Adam Powell, Ph.D.

Adam C. Powell, Ph.D.


Areas of Expertise:

Healthcare quality
Claims-based analyses
Prior authorization
Global health
Mental health


Ph.D., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Health Care Management & Economics
M.A., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Health Care Management & Economics
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Management Science
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Writing


Adam C. Powell, Ph.D. is President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, a management advisory and operational consulting firm focused on the managed care and healthcare delivery industries. A healthcare economist and published author, Dr. Powell’s specialty as a consultant is using quantitative techniques to examine issues concerning healthcare technology, quality, and operations. His peer-reviewed research has focused on improving healthcare quality in mHealth (mobile health) and in high-cost areas of medicine, especially those subject to prior authorization. He manages the outcomes research alliance between HealthHelp and Humana. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR): Mental Health and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Participatory Medicine. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of PsyberGuide and on the Experts Council of the Mary Christie Foundation. He additionally is known for his expertise in global health informatics, and has lectured extensively in Asia.

Dr. Powell holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Health Care Management and Economics. He also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Management Science and Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Powell is a member of the adjunct faculties of Northeastern University and Thomas Jefferson University, where he teaches Masters courses on healthcare finance, epidemiology, and global health informatics. He additionally serves on the Visiting Faculty of the Indian School of Business, where he teaches a course on health IT management in the post-graduate and executive education programs.

Dr. Powell has been featured in over two hundred articles from outlets including JAMA, CNN, Forbes, Fox, Inc., CBS News, NBC News, Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, The Advisory Board, The Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo! Finance, Becker’s Hospital Review, Fierce, Healthcare Finance News, HealthLeaders Media, KevinMD, mHIMSS, Modern Healthcare, Minyanville, and Seeking Alpha.


Adam C. Powell, John B. Torous, Joseph Firth and Kenneth R. Kaufman. “Generating value with mental health apps.” 2020. BJPsych Open. Forthcoming.

Adam C. Powell. “Impact of the Artificial Nudge.” 2020. Academic Radiology. Jan 1;27(1):143-6.

Adam Powell, Teresa Rogstad, Nandita Jacob, Gary Smith, James Long, Uday Deshmukh, Bryan Loy, and Amin Mirhadi. The Association between Use of Hypofractionation and Treatment Completion among Recipients of Radiation Therapy Post Mastectomy. 2019. Practical Radiation Oncology.

Adam C. Powell, Yan Wang, Gary L. Smith, James W. Long, Uday U. Deshmukh, David P. Friedman, Christopher G. Roth, and Baskaran Sundaram. “Outpatient facility-based order variation in combined imaging.” 2019. PLOS ONE.

Adam C. Powell, Teresa Rogstad, Sarah Elliott, Stephen Price, James Long, Uday Deshmukh, M. Hassan Murad, and Mark Steffen. “Pain and Healthcare Utilization Following Early Imaging for Low Back Pain in Older Individuals.” 2019. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Adam C. Powell, Matthias B. Bowman, and Henry T. Harbin. “Reimbursement of Apps for Mental Health: Current Practices and Potential Pathways.” 2019. JMIR: Mental Health.

Adam C. Powell, Teresa L. Rogstad, David E. Winchester, Jon D. Shanser, James W. Long, Uday U. Deshmukh, and Vijay M. Rao. “Discordance in Clinical Recommendations Regarding the Use of Imaging.” 2019. American Journal of Medical Quality. In press.

Adam C. Powell, Zongyang Yue, Chenglei Shan, and John B. Torous. “The Monetization Strategies of Apps for Anxiety Management: An International Comparison.” 2019. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.

Adam C. Powell, James W. Long, Erin M. Kren, Amit K. Gupta, and David C. Levin. 2019. “Evaluation of a Program for Improving Advanced Imaging Interpretation.” Journal of Patient Safety. Mar;15(1):69.

Adam C. Powell, Christopher T. Lugo, Yan Wang, Gary L. Smith, James W. Long, and Uday U. Deshmukh. “Modification and Reinitiation of Lower Back Imaging Orders After Evidence-Based Collaborative Consultation.” 2018. Academic Radiology. 2018 Dec 20.

Teresa L. Rogstad, Adam C. Powell, Yongjia Song, Tristan Cordier, Stephen E. Price, James W. Long, Uday U. Deshmukh, and Jeffrey D. Simmons. “Determinants of Outcomes Following Outpatient Placement of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in a Medicare Advantage Population.” 2018. Clinical Cardiology. 2018 Aug 9.

Adam C. Powell, Preeti Singh, and John B. Torous. 2018. “The Complexity of Mental Health App Privacy Policies: A Potential Barrier to Privacy.” JMIR: mHealth and uHealth. 6(7):e158.

Adam C. Powell, Stephen E. Price, Khoa Nguyen, Gary L. Smith, James W. Long, and Uday U. Deshmukh. “Prior Authorization for Elective Diagnostic Catheterization.” 2018. American Health & Drug Benefits. 11(4): 168.174.

Adam C. Powell, David C. Levin, Erin M. Kren, Roy A. Beveridge, James W. Long, and Amit K. Gupta. 2017. “2005 to 2014 CT and MRI Utilization Trends in the Context of a Nondenial Prior Authorization Program.” Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. doi: 10.1177/2333392817732018

Adam C. Powell, Teresa L. Rogstad, Uday U. Deshmukh, Stephen E. Price, and Jeffrey D. Simmons. 2017. “An exploration of the association between ischemic etiology and the likelihood of heart failure hospitalization following cardiac resynchronization therapy.” Clinical Cardiology. doi: 10.1002/clc.22779

Adam C. Powell, Amin J. Mirhadi, Bryan A. Loy, Laura E. Happe, James W. Long, Erin M. Kren, and Amit K. Gupta. 2017. “Presentation at computed tomography (CT) scan of the thorax and first year diagnostic and treatment utilization among patients diagnosed with lung cancer.” PLOS ONE. 12(7): e0181319.

John Torous, Jorge Rodriguez, and Adam C. Powell. 2017. “The New Digital Divide For Digital Biomarkers.” Digital Biomarkers.

Adam C. Powell, Patrick J. Kennedy, Garry Carneal, Steve Davis, Henry Harbin, and The Kennedy Forum Senior Leadership Team. 2017. “New Technologies for Improving Behavioral Health.” Kennedy Forum Issue Brief.

Adam C. Powell, Jasmine K. Ludhar, and Yuri Ostrovsky. 2017. “Health Information System Use in an Affluent Region in India: Findings from a Survey of Chandigarh Hospitals.” International Journal of Medical Informatics. 103 (2017) 78–82 doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.04.011

Adam C. Powell, James W. Long, Erin M. Kren, Amit K. Gupta, and David C. Levin. 2016. “Evaluation of a Program for Improving Advanced Imaging Interpretation.” Journal of Patient Safety. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000345

Adam C. Powell, Milton Chen, and Chanida Thammachart. 2016. “The Economic Benefits of Mobile Apps and Telepsychiatry Services When Used by Adolescents” Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2016.07.013

John Torous, Adam Powell, and Michael Knable. 2016. “Quality assessment of self-directed software and mobile applications for the treatment of mental illness.” Psychiatric Annals. 46(10):579–583. doi:10.3928/00485713-20160908-02.

William Gruber, Adam Powell, and John Torous. 2016. “The Power of Capturing and Using Information at the Point of Care.” Healthcare.

Adam C. Powell, John Torous, Steven Chan, Geoffrey Raynor, Erik Shwarts, Meghan Shanahan, and Adam B. Landman. 2016. “Inter-rater Reliability of mHealth App Rating Measures: Analysis of Top Depression and Smoking Apps.” Journal of Medical Internet Research: mHealth and uHealth. 4(1): e15.

Bryan A. Loy, Clive I. Shkedy, Adam C. Powell, Laura E. Happe, Julie A. Royalty, Michael T. Miao, Gary L. Smith, James W. Long, and Amit K. Gupta. 2016. “Do Case Rates Affect Physicians’ Clinical Practice in Radiation Oncology?: An Observational Study.” PLOS ONE. 11(2): e0149449.

Adam C. Powell, Daniel S. Hippe, James W. Long, and Jeffrey D. Robinson. 2015. “Re-initiation of Withdrawn or Modified Neuroimaging Requests after Collaborative Consultation.” Academic Radiology. Published Online in Advance of Print Publication (September 9, 2015):

John Torous and Adam C. Powell. 2015. “Current research and trends in the use of smartphone applications for mood disorders.” Internet Interventions. 2(2):169-173.

Adam C. Powell, Adam B. Landman, and David W. Bates. 2014. “Certification of Mobile Apps for Health Care-Reply.” JAMA. 312(11): 1156-1157.

Saurabh Jha and Adam C. Powell. 2014. “A (Gentle) Introduction to Behavioral Economics.” American Journal of Roentgenology. 203(July 2014): 111-117.

Adam C. Powell, Adam B. Landman, and David W. Bates. 2014. “In Search of a Few Good Apps.” JAMA. 311(18): 1851-1852. Published Online in Advance of Print Publication (March 24, 2014):

Adam C. Powell, Sergei V. Savin, and Nicos Savva. 2012. “Physician Workload and Hospital Revenue: Overworked Physicians Generate Less Revenue Per Patient.” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Articles in Advance (May 4, 2012): 1-17.

Adam C. Powell and Jeff C. Goldsmith. 2012. “The health information technology sector.” In Lawton Burns (Ed.), The Business of Healthcare Innovation, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.

Adam C. Powell. 2011. “Perspectives on Firm Decision Making During Risky Technology Acquisitions.” Publicly accessible Penn Dissertations.

Atul F. Kamath, Keith Baldwin, Lauren K. Meade, Adam C. Powell, and Samir Mehta. 2011. “The Increased Financial Burden of Further Proposed Orthopaedic Resident Work Hour Reductions.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery,
93-A(7): e31(1)-e31(8).

Lawton R. Burns, Rajiv J. Shah, Frank A. Sloan, and Adam C. Powell. 2009. “The Impact of Hospital Ownership Conversions: Review of the Literature and Results from a Comparative Field Study” in Grant Savage and Myron Fottler (Eds.), Advances in Health Care Management, Volume 8. Biennial Review of Health Care Management: Meso Perspectives. pp. 171-229. United Kingdom: Emerald.

Adam C. Powell. 2006. “To Our Health: The Role of IT in Healthcare.” DSpace@MIT, MIT Archives. Thesis.