laura pugliese, mph

Manager, Innovation Research, HITLAB

Laura leads the mHealth and digital health research efforts for HITLAB, where she assesses the usability, user experience, feasibility and impact of new health technologies through diverse research methods. She currently acts as the Director of HITLAB's Digital Health Breakthrough Network, a new initiative that operates rapid pilot tests of early stage technologies in New York City, launching in 2016 in partnership with NYCEDC. She also is currently the director of a large national research study to assess the technology needs, perceptions and usability among family caregivers, funded by AARP's Project Catalyst program.

Previously at HITLAB, Laura has led a 12-month cohort study to test the impact of consumer-facing wearables on physical activity behaviors; a large controlled trial to investigate the effect of a mobile messaging on health-seeking behavior among pregnant women in rural Ghana; and research to evaluate the impact of improved EHR usability on physician workflow, healthcare costs and clinical outcomes. Her work at the lab has been funded by Novartis, AARP, New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Columbia University and others.

Prior to working with HITLAB, Laura led and performed research around health outcomes and health service utilization for Boston University School of Public Health, International Medical Corps and Oxfam, including three years spent in South Africa evaluating the impact of health and education programming. She has a Masters in Public Health from Boston University, where she was awarded the Rex Fendall Award for Excellence for her Masters thesis and research on inadequacies in South Africa's reproductive health care services. She has a BA in Anthropology from Georgetown University.