As a Biomedical Informatician Evaluation Team Lead for IBM Watson Health, Dr. Bright supports the Watson Health Evaluation Research Center by providing technical, informatics, and evaluative leadership in the design, development, and execution of evaluation research for Watson Health products.

Dr. Bright’s informatics career spans academia, industry, public health, and government. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Bright worked at Washington University in St. Louis.  As an Instructor in the Department of Medicine, she pursued applied clinical informatics solutions to pressing medical problems.  As the Director of Informatics Development in the Institute of Informatics, she managed and evaluated strategic initiatives, translated the gap between clinicians, researchers, and IT personnel; identified new funding opportunities; reviewed grant


proposals, and standardized the institute’s grants pipeline. During Dr. Bright’s tenure at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a Senior Service Fellow, she provided leadership in the development, solicitation, and evaluation of grants, contracts, and policies supporting health services research projects. In her role as a Project Officer, Dr. Bright   managed a large multi-million-dollar portfolio of Health IT grants. She also co-led a multi-million dollar-initiative to disseminate patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) using clinical decision support (CDS). Dr. Bright also served as the Director of Medical Informatics, Surveillance, and Epidemiology at the Bureau of Correctional Health Services for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). In that position, she analyzed electronic health record (EHR) data from the correctional system for public health surveillance and to inform correctional healthcare legislative policy agendas, and assisted with establishing programs in the areas of patient safety, population health, and human rights. As a Clinical Liaison/Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor at NYC DOHMH, she designed and implemented several QI projects that promoted best practices across Community Health Centers and primary care practices.

  • Development and evaluation of clinical information systems and CDS artifacts

  • Knowledge modeling (ontologies) and semantic representation to facilitate data-driven healthcare decision-making

  • User-centered design methods (e.g., focus groups, heuristic evaluation, task analysis, usability testing)

  • Implementation and dissemination of PCOR findings through health IT to inform healthcare decision-making



• Bright TJ. Transforming user needs into functional requirements for an antibiotic clinical decision support system: explicating content analysis for system design. Appl Clin Inform. 2013 Dec 25;4(4):618-35. PMCID: PMC3885919.

Bright TJ, Wong A, Dhurjati R, Bristow E, Bastian L, Coeytaux RR, Samsa G, Hasselbad V, Williams JW, Musty MD, Wing ME, Kendrick AS, Sanders GD, Lobach D. Effect of Clinical Decision-Support Systems: A Systematic Review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012 Jul;157(1):29- 43. PMID: 22751758.

• Bright, TJ, Yoko Furuya, E, Kuperman, GJ, Cimino, JJ, Bakken, S. Development and evaluation of an ontology for guiding appropriate antibiotic prescribing. J Biomed Inform. 2012 Feb;45(1):120-28. PMCID: PMC3272092

• Johnson SB, Bakken S, Dine D, Hyun S, Mendonça E, Morrison F, Bright T, Van Vleck T, Wrenn J, Stetson P. An electronic health record based on structured narrative. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008 Jan-Feb;15(1):54-64. PMCID: PMC2274868

• Becker KG, Hosack DA, Dennis G, Lempicki RA, Bright TJ, Cheadle C, Engel J. PubMatrix: a tool for multiplex literature mining. BMC Bioinformatics. 2003 Dec 10;4:61. PMCID: PMC317283.


Lobach D, Sanders GD, Bright TJ, Wong A, Dhurjati R, Bristow E, Bastian L, Coeytaux R, Samsa G, Hasselblad V, Williams JW, Wing L, Musty M, Kendrick AS. Enabling Health Care Decisionmaking Through Clinical Decision Support and Knowledge Management. Evidence Report No. 203. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10066-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 12-E001-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2012.

• Becker KG, Barnes KC, Bright TJ, Wang SA. The genetic association database. Nat Genet. 2004 May; 36(5):431-2.


Abujarad F, Doerr M, Meyer MN, Kraft SA, Bright TJ. Technology, Informed Consent, and Genomic Research: Powering Scale and Adaptability. AMIA Annu Symp Proc;  2018 Nov 3-7; San Francisco.

• Abujarad F, Alfano S, Bright TJ, Kannoth S, Gueble M, Peduzzi P, Chupp G. Building an Informed Consent Tool Starting with the Patient: The Patient-Centered Virtual Multimedia Interactive Informed Consent (VIC). AMIA Annu Symp Proc;  2017 Nov 4-8; Washington, DC. 374-383. PMCID: PMC5977640.

Cimino JJ, Bright TJ, Li J. Medication reconciliation using natural language processing and controlled terminologies. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):679-83.

• Michel MC, Bero LA, Bright T. Creating a text data-mining application for use in public health informatics. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2004;5:3214-6.


Bright TJ, Furuya EY, Kuperman GJ, Bakken S. Evaluating an Ontology for Guiding Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010:988.

• Bright TJ, Furuya EY, Kuperman GJ, Bakken S. Laddering as a Technique for Ontology Evaluation. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009:783.

• Bright TJ, Furuya EY, Kuperman GJ, Bakken S. Creating an ontology for an antibiotic prescribing decision support system . AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:888.

• Bright TJ, Bakken S, Johnson SB.  Heuristic evaluation of eNote: an electronic notes system. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006:864.

• Hass J, Bakken S, Bright TJ, Melton GB, Stetson P, Johnson SB. Clinicians' perceptions of usability of eNote. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005:973.


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