Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal is Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the founder and Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the Smith School.

Equifax Saga Highlights Cybersecurity Forum

The “Equifax Saga and Ramifications” and “The Mobile Lemon” (addressing smartphone app security and usability paradoxes), among other topics, highlighted the recent Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective. The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the event on Jan. 10, 2018 in Van Munching Hall.

What You Can Learn about the Future of Healthcare

Researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals will converge at the Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA) this week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Center for Health Information & Decision Systems at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Smith School’s Ritu Agarwal, founder and director of CHIDS, answers questions about what to expect at the Nov. 3-4, 2018 conference.

Health IT and Analytics Experts to Present and Discuss Latest Research, Advances

Experts from the likes of Nvidia, Booz Allen Hamilton and Index Analytics will join clinical leaders from the University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and researchers from over 40 colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina and Georgia Tech for the Conference on Health IT & Analytics, (CHITA) Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2017, at the Westin Georgetown, 2350 M St NW, Washington, D.C.

Fearless Idea 2: Bridge the Health Care Divide

Consumers via online communities are sharing information and connecting with each other at unprecedented levels. But to what extent can this phenomenon affect healthcare? A recent study led by Smith School professor Ritu Agarwal identifies two advantages of online communities toward closing the rural-urban gap in access to quality healthcare. First, platforms like Facebook provide opportunities for rural patients to ask questions and receive feedback from qualified experts and urban counterparts. Second, online communities can provide emotional support. Read more...

Bridging the Rural-Urban Healthcare Divide

Online communities are helping patients find, share information and connect with each other at unprecedented levels. But can they also create social value by helping to bridge the disparities between rural and urban health care? As part of a recent study, smith School professors Ritu Agarwal and Guodong "Gordon" Gao, and former doctoral student Jie Mein Goh, now at Canada's Simon Fraser University, asked whether online health communities can create social value, by helping to alleviate regional health disparities between rural and urban patients. Read more...

Smith Researchers: Zika Exposes IT Gaps

Front-line protection of U.S. communities against disease epidemics relies on seamless information sharing between public health officials and doctors, plus the wherewithal to act on that data. But health departments have faltered in this mission by lacking guidance to effectively strategize about appropriate IT investments. And Smith School researchers say incidents like the current Zika crisis bring the issue to the forefront. Read more...

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