Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir, Associate Professor of Management Science and Statistics at the University of Maryland and Founder and Chairwoman of PayAnalytics, specializes in operations research methods using large scale data; her research centers around data driven decision making, combining optimization modeling with data analytics. In health-care Dr. Bjarnadóttir specializes in decision modeling using EMR and claims data. Her recent papers include: “Aiding the Prescriber” which focuses on risk modeling for improved opioid prescriptions and “Predicting Colorectal Cancer Mortality” which utilizes EMR and Cancer Registry data to build decision support tools. Examples of other applications include drug surveillance design, practice patterns and patient targeting. Dr. Bjarnadóttir has consulted with both health care start-ups on risk modeling using health care data as well as governmental agencies such as a central bank on data-driven fraud detection algorithms.
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Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir
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PhD, MIT, Operations Research
Areas of Expertise
bird’s eye view: a data-driven approach to understanding patient journeys from claims data”, JAMIA.
Moderating Clinician Behavior in Opioid Prescribing: Evidence from a Simulation Model,” PharmacoEconomics.
Response to Pressure for Gender Pay Equity,” Organization Science, 30(1), 214-231.
Mortality: Models to Facilitate Patient-Physician Conversations and Inform Operational Decision Making,”
Production and Operations Management, 27(12), 2162-2183.
Of Cure? Identifying High-Risk Candidates for Case Management.” IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems
Engineering, 6(1), 22-32.
2016. Understanding Prescription Patterns Using Visualization of Large Scale Claims Data.” PharmacoEco-
nomics, 34(2), 169-79.
Vempala, Grant Wang. 2008. Algorithmic Prediction of Health Care Costs.” Operations Research, 56(6),
Winner of the Best Newcomer and Best Social Impact Startup at the Icelandic Finals of the Nordic Startup Awards (2018)
Multiple Distinguished Teaching Awards, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2015-2017)
Krowe Teaching Award, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2017)
Smith School of Business top 15% teaching award (2014)