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Rema Padman

Rema Padman

Trustees Professor of Management Science and Healthcare Informatics

Professor Padman's research addresses problems at the interface of healthcare, information technology and analytics, particularly focusing on healthcare decision support and operations.

Rema Padman is Trustees Professor of Management Science and Healthcare Informatics in the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also Thrust Leader of Healthcare Informatics Research at iLab and Research Area Director for Operations and Informatics at the Center for Health Analytics at the Heinz College, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, PhD in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin and National Library of Medicine Senior Fellowship in Applied Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

Dr. Padman’s research investigates healthcare informatics, analytics and operations, particularly focusing on data-driven decision support, process modeling and risk analysis. The study contexts have varied from clinical to consumer-facing information technology (IT) interventions in healthcare delivery and management, such as e-health, m-health, chronic and infectious disease management and workflow analysis. She has developed, applied, and evaluated models and methods drawn from optimization, machine learning, statistics and behavioral science for designing and investigating these IT interventions in the emergency, inpatient, ambulatory, and consumer self-health management settings. Recent focus on developing and evaluating digital therapeutic approaches for addressing health literacy challenges is leveraging Artificial Intelligence-driven mhealth games and user generated visual social media content for educating and empowering children and adults alike.

She has published extensively, served on editorial boards of major academic journals in Operations Research, Information Systems and Data Science, and advised healthcare informatics projects for provider, payer, pharmaceutical, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. She has also served on proposal review panels of US and international funding agencies and received funding for her research from federal agencies, healthcare organizations and foundations. She has received several Best Paper awards, the IBM Faculty Award, and Teaching Excellence awards. She has been a visiting professor at universities in the US and abroad and keynote speaker at multiple conferences and healthcare  forums. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized her as one of the top 110 women in MedTech in 2017 and she was nominated for the 2018 HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award. She is an elected Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA) and the Inaugural Recipient of the Bufalini Prize - Health Technologies Sector, in 2023, for applications of AI in Medicine.

Courses Taught

  • 94-706 - Healthcare Information Systems
  • 94-739 - Capstone Project

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