Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Dr. Sunit Jariwala Named Director of Clinical and Research Innovation

Sunit Jariwala, MD
Sunit Jariwala, MD
Sunit P. Jariwala, MD, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Director of Allergy/Immunology Research, and Lead Adult Allergist/Immunologist at Montefiore Asthma Center, has been named the Director of Clinical and Research Innovation for the Department of Medicine.

In this newly created position, Dr. Jariwala will lead the DOM’s initiative to develop and implement innovative digital technologies that will empower patients, providers, researchers, and educators across Montefiore and Einstein. 

"Technological innovation is a key driving force in reshaping the way we provide care for patients," said Dr. Yaron Tomer, Chair, Department of Medicine, Professor, Departments of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, and Anita and Jack Saltz Chair in Diabetes Research, Montefiore Einstein. "From the use of artificial intelligence in decision support for physicians to telemedicine and new Apps for the management of chronic conditions, innovation is affecting all facets of patient care and clinical operations. Dr. Jariwala has demonstrated his collaborative spirit, keen leadership, and long-standing interest in harnessing technology and innovation to improve quality of care. I am certain that in his new role he will help transform the way we provide care to our patients." 

In 2014, Dr. Jariwala initiated a multi-disciplinary team effort to develop and evaluate ASTHMAXcel, a mobile App that is available for both iOS and Android-based tablets and smartphones. The engaging intervention, which delivers personalized guideline-based asthma education to adults and children, promotes asthma self-management skills, including when and how to use asthma control and rescue medications and how to minimize exposure to possible triggers and encourage healthier behaviors. Dr. Jariwala is currently evaluating a smartphone-paired remote patient monitoring intervention for asthma.

Going forward, Dr. Jariwala will oversee a team that will design and implement guideline-based patient education programs and digital health technologies that will help streamline clinical workflows and assist providers in the department. Examples of these initiatives include virtual scribes, telehealth, and using AI in scheduling appointments.  

He will also work to enhance the department’s research efforts. New initiatives will include developing mobile health-related projects and electronic consent forms; expanding digital health programs; supporting clinical trials and research funding opportunities; and promoting faculty and trainee education in digital health technologies, among others.

Since joining the Montefiore Einstein faculty in 2011, Dr. Jariwala has served as the PI of 12 grants, including recently awarded grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R18) and the Price Family Foundation. He is currently leading several grant-funded projects to develop ASTHMAXcel for asthma patients in the emergency department setting and also developing a new App for use by adult patients with type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Jariwala currently serves as the Vice Chair (and Chair-Elect) of the Health Informatics, Technology & Education Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He also serves as the lead of Informatics and Patient-Reported Outcomes Research of the New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING).

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