2011-2013 Workshop on Health Information Technology and Economics (Maryland)

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2011-2013 Workshop on Health Information Technology and Economics - 2012

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  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PAR: HS09-257: AHRQ Grant Program for Large Conference Support (R13 and U13)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 021022
  • Project Period: 
    September 2011 – November 2013
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $16,085
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    (PDF, 281.6 KB)

Summary: Health information technology (IT) research is being conducted in a variety of academic disciplines, including health services, medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics. Each field brings unique insights into health IT research, yet rarely do these fields collaborate. The annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in health IT research by providing a forum for knowledge creation, sharing, and dissemination. In addition to bringing together academic researchers engaged in health IT research, the workshop includes health IT funders, policymakers, and practitioners to help promote dialogue between these stakeholders.

WHITE is held annually in the fall in Washington, D.C., and is hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 2-day workshop is organized and led by a multi-disciplinary committee, including Principal Investigator Ritu Agarwal; and Program Chairs Professor Gordon Gao, Co-Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems; and Professor Jeffrey McCullough, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. It includes two keynote speakers, panel discussions, oral presentations, and poster presentations. A board of advisors, including members from both the research community (academic advisors) and the practice community (industry advisors), serves as a source of information and recommendations for health IT-related research issues. The board also advises the workshop organizers on program focus areas. Additionally, a program committee composed of approximately 40 researchers from more than 30 academic research institutions assists with reviewing paper and poster submissions for presentation at the workshop.

Each year, WHITE is evaluated by administering a satisfaction survey to participants at the end of the workshop.

Specific Aims:

  • Build the foundation for a multidisciplinary health IT research community by gathering researchers from medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics. (Achieved)
  • Provide a forum for leading researchers to disseminate cutting-edge findings and knowledge. (Achieved)
  • Afford policymakers and practitioners the opportunity to shape the evolving health IT research agenda. (Achieved)
  • Develop the next generation of health IT researchers. (Ongoing)

2012 Activities: The third annual WHITE was held October 5-6, 2012, at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Academy Health and Optimal Solutions Group co-sponsored the workshop. About 100 participants representing many organizations attended. The workshop featured keynote speakers, panelists, and presenters consisting of policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from Government agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Participating research institutes included Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland, IBM Research, and the Optimal Solutions Group. A variety of disciplines were represented at the workshop, and discussion topics included health IT impact on cost, quality, and efficiency; innovations in health care organization and delivery; and meaningful use.

Surveys were sent to all workshop participants to collect feedback on their satisfaction with WHITE 2012. Although the response rate was low, those who responded indicated high overall satisfaction with the workshop, venue, quality of the research presentations, and keynote speeches. Attendees also expressed many positive sentiments at the concluding session of the workshop.

Planning is underway for the 2013 workshop, which will be held November 15-16, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: Thus far, WHITE has been successful in building an interdisciplinary community for health IT researchers and facilitating interaction and collaboration among academia, government, and industry. WHITE has also promoted the work of junior health IT researchers by providing an opportunity to present their work to their peers across disciplines via short presentations during the workshop.

Target Population: General

Strategic Goal: Develop and disseminate health IT evidence and evidence-based tools to improve health care decisionmaking through the use of integrated data and knowledge management.

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

2011-2013 Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) - 2011

Summary Highlights

  • Principal Investigator: 
  • Organization: 
  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PAR: HS09-257: AHRQ Grant Program for Large Conference Support (R13) and (U13) (R21)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 021022
  • Project Period: 
    September 2011 - November 2013
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $16,085
  • PDF Version: 
    (PDF, 168.13 KB)

Summary: Health information technology (IT) research is being conducted in a variety of fields, including health services research, medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics. Each field brings unique insights into health IT research, yet rarely do these fields collaborate. The annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in health IT research by providing a forum for knowledge creation, sharing, and dissemination. In addition to bringing together academic disciplines engaged in health IT research, the workshop includes health IT funders, policymakers, and practitioners to help promote dialogue between these stakeholders.

WHITE is held annually in October in Washington, D.C., and is hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the University of Maryland, College Park. The workshop is organized and led by a multi-disciplinary committee, including Principal Investigator Ritu Agarwal. WHITE is a 2-day program that includes two keynote speakers, two panel discussions, 30-40 oral presentations, and 20 poster presentations. A board of advisors, including members from both the research community (academic advisors) and the practice community (industry advisors), serves as a source of information and recommendations for health IT-related research issues. The board also advises the workshop organizers on program focus areas. Additionally, a program committee composed of approximately 40 researchers from more than 30 academic research institutions assists with reviewing paper and poster submissions for presentation at the workshop.

A formal evaluation process is used for obtaining feedback from participants about the workshop, and a satisfaction survey is administered to participants at the end of the workshop.

Specific Aims:

  • Build the foundation for a multidisciplinary health IT research community by gathering researchers from medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics. (Achieved)
  • Provide a forum for leading researchers to disseminate cutting-edge findings and knowledge. (Achieved)
  • Afford policymakers and practitioners the opportunity to shape the evolving health IT research agenda. (Ongoing)
  • Develop the next generation of health IT researchers. (Ongoing)

2011 Activities: The second annual WHITE was held on October 21-22, 2011 at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Academy Health and Optimal Solutions Group co-sponsored the workshop. More than 90 participants representing 54 organizations attended. The workshop featured keynote speakers and panelists from government agencies such as the Agency for Research Healthcare and Quality, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of the Secretary, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; research institutes including the RAND Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Lewin Group; and practitioners from the U.S. Air Force and Miami Children's Hospital. A wide variety of disciplines were represented at the workshop, and attendees demonstrated outstanding engagement that was sustained throughout the 2-day workshop.

Planning is ongoing and underway for the 2012 workshop.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: This project has no findings to date.

Target Population: Not Applicable

Strategic Goal: Not Applicable

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

2011-2013 Workshop on Health Information Technology & Economics (WHITE) - Final Report

Citation:
Agarwal R. 2011-2013 Workshop on Health Information Technology & Economics (WHITE) - Final Report. (Prepared by the University of Maryland under Grant No. R13 HS021022). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2013. (PDF, 170.96 KB)

The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s), who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Summary:

Health information technology (IT) research is being conducted in a variety of academic disciplines, including health services, medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics. Each field brings unique insights into health IT research and practice, yet rarely do these fields collaborate. The annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in health IT research by providing a forum for knowledge creation, sharing, and dissemination. In addition to bringing together academic researchers engaged in health IT research, the workshop includes health IT funders, policymakers, and practitioners to help promote dialogue between these stakeholders.

The meeting organizers solicit papers on a wide range of topics, including: the effect of health IT on patient safety and quality; health IT adoption barriers; assimilation of health IT into workflows and organizations; impacts of health IT investments; measures and incentives for meaningful use; medical informatics; business models for health information exchange; and IT-enabled new organizational forms and delivery processes.

The specific aims of this project were to:

  • Build the foundation for a multidisciplinary health IT research community by gathering researchers from medical informatics, computer science, public health, business, and economics.
  • Provide a forum for leading researchers to disseminate cutting-edge findings and knowledge.
  • Afford policymakers and practitioners the opportunity to shape the evolving health IT research agenda.
  • Develop the next generation of health IT researchers.

WHITE is structured as a typical workshop, with a mix of paper sessions, keynote presentations, and panels. All of the aims for the project were successfully met. Participants represented 90 research institutes, ten federal agencies, and almost three dozen industry, policy, and practice organizations, with most attending every year. More than 100 papers were presented at WHITE, representing the latest thinking and evidence across issues central to achieving quality, value, and performance from the health sector through the use of information technology. A range of policymaker, patient, clinical, and industry perspectives have been debated. WHITE has established a true multi- and trans-disciplinary community where scholars across diverse fields have an opportunity to exchange perspectives.