News Archives

2012

November 8, 2012: AHRQ has published Designing Consumer Health IT: A Guide for Developers and Systems Designers, which was developed to highlight key strategies that have been used to produce outstanding consumer IT products that may be extensible to consumer health IT products. The guide presents 10 recommendations as a way to introduce new approaches to consumer health IT developers and companies that want to increase sales and better satisfy customers. CHIDS played an integral role in the Westat-led project team, funded by AHRQ under Contract No. HHSA290200900023I.

October 5-6, 2012: CHIDS hosted the Third Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE 2012), which brought together a multidisciplinary health IT and economics research community, where new ideas with both policy and business implications where the focus of lively presentations and debate. Thank you to all our attendees, authors, presenters and sponsors for making WHIE 2012 a big success!

September 19-21: CHIDS conducted a unique peer-to-peer based executive education program for state officials and health insurance exchange boards focused on setting up a successful exchange in their state. CHIDS is committed to accelerating the understanding and use of best practices for developing, governing and operating Health Insurance Exchanges.

July 6, 2012: CHIDS team with eGlobalTech's "HIT Ventures" (with JV partner Clinton Rubin) has been awarded the HHSCIOSP3Contract Vehicle administered by NITAAC. The contract will support planning, acquisition and deployment of large-scale IT program requirements across federal and DoD agencies and has a $20B ceiling value.

April 20, 2012: Neostream, an online platform to improve outcomes for sick babies by better engaging parents in their care drew first place in the CHIDS Innovate 4 Healthcare Challenge, a collegiate competition based on radically improving healthcare through new processes that are enabled by innovative information technology applications and supported by a sustainable market strategy.

February 27, 2012: CHIDS at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is offering a unique peer-to-peer based executive education program for state officials and health insurance exchange boards focused on setting up a successful exchange in their state. CHIDS is committed to accelerating the understanding and use of best practices for developing, governing and operating Health Insurance Exchanges.

January 31, 2012: CHIDS announces the Innovate 4 Healthcare Challenge. CHIDS is challenging students nationwide to develop solutions that radically improve healthcare outcomes by using information technology to improve patient engagement with health care providers.

2011

November 20, 2011: CHIDS hits 500 followers on Twitter! Are you one of them? If not, follow us at @HealthIT.

November 1, 2011: The second annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) summit was held in October at the Washington Marriott, where more than 100 participants - including prominent scholars from across the globe - gathered to discuss the latest in health IT and present new ideas with both policy and business implications. Thank you to our sponsors AHRQ, Optimal Solutions Group, University of Minnesota and AcademyHealth.

October 15, 2011: The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Health IT Research recently hosted the University of Maryland Fall Health IT Summit at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union in College Park. In attendance were representatives from the government, military, academic institutions, healthcare providers and others - all there to discuss the health information technology strategy, policy and technology issues facing both Maryland and the United States. Read more here.

August 1, 2011: CHIDS is proud to partner with CareFirst, the largest health insurer in the Mid-Atlantic, on a research program to assess the potential impact of emerging social media tools on health IT and determine these tools implications for healthcare finance and delivery.

June 28, 2011: The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Health IT Research (COEHITR) a multi-campus initiative with collaboration across the College Park and Baltimore campuses has awarded $15,000 in funding to each of two teams working on promising health information technologies as part of the inaugural Health IT Seed Grant Program.

June 20, 2011: CHIDS Fellow Brad Greenwood, presents findings from the paper “The Information Value of Online Physician Ratings” at INFORMS Healthcare 2011 in Montreal, Quebec. The paper is co-authored by CHIDS Director Ritu Agarwal, CHIDS Senior Fellow Guodong “Gordon” Gao, and PhD candidate Brad Greenwood, all from the Smith School, along with Jeffrey McCullough of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. The authors investigated potential biases among Internet users rating general practitioners on websites such as Angie’s List, healthgrades.com, RateMds.com, Vitals.com, and Yelp.com. Click here for Podcast.

April 18, 2011: The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Health Information Technology Research (COEHITR) is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Health IT Seed Grant Program. The program is also intended to foster collaborations between junior and senior investigators and provide mentorship for new investigators in the art of grant writing and research. Click here for details.

February 22, 2011: CHIDS Associate Director Kenyon Crowley presented the CHIDS Health Information Exchange Evaluation Framework at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando; the health IT industry's premier conference attended by over 30,000 professionals and policymakers. Click here for presentation.

2010

November 5, 2010: The 11th Annual CIO Forum - Information Technology in Government and Business. This year our distinguished speakers will attempt to address ideas and topics such as sustaining an innovative culture inside organizations and managing waves of technological innovation.

October 2010: CHIDS Director Ritu Agarwal is appointed to the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Services Research Initial Review Group (IRG), Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section. In this role, Dr. Agarwal provides review of programs related to the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care, including clinical outcomes studies, as well as studies to develop/test quality measures, methods, tools and indicators.

September 2010: Based on the CHIDS HIE Evaluation Framework, CHIDS completes its assessment of the District of Columbia Regional Health Information Organization (DC RHIO) which is managed by the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) and funded by the Government of the District of Columbia. 

June 2010: "A close encounter with the problem of low-tech medical records" op-ed article by CHIDS Director Dr. Ritu Agarwal is featured in the Baltimore Sun, which recounts a personal story of the effect of missing and uncoordinated information which is plaguing our health system and yielding quality, safety and cost issues.

2009

March 2009: Reuters, eHealth SmartBrief, Medical Device Daily, Fierce HealthIT and Healthcare Finance covered the CHIDS study on the cost of poor communications in US hospitals. The study found that hospitals waste $12B annually due to poor communication, which equals almost 2% of hospital revenues nationwide. Please click here to read article.

February 15, 2009: Washington Post Sunday business section of February 15, in an article titled "Online Health Data in Remission" features commentary by CHIDS director, Ritu Agarwal on the $19B health IT component of the stimulus package. Please click here to read article.

2008

October 9, 2008: Professor Agarwal presents a policy perspective on privacy at the "Leadership during Organizational Transformation" at Oakland University.

CHIDS Awarded Research Project
In collaboration with Insight Policy Research and Westat, CHIDS has been awarded a research contract for the project “Personal Health Information Management and Design of Consumer Health IT” from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This project seeks to establish a foundation and propose an action agenda for the integration of patients’ personal health information management into the design of patient-centered health information technology. The project will involve an assessment and synthesis of existing research and evidence regarding patients’ personal health information management practices and its linkage to effective development and use of patient-centered health IT; identifying and convening a multi-disciplinary expert panel to establish a research agenda around personal health information management and health IT; and synthesizing the information gained into a final report to include a preliminary framework for studying this topic and recommendations for ongoing research, implementation and policy work in this field. This project will be an important addition to the existing research portfolio of health information technology research at CHIDS.

CHIDS is collaborating with researchers at the Children's' National Medical Center on a study of workflow process improvement caused by an electronic documentation system.

Prof. Ritu Agarwal was Invited to present “Isolating the Effects of Health IT on Performance” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November.

2007

CHIDS participated in the event "The Challenge of Maintaining Medical Privacy and Security Relating to Laptop Theft" by the Healthcare Technology Network of Greater Washington," held on October 19, 2007. P. Kenyon Crowley, CHIDS Fellow attended the event and represented CHIDS.

Professor Ritu Agarwal was the Panel Chair and Presenter on the Academy of Management Annual Symposium, August 2007. Her talk and presentation on “Transforming the Practice and Delivery of Healthcare Through Information Technology,” was well attended by symposium participants and generated much lively discussion and debate.

P. Kenyon Crowley, CHIDS Fellow attended the event and discussion on "Future of HIT: Where Are We Going?" organized by Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Chapter Area, on April 19, 2007.

2006

CHIDS was invited to participate in a conference "The HIT View from the Hill and Beyond" organized by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Chapter Area on September 21, 2006. P. Kenyon Crowley, CHIDS Fellow attended the event and represented CHIDS.

CISCO Systems joins CHIDS as an Associate Member.

12-14-2006 - Capital Technology Information Services (CTIS) Inc. signs corporate membership with CHIDS.

11-16-06 - CHIDS launches nationwide study of Electronic Health Record systems used in Physician offices.

CHIDS Fellow Jiban Khuntia participated in the Second Nationwide Health Information Network Forum: Health Information Network Security and Services on October 16-17, 2006 at Washington DC. Ref : http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/NHIN_Forum.

08-20-2006 - Department of Health and Human Services awards a contract to CHIDS.

08-01-2006 - NSF awards Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) planning grant to CHIDS.

07-27-2006 - CHIDS researchers testify before American Health Information Community (AHIC).

07-12-2006 - Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. signs corporate membership with CHIDS.

06-05-2006 - CHIDS researcher presents at HITWeek in Washington, DC on the value of the PHR.

04-19-2006 - A recent study by CHIDS' researchers shows privacy concerns related to EHR use can be alleviated through proper messaging.

03-13-2006 - CHIDS' researchers partner with Pfizer and Coastal to study feasibility of using HIT in storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.

01-16-2006 - CHIDS produces white paper for Vocera Communications Inc. examining the use of Wireless HIT by nurses.

01-03-2006 - Pfizer Inc signs corporate membership with CHIDS.

CHIDS and HIMSS Develop National Healthcare Tracking System

University of Maryland Launches Center for Health IT - Article in iHealthBeat

Smith’s Sixth Annual CIO Forum Brings Experts and Industry Together

08-20-2006
Department of Health and Human Services awards a contract to CHIDS. CHIDS was recently awarded a contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the support of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). CHIDS will subcontract to WESTAT – the prime contractor - of Rockville, Maryland. The goal of the proposed project is to retrieve information on the approaches and corresponding metrics currently in use and proposed for measuring the success and degree of adoption of HIT. This information will then be made available in a public database.

08-01-2006
NSF awards Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) planning grant to CHIDS. CHIDS was awarded a 1-year planning grant from NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs) program. The program is designed to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in their development and evolution. I/UCRCs stimulate highly leveraged industry/university cooperation by focusing on fundamental research recommended by Industrial Advisory Boards. CHIDS' university partner is Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical and its current industry partners are Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems and Pfizer.

07-27-2006
CHIDS researchers testify before American Health Information Community (AHIC) On July 27, 2006 Professor Ritu Agarwal, Director of CHIDS, and Corey Angst, Associate Director of CHIDS, testified before the American Health Information Community, Consumer Empowerment Workgroup Hearing on Personal Health Records. The AHIC is headed by Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services and includes key leaders from the public and private sectors. The Consumer Empowerment Workgroup is tasked with reporting to the AHIC recommendations related to gaining wide spread adoption of a personal health record that is easy-to-use, portable, longitudinal, affordable, and consumer-centered. Professor Agarwal and Corey Angst presented findings from recent PHR research they conducted and responded to questions from the workgroup related to evolving trends and value of using PHRs. For more information and transcripts from the testimonies, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/ahic/workgroups.html.