Health IT and Economics Summit to Gauge Health Care Reform

Nov 07, 2013, 16:50 ET from University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Experts from academia, industry and government will gather Nov. 15-16 at the Washington D.C. Marriott at Metro Center to explore how information technology is making health care more patient-centered, effective and cost-efficient.

Organized by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, this fourth annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) will cover such topics as health insurance exchanges and how social media and mobile technologies are spurring patient engagement and impacting health outcomes.

The summit (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday) is open to observers. On-site registration begins 7:30 a.m. both days.

"The workshop is designed to deliver the latest research, inspire innovation and accelerate healthcare transformation at the intersection of health IT and economics," said program chair Ritu Agarwal, UMD-Smith professor and chair of Information Systems and CHIDS' founding co-director.  "The timing is especially critical with the health care industry challenged by the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act."

(Listen to Agarwal and other experts assess Affordable Care Act early successes and prospects in "Conversations on How to Save Healthcare, Part One.")

Agarwal will moderate "Patient Engagement and Fostering Smart Patients" on Friday with panelists representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's National Medical Center, George Washington University and The Walking Gallery.

Additional panel and speaker topics on Friday are: "Meaningful use of Health IT,"  "Healthcare Organization and Management," "Health IT and Quality,"  "Social Media in Healthcare" and "Social Wellness for Better Health."

An opening keynote speech will be given by Rachael Fleurence, who leads the research prioritization initiative at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The institute has approved about 200 awards totaling more than $273.5 million to fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research projects.  Friday afternoon's keynote will be delivered by Lawson "Rob" Burns, the Department Chair and James Joo-Jin Kim Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School.

On Saturday, health policy expert Karen Davis, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the keynote, followed by a "Health Insurance Marketplace" panel to include Accenture Managing Director Philip Poley and Maryland Health Connection Program Manager Justin Stokes.

Additional closing-day panel topics include "Health IT and Costs" and "Internet and Health," and a cluster of research presentations will cover:

  • Adopting the market-dominant technology? The case of Electronic Medical Records in U.S. hospitals
  • Exploring consistent electronic health record use
  • Geographic variation in health IT and health care outcomes
  • Progress and challenges with the Implementation and use of electronic health records
  • Health information exchange as a multi-sided platform
  • Sustainability of health information exchange
  • Access to health care and online health information seeking
  • Impact of electronic health records on hospital acquired patient safety events

For more information, go to the workshop website

Media Contacts: 
Kenyon Crowley, CHIDS deputy director;

Greg Muraski

SOURCE University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business