Kate Trout

Kate Trout

PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Trout's research focuses on the use of health information technologies, such as electronic health records, to improve health care in the U.S. and internationally.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. – Health Services Research, Administration, & Policy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • MPH – Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • B.S. – Biological Sciences, Peru State College

Courses taught

  • Hlth_Sci 3400 Global Public Health & Health Care Systems

Research interests

  • Data-Driven Health Policy
  • Health information technologies (HITs) in healthcare organizations and systems
  • Health Data Ecosystems
  • Rural Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Access to health care in underserved, low-resourced populations
  • Vector-borne diseases

Large scale datasets collected by Information Technologies have continued to have an increasing role in nearly every sector of the economy over the past decade and will continue to do so in the next. Despite national goals of achieving interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) and enhanced clinical decision making, health data remains fragmented. Dr. Trout’s research interest lies at the intersection of Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Informatics to develop novel, data-driven approaches to rural health issues. Dr. Trout is a health services researcher and epidemiologist with research focusing on the utilization of Health Information Technologies (HITs) such as EHRs, Telehealth, and M-health to improve access, efficiency, safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States and internationally. Her research focuses on leveraging HITs to improve health service outcomes, access to healthcare, and improving data ecosystems with an emphasis on rural and low-resource settings. Effectively incorporating HITs at the system-level and improving the health data ecosystem will create an environment that supports utilizing big data to inform health policy and evidence-based decision making.

Selected publications

* Student publication

Trout, K. E., Chen, L. W., Wilson, F. A., Tak, H. J., & Palm, D. (2021). The Impact of Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use on Inpatient Quality. Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality. DOI: 10.1097/jhq.0000000000000314. PMID: 34267170

Trout, K. E., & Chen, L. W. (2021). Geographic distribution of bed occupancy during the COVID‐19 epidemic in the United States: A nationwide study. Health Science Reports, 4(2).

Kiselica, A. M., Johnson, E., Lewis, K. R., & Trout, K. E. (2021). Examining racial disparities in the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 1-8.

*McMann, N., & Trout, K. E. (2021). Assessing the knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding sexually transmitted infections among college students in a Rural Midwest Setting. Journal of Community Health, 46(1), 117-126.

Trout, K. E., Chaidez, V., & Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. (2020). Rural-Urban Differences in Roles and Support for Community Health Workers in the Midwest. Family & Community Health43(2), 141-149.

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