About Us

The Center for Health Information & Decision Systems (CHIDS) is an academic research center in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park.  CHIDS works in collaboration with industry, clinical and government partners to develop solutions to the challenges surrounding the design, adoption and integration of information technologies into the healthcare system.  The research at CHIDS seeks to understand how digital technologies can be more effectively deployed to address outcomes such as patient safety, healthcare quality, efficiency in healthcare delivery, and a reduction in health disparities.  CHIDS draws on the expertise of the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies Department (DO&IT) at the Smith School and the University of Maryland Schools of Engineering, Public Health, Medicine, and Pharmacy. DO&IT is acknowledged by several publications as a Top 5 performer in research production worldwide and the Information Systems group ranks in the top 10 worldwide in Business Week and U.S. News and World Report.  Since its inception in 2005, CHIDS has served as a focal point for thought leadership around the topic of digitally-enabled health transformation.