Ph.D. Student Profile

Sunny  C. Lin

Sunny C. Lin, B.S., MS

  • PhD Candidate (2019)
  • Cognate: Interdisciplinary


  • BS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University (2009)
  • MS, Healthcare Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University (2014)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Health Informatics
  • Big Data
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Payment Reform
My research focuses on the role of health information technology in health delivery systems, specifically, its impact on cost and quality. I am interested in using novel analytic approaches such as data mining and complex systems analysis to further our understanding of how state and federal policies, health information technology, community resources, and health delivery systems interact to impact population health. My most recent research project examines the impact of accountable care organizations on underserved populations. My dissertation research is use of health information exchange in hospitals that participate in value-based payment reforms.

Selected Publications

  • Lin, Sunny C., Ashish K. Jha, and Julia Adler-Milstein. “Electronic Health Records Associated with Lower Hospital Mortality after Systems Have Time to Mature.” Health Affairs (In Press)
  • Lin, Sunny C., and Julia Adler-Milstein. “The Uncertain Future of Health Information Organizations: HIO Presence is Strongly Associated with Hospital and Vendor Dynamics.” BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. (In Press)
  • Hollingsworth, John M., Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, Phyllis Yan, Sarah Ward, Sunny Lin, Carrie H. Colla, Valerie A. Lewis, John Z. Ayanian, and Andrew M. Ryan, “Medicare ACOs Are Not Associated With Reductions In The Use of Low-Value Coronary Revascularization” Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. (In Press)
  • Lin, Sunny C., Jordan Everson, and Julia Adler-Milstein. “Technology, Incentives, or Both? Factors Related to Level of Hospital Health Information Exchange.” Health Services Research. (March 2018)
  • Adler-Milstein, Julia, Sunny C. Lin, and Ashish K. Jha. “Health Information Exchange Efforts Across the US: More than One-Third of Providers are Participating but Long-term Viability Uncertain.” Health Affairs. (July 2016)
  • Cross, Dori A., Sunny C. Lin, and Julia Adler-Milstein. “Assessing Payer Perspectives on Health Information Exchange.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (July 2015)

Additional Information

  • Academy Health
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)