• Amit Acharya B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

  • Director-COSH, Chief Dental Informatics Officer-FHC


    • Institute for Oral and Systemic Health
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML8 Marshfield, WI 54449

Education


2014 to 2014:
Certificate, Leading Change - Disruptive Innovation in Health Care Education, ADEA Leadership Institute, San Antonio, Texas
2012 to 2012:
Certificate, Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health , Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
2011 to 2011:
Certificate, Training in Protégé-OWL, Stanford University, Stanford, California
2011 to 2011:
Certificate, Identifying and Developing the Future Leaders in Dental Education, ADEA Leadership Institute, San Diego, California
2005 to 2010:
Ph.D, Doctoralof Philosophy, Biomedical Informatics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
2007 to 2008:
Postgraduate Training in Dental Informatics, Center for Dental Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2001 to 2004:
Master of Science, Computer Science, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1998 to 1999:
Dental Residency, House Surgeon-General Dentistry, Government Dental College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
1994 to 1999:
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Government Dental College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India

Work Experience


2016 to Present:
Research Scientist, Institute for Oral and Systemic Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI
2016 to Present:
Adjunct Research Scientist, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfiedl, WI
2014 to Present:
Director, Institute for Oral and Systemic Health, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI
2009 to 2016:
Dental Informatics Scientist/Associate Research Scientist, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI
2006 to 2009:
Visiting Scholar, Center for Dental Informatics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 to 2009:
Visiting Scholar, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2005 to 2006:
Graduate Assistant, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
2001 to 2004:
Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
1999 to 2000:
Dental Surgeon, Vignesh Poly Clinic, Private Medical Center, Bangalore, India
1998 to 1999:
House Surgeon, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Bangalore, India
1998 to 1999:
House Surgeon, Victoria Hospital, Bangalore, India
1998 to 1999:
House Surgeon, K. C. General Hospital, Bangalore, India
1998 to 1999:
Junior Dentist, Chitra Dental Clinic, Private Dental Clinic, Bangalore, India
1989 to 1999:
House Surgeon, Sanjay Gandhi Trauma Center, Bangalore, India

Research Interests


As a general dental surgeon and a computer scientist with expertise in the field of biomedical informatics my research focus has been on integration of medical and dental data, images and clinical systems, architecture of electronic health records (EHRs), developing clinical decision support (CDS) and expert systems, information modeling and developing ontologies/terminologies. I played a key role in the development, enhancement and usability evaluation of an integrated electronic dental record (EDR) module within the Marshfield Clinic’s medical EHR system. I have extensive research experience in conducting formal usability and user experience studies with a key focus on user-centered design and human-computer integration as a critical component of designing clinical information systems and public health tools. The above set of experiences and skill sets uniquely qualifies me as site principal investigator for the proposed study.

Select Publications


  • Cooper RR, Mahnke A, Rottscheit C, Ye Z, Acharya A. Analysis of Dental Workflow with an Integrated Medical-Dental Electronic Health Record: A Time and Motion Study. J Dent Educ. 75(2):170.
  • Acharya A, Wali T, Thyvalikakath TP, Schleyer T. Comparative study of reviewing patient records: preliminary results. J Dent Res. 2008;87(Spec Iss A):0417.
  • Acharya A, Wali T, Thyvalikakath TP, Schleyer T. Content review of dental records: a pilot study. J Dent Educ. 2008;72(2):195-240.
  • Torres-Urquidy MH, Acharya A, Hernandez-Cott P, Misner J, Schleyer T. Evaluating the effectiveness of modeling principles for data models. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;143 :525-33.
    PubMed ID: 19380987
  • Acharya A, Wali T, Rauch J. GURU: Patient Education Software. J Dent Educ. 2009;73(1):137-139.
  • Acharya A, Mital DP, Schleyer T. Electronic dental record information model. Int J Med Engineer Inform. 2009;1(4):418-434.
  • Acharya A, Hernandez P, Thyvalikakath TP, Schleyer T. Development of a Comprehensive Data Set of Information Items for General Dental Record. Journal of Dental Education. 2010 Feb;74(2):149.
  • Acharya A, Thyvalikakath TP, Schleyer T. Feasibility of Delphi methodology to validate dental information items. Journal of Dental Education. 2010;89(Spec Iss A):0517.
  • Acharya A, Mahnke A, Chyou P, Rottscheit CM, Starren JB. Medical providers' dental information needs: a baseline survey. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;169 :387-91.
    PubMed ID: 21893778
  • Mathias R, Mahnke A, Cooper RR, Acharya A. Medical Providers’ Dental Data Needs in an Integrated Medical-Dental Electronic Health Record Environment. J Dent Educ. 2011;75(2):256.
  • Mahnke A, Ciske JL, Acharya A. Dental Information on a Web-Based Patient Health Portal: a pilot survey. J Dent Educ. 2011;75(2):194.
  • Powell V, Din FM, Acharya A, Torres-Urquidy MH. In: Powell V, Din FM, Acharya A, Torres-Urquidy MH, Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data London, Springer-Verlag, 2012
  • Acharya A, Yoder N, Nycz G. An Integrated Medical-Dental Electronic Health Record Environment: A Marshfield Experience In: Powell V, Din FM, Acharya A, Torres-Urquidy MH, Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data London, Springer-Verlag, 2012
  • Acharya A, Mahnke A, Din F. The Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Records in Dentistry In: Powell V, Din FM, Acharya A, Torres-Urquidy MH, Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data London, Springer-Verlag, 2012
  • Acharya A, Mahnke A, Chyou P. State of Health Information Technology and Informatics Within the Dental Schools in the United States In: Powell V, Din FM, Acharya A, Torres-Urquidy MH, Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data London, Springer-Verlag, 2012
  • Fuehrer J, Miller AW, Kayastha J, Hitz P, Acharya A. PS2-37: Design Considerations and Population Identification for Implementing a Dental Virtual Data Warehouse: Feasibility, Table Structure and Data Elements. Clinical Medicine & Research. 2012 Aug;10(3):191.
    PubMed ID: 22904533
  • Acharya A, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Miller AW, Fuehrer J, Nycz G. PS1-37: Regional Epidemiologic Assessment of Prevalent Periodontitis Using an Integrated Electronic Health Record System. Clinical Medicine & Research. 2012 Aug;10(3):161.
    PubMed ID: 22904434
  • VanWormer JJ, Acharya A, Greenlee RT, Nieto F. Oral hygiene and cardiometabolic disease risk in the survey of the health of Wisconsin. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;41(4):374-84.
    PubMed ID: 23106415
  • Acharya A, VanWormer JJ, Waring SC, Miller AW, Fuehrer J, Nycz G. Regional Epidemiologic Assessment of Prevalent Periodontitis using an Electronic Health Record System AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. 2013 Apr;177(7):700-7.
    PubMed ID: 23462966
  • Acharya A, Hernandez P, Thyvalikakath TP, Ye Z, Song M, Schleyer T. Development and initial validation of a content taxonomy for patient records in general dentistry. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS. 2013 Dec;82(12):1171-1182.
    PubMed ID: 23838618
  • Asan O, Ye Z, Acharya A. Dental care providers' and patients' perceptions of the effect of health information technology in the dental care setting. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION. 2013 Sep;144(9):1022-9.
    PubMed ID: 23989841
  • Liu K, Acharya A, Alai S, Schleyer T. Using Electronic Dental Record Data for Research: A Data-mapping Study. JOURNAL OF DENTAL RESEARCH. 2013 Jul;92(7 Suppl):S90-6.
    PubMed ID: 23690362
  • Glurich IE, Acharya A, Shukla SK, Nycz G, Brilliant MH. The oral-systemic personalized medicine model at Marshfield Clinic. ORAL DISEASES. 2013 Jan;19(1):1-17.
    PubMed ID: 22458294
  • Thyvalikakath TP, Dziabiak M, Johnson R, Torres-Urquidy MH, Acharya A, Yabes J, Schleyer T. Advancing cognitive engineering methods to support user interface design for electronic health records. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS. 2014 Apr;83(4):292-302.
    PubMed ID: 24503391
  • Glurich I, Shukla S, Acharya A, Ginsburg GS, Brilliant MH. The oral microbiome and its relationship to genomics and oral disease. In: Sonis ST, Genomics, Personalized Medicine, and Oral Disease. Geneva, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2015
  • Glurich I, Acharya A, Brilliant MH, Shukla SK. Progress in oral personalized medicine: contribution of 'omics'. J Oral Microbiol. 2015 Sep 4;7 :28223.
    PubMed ID: 26344171
  • Shimpi N, Schroeder D, Kilsdonk J, Chyou PH, Glurich I, Acharya A. Assessment of Dental Providers’ Knowledge, Behavior and Attitude towards Incorporating Chairside Screening for Medical Conditions: A Pilot Study. Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care Medicine. 2016 Feb 8;2(1):102.
  • Schwei K, Thomas K, Mahnke A, Shimpi N, Thirumalai V, Enstad C, Johnson K, Godlevsky O, Johnson N, Rush B, Acharya A. Usability Heuristic Evaluation of a Web-based Case Simulator for Dentists. J Dent Res. 2016; :95.
  • Shimpi N, Schroeder D, Kilsdonk J, Chyou PH, Glurich I, Penniman E, Acharya A. Medical Providers' Oral Health Knowledgeability, Attitudes, and Practice Behaviors: An Opportunity for Interprofessional Collaboration. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2016 Mar;16(1):19-29.
    PubMed ID: 27132552
  • Shimpi N, Bharatkumar A, Jethwani M, Chyou PH, Glurich I, Blamer J, Acharya A. Knowledgeability, Attitude and Behavior of Primary Care Providers Towards Oral Cancer: a Pilot Study. J Cancer Educ. 2016 Jul 23;
    PubMed ID: 27448614
  • Flynn P, Acharya A, Schwei K, VanWormer J, Skrzypcak K. Assessing Dental Hygienists' Communication Techniques for Use with Low Oral Health Literacy Patients. J Dent Hyg. 2016 Jun;90(3):162-9.
    PubMed ID: 27340182
  • Schwei KM, Cooper R, Mahnke AN, Ye Z, Acharya A. Exploring Dental Providers' Workflow in an Electronic Dental Record Environment. Appl Clin Inform. 2016;7(2):516-33.
    PubMed ID: 27437058
  • Acharya A, Shimpi N, Mahnke A, Mathias R, Ye Z. Medical care providers' perspectives on dental information needs in electronic health records. J Am Dent Assoc. 2017 May;148(5):328-337.
    PubMed ID: 28284418
  • Panny A, Glurich I, Haws RM, Acharya A. Oral and Craniofacial Anomalies of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome: Dental Management in the Context of a Rare Disease. J Dent Res. 2017 Jun 1; :22034517716913.
    PubMed ID: 28662344
  • Glurich I, Nycz G, Acharya A. Status Update on Translation of Integrated Primary Dental-Medical Care Delivery for Management of Diabetic Patients. Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun;15(1-2):21-32.
    PubMed ID: 28373288
  • Chyou PH, Schroeder D, Schwei K, Acharya A. Statistical Application and Cost Saving in a Dental Survey. Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun;15(1-2):1-5.
    PubMed ID: 28373286