Hua Zheng, PhD

Assistant Professor 

Faculty Appointment in:
  • Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

Phone: 508 334 3416

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Research Interests



My major research interest is clinical research informatics, including design, implementation, and usability evaluation of patient-centric applications, integration of electronic health records and patient-reported outcomes, and data governance and data quality management in clinical research. Currently I lead user interface design and data management in the AHRQ-funded national research program, Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR). 


BS, 2001, Wuhan University of Technology, China
MS, 2004, Wuhan University of Technology, China
PhD, 2007, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Postdoctoral Associate, 2008-2013 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Recent Publications















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Zheng, Hua; Li, Wenjun; Harrold, Leslie; Ayers, David C.; and Franklin, Patricia D. (2014) "Web-based Comparative Patient-reported Outcome Feedback to Support Quality Improvement and Comparative Effectiveness Research in Total Joint Replacement," eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes): Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 21. DOI:

Ayers DC, Zheng H, Franklin PD. Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) into orthopedic clinical practice: proof of concept from FORCE-TJR. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2013, 471(11): 3419-25.

Zheng H, Rosal MC, Oatis CA, Li W, Franklin PD. Tailored system to deliver behavioral intervention and manage data in randomized trials. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(4):e58.

Rosal MC, Ayers D, Li W, Oatis C, Borg A, Zheng H, Franklin P. A randomized clinical trial of a peri-operative behavioral intervention to improve physical activity adherence and functional outcomes following total knee replacement. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011; 12:226.

Cong S, Zheng H. Modeling and performance analysis of networked control systems under different driven modes. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2009, 34(3): 192-198.

Zheng H, Cong S. Implementation of continuous path control in network-based robot arm remote control system. Engineering Science, 2008, 10(10): 91-95.

Zheng H, Cong H, Wei Z. Research and implementation of time delay compensation in network-based robot arm remote control system. Journal of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007, 24(4): 530-536.

Wei Z, Cong S, Zheng H. Design of network-based robot remote control platform and research of time-delay compensation. Journal of Machine Design, 2007, 24(6): 26-30. 

Zheng H, Cong S. The effects of different driven modes of network nodes on system performance in networked control. System Simulation Technology and Application, 2007, 9: 865-870.

Zheng H, Liu Q, Xing H, Xu Z. Construction of a file system in embedded Linux. Control and Automation, 2004, 20(8): 49-50, 59.

Zheng H, Liu Q, Xing H, Xu Z. VPN technology based on IPSec under Linux. Information Technology, 2003, 27(12): 34-37.




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"TJR Guru: mobile app for shared informed decision making in total joint replacement surgery
Sponsor: AHRQ Hua Zheng, 
Principal Investigator; Patricia Franklin, CO-Principal Investigator 

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