Dr. Ritu Agarwal Discusses Collaboration at CHITA

Conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers

Dr. Ritu Agarwal, founder and director of CHIDS at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.


Dr. Ritu Agarwal, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems is founder and director of CHIDS. In this video, she talks about the journey of CHITA and the importance of the conference.

Transcript follows below.

RA: This is the ninth year for the workshop on health IT and economics that we now call The Conference on Health IT and Analytics. As the conference chair for these nine years, all i can say is I go back even more excited and even more passionate about doing work in this field after the 1.5 days of CHITA. We just have had such incredibly stimulating intellectual discussions, we have had so many fine scholars that have come to this conversation. But I think what’s most important is that we have got folks from the policy community and the practice community who can keep us honest, who tell us that the research we are doing is useful or not useful. So for me the most rewarding aspect of this conference are the conversations that take place and I look forward to the next decade of CHITA.




A strong believer of the following: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Experienced Business Intelligence (BI) Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Started the profession career in Thorogood Associates based in Bangalore, India and have worked on various data-warehousing projects for major players in the FMCG and Insurance Industry across the globe. Served in the capacity of technical lead for a number of BI projects which involves designing the BI system and leveraging work to junior consultants.

Currently pursing Master’s in Business Administration at Smith School of Business, University of Maryland with a focus on Supply Chain and Operations. The fascination towards the power of data, especially in a supply chain of an industry was the driving factor for me to have come back to school from professional life.

Skilled in Microsoft BI stack (SQL,SSAS,SSRS), Teradata, Tableau and Qlikview. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) focused in Production Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India.


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