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Helen R. Connors, RN, PhD, Dr PS (Hon), FAAN
Associate Dean, Integrated Technologies
Executive Director of the KU Center for Health Informatics
E. Jean M. Hill Endowed Professor
With her innovative vision and ability to marshal change, Helen R. Connors, RN, PhD, Dr PS (Hon), FAAN, has forged a distinctive path in the nursing profession. As the KU School of Nursing's Associate Dean for Integrated Technologies and Executive Director of the KU Center for Health Informatics, Dr. Connors strives to expand the use of advanced information technologies for education and practice, to establish policy for telecommunications and telehealth, and to promote the image of nursing nationally and internationally.
Garnering grants totaling more than $5 million, Dr. Connors is instrumental in the use of innovative technologies to develop creative programs to bring education, networking, and support services to nurses and other health professionals.
Dr. Connors is a recognized leader in educational innovations. Through her efforts, the School of Nursing has developed academic and business partnerships with such entities as the Kansas Health Institute, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Cerner Corporation, HealthGate Corporation and others to support and expand the use of health information technologies. Because of her work in this area, she was appointed as the first Executive Director of the University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics.
Dr. Connors’ innovative efforts to bring the classroom to nurses and to increase the number of nurses in rural areas was included in Time magazine and CNN’s spotlight on the "Heroes of Medicine." Dr. Connors has a BSN from Villanova University, a MSN from Russell Sage College, a PhD from University of Kansas, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Russell Sage. In 2008, she was named as the first E. Jean. M. Hill Endowed Professor.