Who We Are
Dr. Ephraim R. McLean
Regents’ Professor; George E. Smith (GRA) Eminent Scholar’s Chair in Information Systems; Chair, Department of Computer Information Systems; Director, Center for Health Information Technology
Executive Director, Georgia Health Policy Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS), GSU; Associate Research Professor, Public Management and Policy, AYSPS, GSU
Associate Professor; Joe Taylor Chair in Health Administration; Director, Institute of Health Administration
Executive Director, Center for Health Information Technology
Vision/Purpose of CHIT
“The Center for Health Information Technology focuses on innovative ways to advance health care through the use of health information technology (HIT). We are in a unique position to do research and provide guidance on HIT and the implementation of HIT in programs state- and nation-wide.”
– Karen Minyard
Center for Health IT is designed to:
- Address issues of national significance of the healthcare sector from a multi-discipline, collaborative perspective.
- Partner with the healthcare business community to align technology and business capabilities to enable faster value realization.
- Advance research, improve education, and build partnerships with the business community around health information technology.
- Prepare Georgia State students for the real world by providing hands-on experience.
The Department of Computer Information Systems and the Institute of Health Administration in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, along with the Georgia Health Policy Center in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, have partnered to create the Center for Health Information Technology within Georgia State University. The center builds on the strengths of the nationally ranked Computer Information Systems and Health Administration programs — and their joint Health Informatics degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels — and the highly regarded research of the Georgia Health Policy Center, by advancing research, improving education, and building partnerships around health information technology.
The Department of Computer Information Systems and the Institute of Health Administration in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, along with the Georgia Health Policy Center in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, have partnered to create the Center for Health Information Technology.
The Center for Health Information Technology was established.
Received 2CI award in Health Information Technology. Hired Dr. Aaron Baird representing the Health Administration department and Dr. Cath Oh representing the Computer Information Systems with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
- The Department of Computer Information Systems has successfully recruited Dr. Cath Oh, until recently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Oh is working on an “Empirical Analysis of Patient Readmissions across Multiple Hospitals” in Texas and is studying the “Economic Impact of Health IT.” She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at Seoul National University in Korea, a master’s degree in financial mathematics at the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in information systems at the University of Washington.
- The Institute of Health Administration has successfully recruited Aaron Baird, who completed his doctoral studies at the Carey School of Business at Arizona State in May. Dr. Baird’s dissertation is on “Extending Diffusion of Innovation Theory with Consumer Influence: The Case of Personal Health Records and Patient Portals.”
Activities in the HIT Community
- Dr. Jeong-ha (Cath) Oh’s current research focuses on healthcare analytics.
- Dr. Aaron Baird’s research focuses on digital, consumer-firm interactions in the context of healthcare.
- CHIT partnered with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to undertake the hosting and management of the Chamber’s Bioscience Workforce Development database. With the recognition that Atlanta has become the “HIT Capital of the United States,” this database will be a highly visible source of information about HIT in Georgia.
- Establishment of HIT Advisory Board.
- Georgia State University won the Phoenix Award for University Advancement of the Year at the 2014 Health Information Technology Leadership Summit. This is a major accomplishment for the Center for Health Information Technology, housed within Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business. Read more »