Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE, joined UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) on March 1, 2014 as an assistant professor of biomedical informatics. She was promoted to associate professor in September of 2019. In 2009, Myneni came to SBMI as a research fellow and later started her PhD in health informatics, which she completed in the fall of 2013. Her research interests include consumer informatics, health-related social media analytics, data-driven digital health technologies and idea to product translation (mHealth device development and testing). Myneni's current research focuses on health-related online social network analysis that builds on qualitative, automated and quantitative methods, which enables the development of novel, informatics-driven solutions in the domains of consumer and population health. In the future, she plans to extend her methodological application to other areas such as substance abuse, chronic disease management and cancer survivorship research. On the applications front, she will be developing, testing and implementing tailored behavioral interventions using advances in mHealth and persuasive computing.
“I have always been fascinated by the way technology empowers humans in reaching informed decisions. The idea of developing and using data-driven methods that propel meaningful and efficient technology development lead me to work in the biomedical informatics field," said Myneni. "I think we will see a transition from the focus on EHRs in hospitals to digital data generated by patients as consumers of health technologies. The challenge that lies ahead is utilizing these data to inform patients, physicians and researchers about the path that needs to be taken to prevent diseases, reduce hospitalizations and improve patient safety."
Angela M Wilkes
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