Karthik Adapa

Assistant Professor
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Pronouns: He/Him/His


Faculty Expertise:

Clinical informatics, systems analysis, human factors engineering, patient safety, machine learning, implementation science, cognitive workload, and usability.

MBBS (Medicine), Nagpur University, India
MA (Public Policy), Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
MPH (Health Policy and Management), Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ph.D. (Health Informatics), UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Karthik Adapa's work broadly focuses on designing, developing, implementing, validating, and evaluating health information technology (IT) interventions. Dr. Adapa uses methods from human factors engineering, implementation science, and machine learning based on his training in internal medicine, public health, public policy, and health informatics.

Dr. Adapa's current research efforts focus on understanding a) how mental workload, usability, and performance are related to each other during providers' interaction with health IT b) how to develop effective simulation-based testing to evaluate health IT interventions c) how to design, develop, and implement health IT interventions focused on improving providers' well-being, quality of care, and patient safety. Most recently, Dr. Adapa (with colleagues) designed, developed, implemented, validated, and evaluated a dosimetry quality assurance checklist in the radiation oncology clinic of an academic cancer center.

Courses regularly taught:
INLS 582: Systems analysis
CHIP/INLS 418: Human Factors in Healthcare

Awards and Recognition:
2021: American Medical Informatics Association Student Design Challenge, Selected among Top 5 designs, AMIA Annual Symposium
2020: UNC Chancellor’s Doctoral Advancement Award, UNC Graduate School  
2018: American Medical Informatics Association Student Design Challenge, Selected among Top 3 designs, AMIA Annual Symposium 
2018: UNC Graduate School Doctoral Merit Assistantship, UNC Graduate School
2018: Delta Omega Award for best student research poster, Gillings School of Global Public Health
2017: UNC Gillings School of Public Health Award, Gillings School of Global Public Health
2016: Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
2009: Merit Award in Public Administration, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, India
2008: Secured All India Rank 1 in Civil Services Examination 2007, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi

Selected Publications:
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Adapa, K, Tracton G, Mosaly P, Yu F, McGurk, R, Moore C, Dooley J, Das S, Mazur L (2023). Using the TURF Framework to Design an Enhanced Dosimetry Quality Assurance Checklist in an Academic Medical Center. In: Marcus, A., Rosenzweig, E., Soares, M.M. (eds) Design, User Experience, and Usability. HCII 2023. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 14034. Springer, Cham. https://doi-org/10.1007/978-3-031-35705-3_18 

Pillai, M., Adapa, K., Foster, M., Kratzke, I., Charguia, N., Mazur, L. (2022). An Interpretable Machine Learning Approach to Prioritizing Factors Contributing to Clinician Burnout. In: Ceci, M., Flesca, S., Masciari, E., Manco, G., Raś, Z.W. (eds) Foundations of Intelligent Systems. ISMIS 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 13515. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-16564-1_15 

Adapa K, Tracton G, Mosaly P, Yu F, McGurk, R, Moore C, Dooley J, Das S, Mazur L.  Human-Centered Participatory Co-design of a Dosimetry-Quality Assurance Checklist in an Academic Cancer Center. In: Duffy, V.G. (eds) Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management. Health, Operations Management, and Design. HCII 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13320. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-06018-2_1  

Foster, M. Foster M, Adapa K, Cole A, Khasawneh A, Mazur L. (2022). Designing a Workplace Violence Reporting Tool for Healthcare Workers in Hospital Settings. In: Fui-Hoon Nah, F., Siau, K. (eds) HCI in Business, Government and Organizations. HCII 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13327. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05544-7_28 

Cole, A., Khasawneh, A., Adapa, K., Mazur, L., Richardson, D.R. (2022). Development of an Electronic Healthcare Tool to Elicit Patient Preferences in Older Adults Diagnosed with Hematologic Malignancies. In: Gao, Q., Zhou, J. (eds) Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Technology in Everyday Living. HCII 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13331. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05654-3_14  

Mazur LM, Marks LB, Das S, McGurk R, Adapa K, Amos A, Gu D, Shultz B, and Chera B. Patient Safety, In Wolters Kluwer Health: 5th Edition of Khan’s Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology. Chapter 1, pp. 1-25, 2021. Part of ISBN: 978-1-97-516201-6    

Pillai M, Shumway J, Adapa K, Dooley J, McGurk R, Mazur L, Das S, Chera B, 2023Augmenting Quality Assurance Measures in Treatment Review with Machine Learning in Radiation Oncology, Advances in Radiation Oncology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adro.2023.101234. 

Vizer L, Charguia N, Adapa K, Mazur L 2023. Evaluating Burnout in the Emergency Departments: Methods, Results, and Lessons Learned, Medical Research Archives, [online] 11(2). https://doi.org/10.18103/mra. v11i2.3573    

Adapa K, Ivester T, Shea C, Shultz B, Dewalt D, Dangerfield C, Burgess E, Marks L, Mazur L, 2022 The effect of a Tiered Huddle System on reporting of patient safety events. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety,2022, ISSN 1553-7250, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjq.2022.08.005  

McGurk R, Naheedy K, Kosak T, Leutgenau A, Mullins B, Paradis K, Kearney M, Roback D, Durney J, Adapa K, Chera B, Marks L, Moran J, Mak R, Mazur L:  Multi-institutional SBRT incident learning: evaluation of safety barriers using a human factors classification system. J Patient Saf. 2022 Aug 10. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000001071. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35948321. 

Mazur LM, Adapa K, Meltzer-Brody S, Karwowski W. Towards better understanding workplace factors contributing to hospitalist burden and burnout prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applied ergonomics. 2023 Jan 1;106:103884. 

Khasawneh A, Kratzke I, Adapa K, Marks L, Mazur L: Investigating the Impact of Notes’ Access and Complexity on the Overall Utility of OpenNotes. Applied Clinical Informatics.2022 Oct;13(5):1015-1023. doi: 10.1055/a-1942-6889. Epub 2022 Sep 14. PMID: 36104159; PMCID: PMC9605819. 

Mazur L, Khasawneh A, Buchanand S, Kratzke I, Adapa K, An JS, Butlere L, Ashlyn Zebrowski A, Chakravarthula P, Ra JH. A Novel, Theory-Based Virtual Reality Training to Improve Patient Safety Culture in Department of Surgery of a Large Academic Medical Center: Protocol of a Mixed-methods Study. 2022 JMIR. 10.2196/40445