School of Biomedical Informatics alumnus receives new investigator award from The University Of Nebraska Medical Center

Published May 03, 2013 by Sarah Kelly

HOUSTON - (May 3, 2013) - Ashish Joshi, MD, PhD, who received his doctoral degree from UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics in August 2012, was honored at the April 30 ceremony as one of 16 researchers for The University Of Nebraska Medical Center's 2012 scientist laureate, distinguished scientist and new investigator awards. 

Joshi works as an assistant professor at the Center for Global Health and Development and the Department of Health Services Research Administration in UNMC’s College of Public Health.

His research focuses on designing and developing innovative, accessible and affordable heath technologies to improve access, alleviate health illiteracy, reduce health disparities and enhance population outcomes among individuals living in diverse global settings.

“My research aims to use innovative informatics approaches to translate research into practice for improving population outcomes,” Joshi said.

He utilizes information and communication technologies such as Internet, cell phone and electronic health kiosks to prevent and manage the increasing disease burden among individuals living in urban and resource-poor settings, focusing on lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. By combining interactive media such as audio, video, images and animations with public health evidence, Joshi develops informatics tools that can effectively communicate risk to individuals in an easy to understand format so that appropriate recommendations can be given.