Health IT Lab @ UMBC

Welcome to the Health IT Lab's website. This is my research lab at UMBC. Our mission is conduct high quality research in biomedical informatics. I have been fortunate to work with a large number of distinguished students and colleagues in many projects over years. Stop by our lab at ITE 446 or contact me if you would like to be involved in research.

Lab Members

Dr. Güneş Koru


Dr. Koru is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research area is biomedical informatics. He has taught a number of related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science with a minor in telecommunications (2004) and a MSc degree in Software Engineering (2002) from the Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas. He also obtained an MS degree in Computer Engineering (1998) from the Computer Engineering Department at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey as well as a BSc degree from the Computer Engineering (1996) at Ege University.

Dari Alhuwail


Mr. AlHuwail is a PhD candidate at the Department of Information Systems at UMBC and is a member of The College of Computing Sciences and Engineering at Kuwait University. Prior to his decision to pursue a PhD, he has served at the Information Technology Department at Dasman Diabetes Institute as a Systems Engineer; he lead a team on a national project for diabetes electronic health records titled Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network. Dari was also a Clinical Informatics Visiting Scholar at the Division of Clinical Informatics at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Previously Dari worked as a Software Engineer at the State of Kuwait's Ministry of Health where he was involved in clinical informatics system design. There he lead the initiative in revising the eHealth Strategy document for the department and got involved with International relationships with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Accreditation Canada. Being active in research, academia and publishing in renowned informatics and technology publications, Dari has published a few articles about Information Technology as they relate to health and healthcare services in IEEE, Patients-Know-Best, and various academic conferences. On the personal side, Dari volunteers a lot and has been involved in community service in Kuwait, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S. Currently he volunteers as Firefighter/EMT at Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Savage Volunteer Fire Company in addition to volunteering as dive master/instructor and rescue technician at Middle River Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue. Dari also serves as the head of the Graduate Students Committee at the National Union of Kuwaiti Students - USA Branch. His CV can be found at:

Ali Azari


Mr. Azari is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research interest is to apply data mining techniques to healthcare with a focus on the hospital productivity and the quality of healthcare services. Ali has developed a multi-tiered data mining approach for predicting the Length of Stay (LOS) in hospitals.

Ahmad Alaiad


Ahmad Alaiad is a PhD candidate at the Information Systems department, UMBC. Alaiad has a master degree in Computer Information Systems with honors (GPA: A, Rank: 1st) from Yarmouk university, Jordan and a bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems with honors (GPA: A, Rank: 2nd) from Al-Albayt University, Jordan. His research interests fall under Information System Management, Health Information Systems and Emerging HIT Adoption. Recently, he has adapted mixed methods to provide empirical investigation of emerging health IT adoption such as sensors and robots. He has published several papers in information systems and health informatics and has served as a reviewer for various leading conferences in his field. In addition to getting involved with several research projects, Ahmad also taught various IT and programming courses such as Java Programming and Oracle Database courses.

Graduated Students

Ms. Mayada Alrige

Mayada Alrige is a MS student at the Information System Department, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mayda has started her career as a teaching assistant in the IS Department King Abdul-Aziz University, KAU. She is currently doing her master in the IS program and conducting her MS thesis on health information privacy.

Mayada's passion with the health IT field has increased over time, as she understands that this field's mission is to assist patients, deliver the optimal health care and advance both medical research and health services quality. Thus, she chooses to pursue her Doctorate program in this field and be an integral part of such advancement.

Ms. Nalini Ananth


Nalini Ananth is currently a graduate student doing her Masters in Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has completed her undergraduate degree in Bioinformatics from VIT University, India. During her undergraduate study, she worked on a project where she developed a tool to perform proteomic HTP data redundancy reduction for an eye specialty hospital's department of Pathology in India. Her area of interest is to work on projects in the Health IT domain.

Ms. Yixin Bian


Yixin is a PhD student interested in the maintenance of information systems and how to perform structural improvements in order to support their maintenance and evolution. Yixin obtains empirical evidence from large scale and real life healthcare information systems and bioinformatics products in order to draw conclusions that can be useful for project management purposes.

Mr. Kabir Goyal


Kabir is a current graduate student in the Department of Professional Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently, enrolled in the Engineering Management program and working toward a Master of Science degree, he has had a diverse background. Having completed his bachelor's in mechanical engineering, Kabir gained experience in the construction industry while managing projects as a Project Coordinator in the Project Management Office (PMO) ranging from $2 million to $50 million. Kabir also has experience as a technical writer. He has been an active author for a media house critiquing products such as mobile phones, mobile applications, tips & tricks, and various online tools. Kabir's interest lies in the Health IT industry, and he is doing independent study under Dr. Koru's supervision in ‘Home Health Agency: Challenges & Opportunities' domain.

Mr. Kirk Haslbeck


Kirk Haslbeck is currently a graduate student doing his Masters in Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research goal is to improve the statistical accuracy of re-identification risk for patients when large-scale data sets are released. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Mount Saint Mary's University. Kirk started writing software 14 years ago while attending Calvert Hall High School. He has developed a wide range of software from a guitar teacher application to a group management social networking application to many enterprise applications for large companies including SSA and Morgan Stanley. Kirk has also written financial algorithms that find patterns in trading, using techniques such as data-mining, batching, inheritance and many other popular design patterns.

Ms. Parisa Meisami


Parisa is a graduate student at department of information systems. She has a Master of Science in Statistics and BA in Pure Mathematics. She was a student representative at board of Washington Statistical Society for two years and has tried to boost the relationship between federal government agencies and academia. Also, she was responsible to write the student column in the monthly newsletter. She has teaching experience in both mathematics and statistics. Parisa has working experience in the health care insurance industry and has received two certificates in Health Insurance Essentials at CareFirst BCBS. Her last project was "Comparing ACOs (Medicare program) with current CareFirst share saving program". Parisa's current research focuses on the developing data analytic methods that are aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of home health care agencies (HHAs). The research is performed under Dr. Koru supervision.

Ms. Sejal Mendpara


Sejal Mendpara is a current undergraduate student in the Department of Health Administration and Policy Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Within the Health Administration and Policy Program, Sejal is pursuing the Public Health track. She is interested in health issues and policies from a local, national and global perspective. Her interests in Health IT grew from taking a few required courses in information systems where they briefly discussed the different technology, software, and programs used in the healthcare setting. Her research interest is how Health IT can be used to help the productivity and overall improvement in the healthcare setting.

Mr. Osama Rabie


Osama Rabie pursued an MS degree in Information Systems at University of M aryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research activity area includes biomedical ontology, software development, and software testing. Osama received a B.S. in Computer Science in 2008 from the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he also served as a teaching assistant. Osama is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and Envision which nominated him to attend the Envision Global Forum on Engineering & Technology - 2014- as a reward for his academic performance at UMBC. Osama obtained an M.S. degree in Information Systems from UMBC in Spring 2012.


In addition to the students in the Health IT Lab, I have collaborated with a number of colleagues on various papers or projects: