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Thankam Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD

Thankam Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD

  • Research Scientist, Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute
  • Director, Dental Informatics Core, Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Professor, Indiana University School of Dentistry IUPUI

Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath is a biomedical informatics researcher and dentist. She is Director of the dental informatics core initiative at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The core’s primary objective is to enhance patient care through improved data capture, documentation and analysis of electronic health record data.

Dr. Thyvalikakath’s research focuses on leveraging electronic health record data for clinical research and quality improvement purposes; applying user-centered design and cognitive engineering methods to design clinical systems that better support clinicians’ decision-making processes; implementation and evaluation of clinical decision support systems; and facilitating health information exchange to promote coordinated care between medical and dental care providers.

Previously, she served as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh.

“Better management and analysis of electronic dental record data are essential to improving the oral health of the public in the digital age.”