as a research assistant professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. West has participated in numerous clinical trials while at Duke. She is involved with informatics education in both the Duke Schools of Medicine and Nursing and has been a participant in NIH-funded projects developing informatics education. She has also been a member of a research team on a DOD-funded project looking at Novel Visualizations of Health Related Data. Most recently her research has focused on developing standards for a single IRB. Her interests include remote monitoring and mobile devices for health care, systems analysis, and information visualization.


  • Ph.D. 2002 - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill



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