Ponrathi Athilingam is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa. She is a clinician, educator, and a researcher. As a nurse scientist, she focuses on research that addresses technology-based interventions to improve self-care of patients with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She has led interdisciplinary funded research through a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps grant and a Small Business Innovation Research grant from National Institute of Nursing Research. She collaborated with computer engineers and co-developed two mobile technologies: “HeartMapp” for self-care of patients with heart failure and “Tussis-Watch” for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The mobile application HeartMapp serves as health coach for patients with heart failure, offers feedback to patients using artificial intelligence, and provides data access to health care providers for early health care decision-making to prevent costly readmissions. Feasibility and pilot efficacy on HeartMapp demonstrated improved self-care and quality of life. Dr. Athilingam has published her findings in scientific journals and presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally. She has established research collaboration in Singapore and India to translate HeartMapp into local languages.
Dr. Athilingam received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, and a Master of Community Health from Liverpool University, Liverpool, England. She earned a Master of Science with Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration and a PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester, New York.