Ritu Agarwal

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.

Online Hookup Sites Increase HIV Rates in Sometimes-Surprising Ways

Online hookup sites have made it easier for people to have casual sex — and also easier to transmit sexually transmitted diseases. The introduction of Craigslist led to an increase in HIV-infection cases of 13.5 percent in Florida over a four-year period, according to a new study at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith of Business. The estimated medical costs for those patients will amount to $710 million over the course of their lives. Read more...

We Are Smith: Ritu Agarwal

Ritu's research influences the shift to electronic medial records. As many as 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors - Ritu Agarwal founded CHIDS to change this statistic. Standing at the forefront of healthcare technology, she leads the charge in converting medical records to an electronic format to reduce error and save lives.

Ritu Agarwal to E-Chat with Global Audience Nov. 14

Ritu Agarwal, founder and director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems and professor and the Dean’s Chair of Information Systems, will discuss her recent study, “The Benefits of Combining Data with Empathy,” in an e-chat hosted by All Analytics, an online community for information management, business intelligence and analytics.

Follow the conversation, starting 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Ritu Agarwal Gives Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture

Medicine has made huge leaps in the past 50 years, to the great benefit of human beings. “The advances in medical technology in the past 50 years supersede any made in the previous two millennia. A hospital today is virtually like a lab at IBM because of all the technology it holds,” said Ritu Agarwal, Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

A Panel Discussion: “Academia through the Eyes of Women of Color”

March 3, 2009    Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Charles Carroll Room, Stamp Student Union

Please join the University of Maryland and moderator Ellin Scholnick, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, for a panel discussion, “Academia through the Eyes of Women of Color,” featuring Ritu Agarwal, Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, on Tuesday, March 3 (Noon – 2 p.m., Charles Carroll Room, Stamp Student Union).

Wearable Fitness Devices Versus Smartphones

An article in U.S. News and World Report recently explored the question of whether wearable fitness devices and smartphones were complementary products — or competitive ones. As fitness apps on phones get more sophisticated, must Fitbit fade? For insight, the magazine tapped Ritu Agarwal, the Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Read more...

Top Leaders in Health Technology Gather for Workshop

How can we use technology to advance our health care system? This has been a commonly asked question in the medical community lately and one that a group of leading experts in the field gathered to discuss at the fifth annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) held Oct. 10-11 in Alexandria, VA, presented by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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