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Social media provides numerous outlets for people to voice their opinions. Researchers from the W. P. Carey School of Business wondered whether the virtual cacophony is contributing to political polarization. In this study they found that posting activity on Twitter was not correlated with political polarization, but members of Congress who followed more extreme views did appear more polarized in their own opinions and votes.

The United States has come to a fork in the road regarding its spending on health care – it can choose a route of fewer benefits and less affordability, or choose a route of making the system work better and more efficiently. These are the important policy choices facing both the public and private sectors, said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund, who delivered the 2014 Mark McKenna Health Care Management Lecture recently at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Today’s healthcare tab in the U.S. exceeds some $2.5 trillion, and there are plenty of wasted greenbacks in that eye-popping figure. Information technology has the potential to reduce waste, and that’s why Raghu Santanam is researching healthcare uses of IT and their impacts. This professor of information systems at the W. P. Carey School of Business recently used his one-year sabbatical from teaching to conduct studies at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery.

With the healthcare sector moving toward greater price transparency, soon people will be aware of the cost of the medical goods and services they consume — often for the first time. That information will have a profound impact on the way consumers make decisions to acquire medical goods and services and even assess their own risk of contracting diseases, according to new research by Assistant Marketing Professor Adriana Samper.

The annual research dissemination conference of the W. P. Carey School’s Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium is designed to bring practitioners and researchers together to talk about new knowledge and practical issue. The journals edited at the W. P. Carey School can also be a source of game-changing new ideas.