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Ramya Sita Palacholla

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Informatics and Analytics, Public Health

Ramya Sita Palacholla

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Informatics and Analytics, Public Health

Office: 128 A
Campus: Boston

Biography

Ramya Palacholla is a Primary Care Physician and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Palacholla’s is interested in the intersection of health care delivery and technology. Her research projects are focused on understanding the impact of novel smartphone applications, medical devices, clinical decision support systems, predictive analytics-based population health management tools and AI- based health technology interventions on patients with chronic diseases and cancer. Dr. Palacholla presented her research on innovative technologies at the World Economic Forum. Dr. Palacholla’s research on an “Innovative Tumor Response Forecasting Model in Breast Cancer Patients" was awarded the first position in the Harvard Ideation Challenge and was also selected as one of the top six finalists for the Boston Scientific and Google Connected Patient Challenge, 2018, a renowned platform that showcases healthcare innovations across the globe. She is the co-author of one of the first books to be written for clinicians on novel treatment methods for the management of Military Sexual Trauma in war veterans. She was also honored with the "Woman of the Year" award in 2019 by the INE News for her contributions to health care innovation in the U.S and was featured as one of the “Women to Watch in Health IT” by Beckers Hospital Review.

Education

  • MD, Manipal University, India
  • MPH, Boston University

Research interests

Health Policy and Health Care Delivery, Obesity and Chronic Disease

Research synopsis

Dr. Palacholla’s research focuses on the intersection of health care delivery and emerging technologies. Her research projects are focused on understanding the clinical and economic impact of novel smartphone applications, medical devices, clinical decision support systems, predictive analytics-based population health tools and AI- based health technologies on patients with chronic diseases and cancer.

Publications

Palacholla RS, Centi A, Kvedar J, Jethwani K. A Multimodal mHealth Intervention (FeatForward) to Improve Physical Activity Behavior in Patients with High Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Circulation (in review).

Palacholla, R. S., & Kvedar, J. C. (2019). Telemedicine for infectious disease care—how do we measure the true value?. Annals of Translational Medicine.

Mohammadi, R., Jain, S., Agboola, S., Palacholla, R., Kamarthi, S., & Wallace, B. C. (2019). Learning to Identify Patients at Risk of Uncontrolled Hypertension Using Electronic Health Records Data. AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings, 2019, 533.

Palacholla R, Fischer N, Coleman A, Agboola S, Felsted J, Kirley K, Katz C, Lloyd S, Jethwani K. Provider and Patient-Related Barriers to and Facilitators of Digital Health Adoption for Hypertension Management: Review. iproc 2018;4(2): e11904. Journal of Medical Internet Research Cardio.

Fischer, N., Agboola, S., Palacholla, R., Atif, M., Kvedar, J., & Jethwani, K. (2018). A Two-Arm Randomized Pilot Study to Evaluate the Impact of a Mobile Health App on Quality of Life in Patients on Oral Anti-Cancer Medications. JMIR Iproceedings, 4(2), e11830.

Kakarmath SS, de Redon E, Centi AJ, Palacholla R, Kvedar J, Jethwani K, Agboola S. Assessing the Usability of an Automated Continuous Temperature Monitoring Device (iThermonitor) in Pediatric Patients: Non-Randomized Pilot Study. JMIR Pediatr Parent 2018;1(2): e10804.

Agboola S, Palacholla RS, Centi A, Kvedar J, Jethwani K. A Multimodal mHealth Intervention (FeatForward) to Improve Physical Activity Behavior in Patients with High Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: Rationale and Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2): e84.

Christie G, Kvedar J, Holzhausen A, Palacholla R., Martin A. & Yach D. (2016, September). Technological Health and Wealth for an Aging Global Population report 2016. World Economic Forum.

Agboola S, Palacholla R, Centi A, Kvedar J, & Jethwani K. (2016). A Multimodal mHealth Intervention (FeatForward) to Improve Physical Activity Behavior in Patients with High Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: Rationale and Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR research protocols, 5(2).

Najavits LM & Palacholla R. (2015). Substance Abuse, Military Sexual Trauma, and the Seeking Safety Model. In Lori Katz (Ed.), Treating Military Sexual Trauma (pp. 119-135). New York, NY: Springer.

Health of Boston’s Children: Parent and Caregiver Perspectives (2013). Boston Public Health Commission, Research and Evaluation Office Boston, Massachusetts.