Heinz College Professor Wins IBM Faculty Award

Nov 14, 2012


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Rema Padman, a Professor of Management Science & Healthcare Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, was recently presented with a 2012 IBM Faculty Award.  The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program that intends to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations.  The Awards also promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Professor Padman was recognized for her efforts to, in collaboration with IBM Research as well as Heinz College students, to develop, deploy and evaluate a healthcare delivery solution that is targeted at underserved, low literacy, and disadvantaged populations.

Padman is utilizing a technology called “Spoken Web”, which is similar to the standard World Wide Web, but it exists only on a telecom network, so there is no need for a computer, only a phone.  According to Padman, “With this technology, we have developed a prototype healthcare application that users can call to listen to their medical record, be reminded about their medications, leave questions for their clinician, listen to educational podcasts, participate in discussion forums, etc., all in voice format.”

Padman continued, “As you can imagine, this could make it easy for elderly, illiterate, and disadvantaged populations to access healthcare information and tools that they never could before.”  She plans on using the award to further conduct her study in India with the tribal population.

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