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Patricia Flatley Brennan

National Program Director

patricia-flatley-brennanPatricia Flatley Brennan, Ph.D., R.N., is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brennan holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is national program director of Project HealthDesign, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records (PHRs). Recently, her work with Project HealthDesign inspired her to cast the vision for and serve as theme leader at the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Additionally, she leads the WI-TECNE project, a statewide nursing faculty development effort supported by HRSA that will improve the integration of informatics and telehealth into nursing curricula.

Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Brennan held several academic positions. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home health care patients and also directed HeartCare, an online tailored information and communication service that helped cardiac patients recover faster at home.

She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (1991) and the American College of Medical Informatics (1993). Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002.


Project HealthDesign is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation