Health

In a recent study, researchers at the W. P. Carey School of Business found that only about a third of doctors use computers for patient notes, and about 10 percent prescribe electronically. Michael Furukawa, Jonathan Ketcham and Mary Rimsza were trying to uncover the reasons for this reluctance to adopt information technology and how the situation might be changed. Their conclusion: If you want to understand how likely doctors are to use new office technologies, look first at how they get paid.

Although single-physician practices still are dominant in the United States, multi-physician practices tend to provide better care for people who suffer heart attacks. Heart attack patients receive less-timely treatment and have worse chances of survival if they are treated by solo physicians rather than physicians from larger practices, according to a new study authored by Jonathan Ketcham, an assistant professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Sixteen years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed, workers with mental illness still face a disheartening choice: keep their health problems a secret at work, or risk being shunned, passed over, paid up to one-third less, or even fired, according to a new study conducted by the School of Health Management and Policy at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Hurricane Katrina delivered an excruciating lesson on "information integration in action, not theory," according to Steve Cooper, chief information officer at the American Red Cross. The nation's largest natural disaster highlighted the value of information and the crucial role played in any organization — government, non-profit or private sector — of the information supply chain, he noted. Speaking at a symposium sponsored by the W. P. Carey School's Center for the Advancement of Business through Information Technology, Cooper warned that "not having the right information at the right time leads to bad decisions."

How do you know which hospitals are doing the best job? Patients, insurers and employers all have a stake in the answer to this question, but up until now factual information on hospital and nursing home performance has been scanty, and what is out there is based on differing criteria. A new program designed by the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance called "Quality Health Improvement" (QHI) is a strong first step in bringing transparency to healthcare. Arizona and five other states have been chosen to pilot the project, which will rate hospitals on 26 "quality measures." Arizona HealthQuery, a database of health information on more than seven million people, will be the foundation of the state's project. Arizona HealthQuery was created at ASU's Center for Health Information and Research.