Dr. Pamella Howell

Pamella Howell
College of Business and Economics
Information Systems
Office Location: ST 619
Email: phowell@calstatela.edu


Dr. Howell earned her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also completed a Master’s in Business Administration and a Masters in Information Systems. She is a former Adjunct Instructor in the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Howell completed a one-year tenure as a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biomedical Informatics Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has ten years of healthcare industry experience addressing the real-world challenges faced by healthcare organizations as they prepare to compete in the digital age.


Dr. Howell’s teaching philosophy is to foster an environment where students of varying academic prowess feel invigorated, engaged, challenged, and motivated. With each student interaction, she aims to create a positive and enlightening learning experience where a students’ imagination is unbounded. She is passionate about teaching Health Information Technology, Clinical Informatics, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, Analytics, and Machine Learning.


Dr. Howell’s research centers primarily on Medicaid recipients. She is acutely aware of the impact of social determinants on the at-risk population living in underserved urban communities. Underserved patients are more susceptible to multiple chronic diseases stemming from genetic pre-dispositions and lifestyle patterns. Patients faced with significant financial and social hardships account for a considerable portion of healthcare expenditure. In direct response to the continued occurrence of inefficiencies and poor outcomes, regulations and quality improvement initiatives have centered around three objectives: improving the quality of care, improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare. In alignment with the three national goals, her research questions cover four central themes: health information technology, healthcare analytics, privacy, and emergency notification systems.


Title Date

White Paper: Pre‐Standards Workstream Report:  Clinical IoT Data Validation and  Interoperability with Blockchain : https://standards.ieee.org/standard/WhitePaper_10108.html. Workstream leader: Florence D. Hudson, Members: 22 active participants = 10 Industry, 6 Academia, 3 Government, 3 IEEE.


Qu, J., Jiang, M., Sharman, R., Das, S., Howell, P., Fox., (2019) “Incentive, behavior, and outcomes: a review of healthcare payment model” Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

Howell, P., Elkin, P.," Can Solo Practitioners Survive in Value-based Healthcare?: Validating a Predicative Model for ED Utilization " MedInfo 2019, Lyon, France 

Howell, P., Davies, J., Elkin, P., " Evaluating In-hospital Death Disparities after Emergency Room Admission to Critical Care" AMIA 2019 Informatics Summit, San Francisco


Howell, P., Sharman, R., Fox, C., "Examining the Impact of IT-Enabled Medicaid Health Homes on Reducing Healthcare Costs" Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA) 2018, Washington, DC





Ph.D. in Management Science and Systems  2018

  • State University of New York at Buffalo 

Master of Science, Management Information Systems  2018

  • State University of New York at Buffalo 

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)  2013

  • State University of New York at Buffalo 

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management   2006

  • The University of The West Indies, Mona
  • Jamaica, West Indies     



2019 - Present

Member, International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®)

2018 - Present

Member, Beta Gamma Sigma                                                                          

2016 - Present

Member, Association for Information Systems (AIS)

2018 - 2019

Co-chair, 24TH American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS): Healthcare Data Analytics Mini Track

2018 - 2019

Participant , IEEE-SA Clinical IOT Data Validation & Interoperability with Blockchain

2018 - 2019

Member, Student Planning Committee NLM Informatics Training Conference 2019

2018 - 2019

Member, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

2017 - 2017

Reviewer, International Conference on Information Systems – ICIS SIG Health

2016 - 2017

Reviewer, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)

2016 - 2017

Reviewer, American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)