• Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch

Research Statement

Extensive experience in biomedical and nursing informatics including terminology/vocabulary management and data/information standards; and the design, development, and implementation of decision support systems and databases. Diverse clinical background including clinical nursing (Med-Surg and ICU), education, and administration. Current research is in the area of clinical research informatics, including clinical and translational research and the unique aspects of managing  research information in special populations (e.g., pediatrics, ICU, oncology, gerontology, women's health); as well as informatics to support exposure science, sensor monitoring.

Research Keywords

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Air quality
  • Nursing and Health Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Medical Informatics
  • Informatics
  • Healthcare Informatics Standards
  • Health Informatics


  • Sward, K., Bui, A., Ambite, J., Dellarco, M., Facelli, J., Gilliland, F. (2016). Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Technology (PRISMS): Applying Sensor Technology and Informatics to Better Understand Asthma. AMIA symposium Proceedings https://knowledge.amia.org/amia-63300-1.3360278/t005-1.3362920/f005-1.3362921/2497116-1.3363147/2497116p-1.3363148?qr=1. [abstract & poster; Distinguished poster award]. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • “An infrastructure for Reproducible Exposomic Research”. Research Reproducibility 2016 Conference. (Gouripeddi, Warner, Madsen, Mo, Burnett, Wen, Lund, Butcher, Cummins, Facelli, Sward) http://campusguides.lib.utah.edu/UtahRR16/abstracts. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • PRISMS Informatics Center: Federated Integration Architecture.” University Healthcare Leadership Ted-style talk. Other, Presented, 05/2016.
  • “Informatics competencies: Not just for NI specialists!” (Staggers, N., Gooder, V., Poynton, M., & Sward, K). WIN annual conference [panel presentation] 4/2009. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • “Decoding the Mysteries of Biomedical Informatics: A Practical Tutorial for Oncology Nurses” Reeves, D., Ketcham, M., & Sward, K. ONS annual meeting, San Antonio Tx. [panel presentation] 5/2009. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Trial Innovation Center. PI: J. Michael Dean. NCATs, 09/01/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Data Coordinating Center for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. PI: J. Michael Dean. Co-PI(s): R. Holobkov. NICHD, 12/01/2014 - 11/30/2019. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • PRISMS INFORMATICS CENTER SUPP. PI: SWARD,KATHERINE A. NIH NATL INST BIOMEDICL IMAGIN, 09/30/2016 - 09/29/2019. Total project budget to date: $49,899.00
  • PRISMS INFORMATICS CENTER - CO. PI: SWARD,KATHERINE A. Co-PI(s): FACELLI, JULIO. NIH NATL INST BIOMEDICL IMAGIN, 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2019. Total project budget to date: $977,738.00
  • PRISMS INFORMATICS CENTER - LA. PI: SWARD,KATHERINE A. NIH NATL INST BIOMEDICL IMAGIN, 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2019. Total project budget to date: $1,191,483.00


  • Lyons, A., Sward, K.A., Deshmukh, V., Pett, M.A., Donaldson, G.W., Turnbull, J. (2016). Impact of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) on Length of Stay and Mortality. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw091. Published, 07/08/2016.
  • Sward, K.A., Rubin, S., Newth, C.J.L., Jenkins, T.L., & Dean, J.M., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN). (2016). Case Study: Semantic Annotation of a PICU registry. Computers Informatics Nursing 2016 Mar;34(3):101-4. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000236. PubMed PMID: 26958992; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4788017. Published, 03/2016.
  • Cummins, M.R., Sward K, Guo JW. (2015). Leaders in Nursing Informatics Education and Research: The University of Utah Celebrates 25 Years. Computers Informatics Nursing, 33(9), 379-381. Published, 09/2015.
  • Sward, K. (2014). Documentation. Chapter 9 in Mansen, T. & Gabiola, J. Patient Focused Assessment: The Art and Science of Clinical Data Gathering. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Published, 08/2014.
  • Guo, J., Sward, K.A., Beck, S.L., Wong, B., Staggers, N., Frey, L. (2014). Using a content analysis to indentify study eligibility criteria concepts in cancer nursing research. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(7), 333-342. Published, 07/2014.
  • Guo, J., Sward, K.A., Beck, S.L., Staggers, N. (2014). Quality of reporting randomized controlled trials in cancer nursing research. Nursing Research, 63(1), 26-35. Published, 01/2014.
  • Hirshberg, E.L., Sward, K., Faustino, E.V.S., Nadkarni, V., Agus, M., Morris, A.H., Lacroix, J. for the PALISI Network Investigators. (2012). Clinical equipoise regarding glycemic control: A survey of pediatric intensivist perceptions.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Feb;14(2):123-9. EPub. Nov 5 2012 PMID: 23132394. Published, 02/2013.
  • Blagev DP, Hirshberg EL, Sward K, Thompson BT, Brower R, Truwit J, Hite D, Steingrub J, Orme JF Jr, Clemmer TP, Weaver LK, Thomas F, Grissom CK, Sorenson D, Sittig DF, Wallace CJ, East TD, Warner HR, Morris AH. (2012). The evolution of eProtocols that enable reproducible clinical research and care methods. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. J Clin Monit Comput. 2012 Aug;26(4):305-17. Epub 2012 Apr 11. PMID: 22491960. Published, 08/2012.
  • Newth CJ, Meert KL, Clark AE, Moler FW, Zuppa AF, Berg RA, Pollack MM, Sward KA, Berger JT, Wessel DL, Harrison RE, Reardon J, Carcillo JA, Shanley TP, Holubkov R, Dean JM, Doctor A, Nicholson CE; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. (2012). Fatal and Near-Fatal Asthma in Children: The Critical Care Perspective. Journal of Pediatrics. 2012 Aug;161(2):214-221.e3. Epub 2012 Apr 10 PMID: 22494876. Published, 08/2012.
  • Jung, C.Y., Sward, K., & Haug, P. (2011). Executing Medical Logic Modules expressed in ArdenML using Drools. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2012 Jul-Aug;19(4):533-6 . 2011 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print]. Published, 07/2012.
  • Khemani, R.G, Sward, K., Morris, A., Dean, J.M., & Newth, C.J.L. (2011). Variability in usual care mechanical ventilation for pediatric acute lung injury: the potential benefit of a lung protective computer protocol. Intensive Care Medicine, 37(11),1840-1848. Published, 10/01/2011.
  • Matney, S., Brewster, P.J., Sward, K.A., Cloyes, K.G., & Staggers, N. (2011). Philosophical approaches to the nursing informatics data-information-knowledge-wisdom framework. Advances in Nursing Science, 34(1), 6-18. Published online ahead of print 12/2010. Published, 01/2011.
  • Morris AH, Hirshberg, E, Sward K. Comuter protocols: how to implement. Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology 2009: 23 (1), 51-67. Published, 2009.
  • Sward KA, Orme J, Sorenson D, Baumann L, Morris AH (2008). Reasons for declining computerized insulin protocol recommendations. Journal of Biomedical informatics, 41(3), 488-497. This article was included in the 2009 International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook as a “best paper” selection. Published, 2009.
  • Wong, A., Al-Sheikh, Y.T., Warner, H.R., Haug, P.J., Sward, K.A., Morri,s A.H. (2008). Evaluation and comparison of IV insulin-treatment protocols using data from critically ill patients in the ICU. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2008 Nov 6:1178. [abstract & poster]. Published, 11/30/2008.
  • Sward KA, Richardson S, Kendrick J, Maloney C. (Nov 2008). Use of a web-based game to teach pediatric content to medical students. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 8(6), 354-359. Published, 11/01/2008.
  • Hirshberg E, Sward K, Lacroix J, Willson D, Morris AH et al. (2008). Blood glucose control in critically ill adults and children: a survey on stated practice. CHEST 133(6),1328-1335. Published, 06/01/2008.
  • Morris AH, Orme J, Truwit JD, Steingrub J, Grissom, C. Lee KH, Li GL, Thompson BT, Brower R, Tidswell M, Bernard G, Sorenson D, Sward K, Zheng H, Shoenfeld D, Warner H. (June 2008). A replicable method for blood glucose control in critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine, 36(6), 1787-1795. Published, 06/01/2008.
  • Sorenson D, Grissom C, Carpenter L, Morris AH, Austin A, Sward K, Napoli L, Warner H. (2008). A Frame-based Representation for a Bedside Ventilator Weaning Protocol. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 41(3), 461-468. Published, 06/01/2008.
  • Thompson, B.T., Orme, J.F., Zheng, H., Luckett, P.M., Truwit, J.D., Willson, D.F., Hite, R.D., Brower, R.G., Bernard, G.R., Curley, M.A.Q., Steingrub, J.S., Sorenson, D.K. Sward, K., Hirshberg, E. and Morris, A.H. for the Reengineering Critical Care Clinical Research Investigators. (2008). Multicenter Validation of a Computer-based Clinical Decision Support Tool for Glucose Control in Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2(3), 357-368. Published, 05/01/2008.
  • Morris AH, Orme J, Rocha BH, Holmen J, Clemmer T, Nelson N, Allen J, Jephson A, Soreonson D, Sward K, Warner H. (Sep 2008). An Electronic Protocol for Translation of Research Results to Clinical Practice. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2(5), 802-808. Published, 2008.