Topic: An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities for Digitalization of Healthcare

by Dr. Ritu Agarwal

The health of citizens is, arguably, a crucial concern for public policy in nations across the globe, and constitutes a significant proportion of government spending. In the United States, healthcare is the largest sector of the economy, accounting for more than one of every six dollars of spending in 2012. Health-care spending in China is projected to triple to $1 trillion annually by 2020 driven by an aging population and government efforts to broaden insurance coverage. Yet, despite extraordinary expenditure, healthcare systems suffer from significant deficiencies with respect to both healthcare quality and cost. Today, there is substantial optimism that the digital transformation of healthcare through broad and deep use of health information technology (HIT) across the healthcare ecosystem, in conjunction with other complementary changes, can address some of the systemic problems confronting healthcare. This lecture will provide an overview of the challenges and the opportunities for digitalization of healthcare. Today, there are unprecedented prospects for changing the business of healthcare, and for new business models and entrepreneurship enabled by information technology.

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    • Mike Hofmann, General Manager at German Industry and Commerce Greater China
    • Catharine Feng, Senior Marketing Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Communication Technologies (China) Limited

About the Professor:

Ritu Agarwal is Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the founder and Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the Smith School. Dr. Agarwal has published over 100 papers on information technology management topics in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions, and Decision Support Systems, and has made presentations at a variety of national and international conferences. Her current research is focused on the use of IT in healthcare settings, technology-enabled strategic transformations in various industrial sectors, and consumer behavior in technology-mediated settings.




Saturday, March 11, 2017

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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