Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal is interim dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is also the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and founding director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS). She has published more than 100 papers in top academic journals, testified before government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health, and collaborated with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Since arriving at Maryland Smith in 1999, Agarwal has taught at every level and received all of the school’s major teaching awards. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research.

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...


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