Smith-CHIDS Hosts Research Summit to Accelerate Health IT
College Park, Md. - Oct. 1, 2012 - Leading researchers
representing 40 institutions worldwide will present and discuss their work in
the third Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE)
on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va.
Organized by the Center for Health Information and Decision
Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of
Business, the conference is designed to foster collaboration between academia,
government and industry.
Participants will share ideas on health IT subtopics ranging from adoption
barriers and assimilation into workflows and organizations to impacts of
investments, measures and incentives for meaningful use and business models for
health information exchanges. (Go to the
website for a detailed listing of panel topics and research presentations.)
The recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act magnifies the importance of this year's workshop, said WHITE
Chair Ritu Agarwal, Dean's Chair of Information Systems and director of CHIDS.
"The court's decision has created a path to improving access, reducing costs and
enhancing health care quality, and health information technology offers the
potential to take advantage of this opportunity," she said. "However,
significant challenges remain regarding design, implementation, utilization and
evaluation of health IT. A compelling need persists for research that can inform
both policymakers and practitioners."
Gordon Gao, assistant professor of decision, operations and information
technology and WHITE program co-chair, noted: “We need a forum where policy
makers can actively guide the agenda that researchers are pursuing. WHITE is a
robust forum for such exchanges.”
Keynote speakers Dennis Wagner and Stephen T. Parente bring high-level
policymaking, administrative and research insight related to health IT. Wagner
has established himself as an international leader in healthcare quality
improvement, the environment and social marketing through the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. He co-directs the department's Partnership for
Patients Initiative and serves as associate director for campaign leadership in
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Innovation Center. Parente, a
finance professor in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management,
directs the UM Medical Industry Leadership Institute and has been the principal
investigator for funded studies on consumer directed health plans since 2002. He
also was a health policy adviser for the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and
served as legislative fellow in 1992-1993 for the office of West Virginia
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.
About the Center for Health Information
and Decision Systems
CHIDS is an academic research center with collaboration with industry and
federal, state, and local government affiliates, and is designed to research,
analyze, and recommend solutions to challenges surrounding the introduction and
integration of information and decision technologies into the healthcare system.
CHIDS offers the benefit of a world-class research staff and renowned scholars
in the economic, social, behavioral, and managerial aspects of technology
implementation, adoption, assimilation, and return on investment. CHIDS serves
as a focal point for thought leadership around the topic of health information
and decision systems.
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.