Who We Are

Vivian West, PhD, MBA, RN

Associate Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics, Clinical Associate, Duke University School of Nursing


(919) 668-0189

Work Address

2424 Erwin Rd, Duke Box 3850, Durham, NC


Vivian West, PhD, is the Associate Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics and a clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. She has been in informatics since the 1990s when she was the National Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality Management for a national infusion therapy company with headquarters in Boston, MA. She was the clinical member of a team appointed to develop the company's data warehouse. She also led teams evaluating one of the first glucometers built to transmit data over telephone lines, and patients’ infusion pumps controlled remotely in their homes by nurses in homecare offices. 

Dr. West has an extensive clinical career in progressive management and administrative positions prior to receiving an MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her doctoral research examined the use of telemedicine in a rural home healthcare agency.  Prior to joining Duke University, she was the NLM Project Evaluation/Research Director for a large four-year telemedicine study conducted at East Carolina University, and a research assistant professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where she was a co-investigator of a diabetes study for children. Her interests include remote monitoring and mobile devices for health care, visualization of healthcare data, and systems analysis.