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.

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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