Healthcare IT

Wyatt Decker, MD, CEO of Mayo Clinic Arizona, will be the featured speaker at the Economic Club of Phoenix luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, presented by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Personalized medicine is almost here, says Eric Topol, internationally renowned cardiologist, geneticist, author, and researcher, at the W. P. Carey School of Business' seventh annual McKenna Lecture.

Project management uses a series of processes to execute projects efficiently and effectively. Its benefits have recently become widely understood and its use has spread to all industries, with construction and IT being two of the primary drivers. Now, the Project Management Institute and the department of information systems are joining forces to be sure that the next generation of IT professionals will know how to manage projects to obtain maximum results.

Raghu Santanam will be on sabbatical next year at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. The topic he is exploring could not be timelier. The health care reform legislation that requires hospitals, clinics and doctors to keep electronic medical records also mandates that patients be given what’s called “meaningful use” access. Santanam will be on the front line as Mayo rolls out a patient portal system for Arizona.

It is a widely accepted assumption in the healthcare and information technology industries that electronic medical records in hospitals help reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care. But new research on the subject by information systems professors Michael Furukawa, Raghu Santanam and Benjamin Shao contradicts that conventional IT wisdom, and that has surprised and disappointed many in the healthcare and IT fields. But the researchers stress that the problems they discovered are short-term.