Pavani Rangachari, Ph.D., CPH

Pavani Rangachari
Professor, Healthcare Administration and Public Health

Department of Population Health and Leadership
School of Health Sciences
Education
  • B.A. in Economics, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India
  • M.A. in Economics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
  • M.S. in Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Certified in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)
About Pavani

Pavani Rangachari’s interest and expertise are in health services research with an emphasis on the implementation of change and innovation in healthcare organizations. She has worked in collaboration with healthcare leaders and providers to understand factors associated with successful implementation of evidence-based infection prevention practices in hospital intensive care units and the meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology across inpatient and outpatient units in health systems.

Over the course of her academic career, Dr. Rangachari has received R03 and R21 research grants as Principal Investigator from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and has published several primary-authored articles in the fields of healthcare management, leadership, health informatics, and public health. Her scholarship has contributed towards the 1) identification of evidence-based management strategies for successful innovation implementation in healthcare organizations and 2) development of policy implications for enabling consistent implementation of evidence-based and patient-centered care practices to promote population health. Her research projects have also contributed towards improving healthcare practices and outcomes at her study institutions.

In addition to her work on innovation implementation in healthcare organizations, Dr. Rangachari has leveraged internal and external collaborations to develop scholarship in health disparities research, specifically, disparities in unscheduled healthcare use for childhood asthma. She has also published on various other topics relevant to healthcare management and policy, including design and implementation of telehealth services, measurement of chronic disease self-management effectiveness, social determinants of health and their relationship to death from cardiovascular disease and opioid use, and leadership and organizational resilience during COVID-19.

Dr. Rangachari’s scholarship has been recognized at a national level. She received the William H. Newman Award for “Best Paper Based on a Dissertation” from the Academy of Management (AOM) and the "Outstanding Paper Based on a Dissertation" award from the Health Care Management (HCM) Division of the AOM, in 2008, followed by the "Best-Theory-to-Practice Paper Award" from the AOM Healthcare Management Division and nomination for the "Distinguished Paper Award" from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), in subsequent years.

While completing her doctoral studies, Dr. Rangachari also gained extensive work experience in the healthcare industry, having served in leadership roles at both a state hospital association and a community hospital. Since 2001, she has served as an elected member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. In 2019, she successfully passed the Certified in Public Health exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), to obtain the CPH credential.

Dr. Rangachari has also served on a variety of journal editorial boards and grant review panels for federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/NIOSH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and AHRQ. In 2019, she completed a four-year term as Standing Member of the Health Information Technology Research (HITR) Study Section for AHRQ. In 2021, she served as Guest Editor for a Special Issue on "Resilience and Improvisation at the Frontlines of Healthcare" for the International Journal of Public Health https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/RIFH. She currently serves as Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research, Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Healthcare Leadership and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (*Indicates student co-author)

Rangachari P. (2023). Does healthcare consumerism serve as a barrier or facilitator to the implementation of value-based primary care? Strategies to promote synergy and success. Frontiers in Medicine, Section: Family Medicine and Primary Care; 10:1269796. PubMed Link:

Rangachari P. The Untapped Potential of the Quadruple Aim of Primary Care to Foster a Culture of Health. Int J Gen Med. 2023 Jun 3; 16:2237-2243. PubMed Link:

Rangachari P, Parvez I, LaFontaine AA, Mejias C, Thawer F, Chen J, Pathak N, Mehta R. Effect of Disease Severity, Age of Child, and Clinic No-Shows on Unscheduled Healthcare Use for Childhood Asthma at an Academic Medical Center. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Jan 13;20(2):1508. PubMed Link:

Rangachari P, Mushiana SS, Herbert K. (2022). A scoping review of applications of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) to telehealth service implementation initiatives. BMC Health Services Research.22(1):1450. doi: 10.1186/s12913-022-08871-w. PMID: 36447279.
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Rangachari, P. (2022). A holistic framework of strategies and best practices for telehealth service design and implementation. In Service Design Practices for Healthcare Innovation: Paradigms, Principles, Prospects. Edited by Rasch, C., Brehmer, N., Pfannstiel, MA. Springer Publishing Group, New York, NY.
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Rangachari, P. (2022). EDITORIAL: Meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) medication reconciliation technology requires a shared understanding of its value among healthcare providers; Pharmacogenomics Research and Personalized Medicine; 1(1)

Rangachari, P., Govindarajan, A., Seehusen, D. Mehta, R., Rethemeyer, R.K. (2022). The relationship between Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and death from cardiovascular disease or opioid use in counties across the united states (2009-2018); BMC Public Health, 22, 236; IF: 3.17.
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Rangachari, P., Mushiana, S., Herbert, K. (2021). A narrative review of factors historically influencing telehealth use across six medical specialties in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9): 4995. IF: 3.39.
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Rangachari, P., Chen, J., Ahuja, N.*, Patel, A.*, Mehta, R. (2021). Demographic and risk factor differences between children with “one-time” and “repeat” visits to the emergency department for asthma. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (2): 486. IF: 3.39.
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Rangachari, P. (2020). Understanding evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation in HCOs using the lens of organizational theory, Journal of Healthcare Leadership; 12: 35-48; PMID: 32607042; ESCI
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Rangachari, P., Woods, J.L. (2020). Preserving organizational resilience, patient safety, and staff retention during COVID-19 requires a holistic consideration of the psychological safety of healthcare workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4267; IF: 3.39.
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Rangachari, P., Griffin, D.D., Ghosh, S., May, K.R. (2020). Demographic and risk-factor differences between users and non-users of unscheduled healthcare among pediatric outpatients with persistent asthma; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 17(8):2704; IF: 3.39.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Rethemeyer, R. (2020). A health system’s pilot experience with using mobile SKN technology to enable meaningful use of EHR MedRec. 2019 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium Proceedings; eCollection 2019: 745-754; PMID:32308870.
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Rangachari, P., May, K.R., Stepleman, L.M., Tingen, M.S., Looney, S. Liang, Y., Rockich-Winston, N., Rethemeyer, R.K. (2019). Measurement of key constructs in a holistic framework for assessing self- management effectiveness of pediatric asthma. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 16, 3060; PMID: 31443605; IF: 3.39.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Rethemeyer, R. (2019). A health system’s experiences with using social knowledge networking (SKN) technology to enable meaningful use of EHR medication reconciliation technology. Journal of Hospital Management and Healthcare Policy; 3: 22. PMID: 31656950.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Rethemeyer, R. (2019). Network analysis of the structure of inter-professional knowledge exchange related to electronic health record (EHR) medication reconciliation within a social knowledge networking (SKN) system; Journal of Healthcare Leadership; 11: 87-100; PMID: 31308781; SJR; ESCI.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Rethemeyer, R. (2019). A qualitative study of inter-professional learning related to electronic health record (EHR) medication reconciliation within a social knowledge networking (SKN) system; Journal of Healthcare Leadership; 11: 23-41; PMID: 31114416; SJR: 0.35; ESCI.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Fallaw, D., Davis, I., Sumner, M., Ray, W., Fiedler, S*. Nguyen, T*. Rethemeyer, R. (2019). A mixed-method study of practitioners’ perspectives on issues related to EHR Medication Reconciliation at a health system; Quality Management in Health Care, 28(2): 84-95 PMID: 30801417; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P. (2018). Implementing a Social Knowledge Networking (SKN) System to Enable Meaningful Use of an EHR Medication Reconciliation System: A Study Protocol. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy; PMID: 29618941; 11: 45-53; IF: 2.23.
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Rangachari, P., Dellsperger, K.C, Fallaw, D., Davis, I., Sumner, M., Ray, W., Fiedler, S*. Nguyen, T*. Rethemeyer, R. (2018). Creating a Foundation for Implementing an EHR-Integrated Social Knowledge Networking (SKN) System on Medication Reconciliation; Journal of Hospital Administration; 7(2): 36-49. doi:10.5430/jha.v7n2p36. PMID: 29682132.
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Rangachari, P. (2018). Innovation Implementation in the Context of Hospital QI: Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health; 5: 1-14. PMID: 29546884.
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Coughlin, S.S, Carbine, L.D., Heboyan, V., Hatzigeorgiou, C., Rangachari, P., De Leo, G (2017). Use of My HealtheVet patient web portal among veterans seen for diabetes mellitus at a medical center in the southeastern United States; mHealth; 3: 50.PMID: 29354642.
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Rangachari, P. (2017). A framework for measuring self-management effectiveness and healthcare use among pediatric asthma patients & families. Journal of Asthma and Allergy, 10: 111-122. PMID: 28442924; SJR; IF: 3.43.
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Rangachari, P. (2016). Role of Social Knowledge Networking Technology in facilitating meaningful use of Electronic Health Record medication reconciliation. Journal of Hospital Administration, 5(3): 98-106. https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v5n3p98.PMID:29152023.
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Rangachari, P., Madaio, M., Rethemeyer, R.K., Wagner, P., Hall, L.*, Roy, S.*, Rissing, P. (2015). Cumulative impact of periodic top-down quality improvement communications on infection prevention practices & outcomes in two units. Health Care Management Review, 40(4):324-36. PMID: 25120195; IF: 2.44.
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Rangachari, P., Mehta, R., Rethemeyer, R.K., Ferrang, C., Dennis, C., Redd, V. (2015). Short or long end of the lever? Associations between provider communication of the “Asthma-Action Plan” and outpatient revisits for pediatric asthma. Journal of Hospital Administration, 4(5): 26-39. . PMID: 29201264.
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Rangachari, P. Madaio, M., Rethemeyer, R.K., Wagner, P., Hall, L*., Roy, S*., Rissing, P. (2015). The evolution of knowledge exchanges enabling successful practice change in two intensive care units. Health Care Management Review, 40(1):65-78; PMID: 24153028; IF: 2.44.
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Rangachari, P. (2014). Using social knowledge networking technology to enable meaningful use of electronic health record technology in hospitals & health systems: Journal of Hospital Administration, 3(6): 66-78. . PMID: 29201263.
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Rangachari, P. Madaio, M., Rethemeyer, R.K., Wagner, P., Hall, L*., Roy, S*., Rissing, P. (2014). Role of communication content and frequency in enabling evidence-based practices. Quality Management in Heath Care, 23(1): 43-58. PMID: 24368720; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P., Rissing, P., Rethemeyer, R.K. (2013). Awareness of evidence-based practices alone does not translate to implementation: Insights from implementation research. Quality Management in Health Care, 22(2): 117-125; PMID: 23542366; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P. (2013). Effective communication network structures for hospital infection prevention: A study protocol. Quality Management in Health Care, 22(1):16-24; PMID: 23271590; IF: 0.89.
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Bhat, A., DeWalt, D., Zimmer, C., Fried, B., Rangachari, P., Seol, Y., Callahan, L. (2012). Associations between low literacy and health status measures: Cross-sectional analyses of two physical activity trials. Journal of Health Communication, 17(2): 230-245; PMID: 22059652; IF: 1.89
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Rangachari, P., Bhat, A., Seol, Y. (2011). Using the customer-service framework to successfully implement patient-and-family-centered care. Quality Management in Health Care, 20(3): 179-197; PMID: 21725217. SJR; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P., Rissing, P., Wagner, P., Mani, C., Rethemeyer, K., Dillard, T., Bystrom, C., Goins, D., Gillespie, W. (2010). A baseline study of communication networks related to evidence-based infection prevention practices in an intensive care unit. Quality Management in Health Care, 19(4): 330-348; PMID: 20924254. SJR; IF: 0.89. PubMed Link:

Rangachari, P. (2010). Overcoming the unintended adverse consequences of implementing health IT through human resource and knowledge management. Advances in Health Care Management, 9: 163-194; NLMID: 101090746 [Medline].
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Rangachari, P. (2010). Knowledge sharing and organizational learning in the context of hospital infection prevention. Quality Management in Health Care, 19(1): 34-45; PMID: 20042932; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P. (2009). Knowledge sharing networks in professional complex systems. Journal of Knowledge Management, 13(3): 132-145. doi: 10.1108/13673270910962923; IF: 4.74
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Rangachari, P. (2008). Knowledge sharing networks related to hospital quality measurement & reporting. Health Care Management Review, 33(3): 253-263; PMID: 18580305. SJR: 0.99; IF: 2.44.
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Rangachari, P. (2008). The strategic management of organizational knowledge exchange related to hospital quality measurement & reporting. Quality Management in Health Care, 17(3): 253-270; PMID: 18641508. SJR: 0.35; IF: 0.89.
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Rangachari, P. (2007). Coding for quality measurement: The relationship between hospital structural characteristics and coding accuracy. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 4(3), 12p. Available online: www.ahima.org/perspectives; PMID: 18066353. SJR: 0.28
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Rangachari, P., Hutchinson, D. (2006). A systems approach to dramatically improving core measure outcomes in a small rural facility. Journal of Healthcare Quality, 28(5): 37-43; PMID: 7518023. SJR: 0.5
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Select Current Publication Projects
  • Collaborative scoping review article on applications of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) to telehealth service implementation initiatives.
  • Collaborative research article on identifying individual, health system, and community-level risk factors for unscheduled healthcare use among children with asthma.
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Healthcare Performance Improvement
  • Human Resources Management
  • Health Policy and Politics
  • Fundamentals of Healthcare Management
  • Public Health Research Methods
High-Impact Practices
  • Evidence-based management strategies for the successful implementation of catheter-related bloodstream infection prevention practices in ICUs
  • Evidence-based management strategies for the meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology in health systems
  • Holistic framework of strategies and best practices for the design and implementation of telehealth services
  • Faculty mentorship for the formation of a Health Professions Student Association
  • Administrative leadership to enable rapid growth and development of a public health academic program

News and In the Media

In the Media

Pavani Rangachari, professor of healthcare administration, discusses the latest cyberattack targeting healthcare providers. The attacks impacted as many as one-third of Americans.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, discusses the possibility of Medicare covering weight loss drugs. The AMA considers obesity a disease that cannot be resolved for some with diet and exercise alone.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, comments that health insurance companies, providers, and the government must work to keep health care affordable and accessible for those with insurance.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, discusses why many older Americans do not have long term health insurance for services such as nursing homes or assisted living.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, comments on individuals being automatically disenrolled from Medicaid, saying the loss of coverage in some states is due to incomplete information on renewals for Medicaid.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, discusses the reasons for the closing of birthing and delivery services at Windham Hospital and why it was approved by the State of Connecticut.

In the Media

Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, had her published paper, The Untapped Potential of the Quadruple Aim of Primary Care to Foster a Culture of Health, cited in this article by Forbes discussing five principles to improve the patient experience.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, says there are opportunities such as retail care and outpatient care that create a less stressful environment for nurses than working in a hospital.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, says upcoming Medicare changes are good news regarding affordability and coverage.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, comments on why the number of uninsured Americans hit an all-time low.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, comments on the increasing number of surgeries for non-life-threatening procedures now that restrictions from the pandemic have been removed.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, discusses the federal government ending health insurance protection for those with COVID.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, wrote an op-ed about Americans losing access to health insurance as Medicaid eligibility checks are to resume, following a pause when COVID began.

In the Media

Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program, says there needs to be a systematic approach to changing how healthcare insurance providers cover eating disorders.

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Pavani Rangachari, professor and director of the Master of Public Healthcare Administration program, talks about the 14 million people who may lose Medicaid coverage for health insurance as the enrollment date cutoff nears.