Improving food access in rural communities

Lauren Chenarides, assistant professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness, studies the impact of existing policy solutions and interventions designed to remedy market-deficient communities that lack access to healthy, affordable food options across the nation.

Why doctors are reluctant to swallow the IT pill

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.

Insuring the uninsured: President Bush joins the health care debate

President Bush's private-insurance initiative, unveiled during the 2007 State of the Union address, keeps alive the debate over how to get at least some of the estimated 47 million uninsured Americans into the system.

Study supports reining in smoking ads

Research co-authored by marketing Professor Rajiv K. Sinha of the W. P. Carey School of Business shows that the later in life people start smoking, the more likely they are to quit. And, the longer people wait to light up, the more likely it is that they never will smoke at all.

Another steak or another year of life? Consumption choices and the rise in health spending

Americans currently spend about 15 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on health care, but new research is projecting that by 2050, we'll be spending more than 30 percent of our income on health.

Economists are from Mars, policymakers are from Venus: Translating the language of science

While many scientists applaud former Vice President Al Gore and his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," some scientists have said that the film exaggerates the nature of environmental problems and/or makes conclusions that the science doesn't uphold.

Consumer preferences and the relationship between health and consumption

In an ideal world, consumers' choices in relation to the incremental costs of producing goods and services would dictate what gets produced, and at what price. Choices should tell us about preferences.

Podcast: Managing the business of health care

Peter Drucker, sometimes called the father of modern management, once commented that health care organizations are the most difficult to manage of all organizations. For example, American health care is defined by legislative mandate yet implemented in the private sector.

A tale of two professions: Why you may know a hospitalist but not an RCT

Since their first appearance some 20 years ago, "hospitalists" — doctors who manage patient care during a hospital stay — have assumed an increasingly complex role in the healthcare system.

Purchasing physician preference items: The search for a cure

Today's health care leaders are constantly challenged with the seemingly incompatible goals of improving patient care while developing strategies to reign in skyrocketing costs.