Center for Digital Strategies at Tuck Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College

Ajit Appari

Research Fellow

I am a research fellow in the Center for Digital Strategies at Tuck, and postdoc affiliate with the Institute for Security, Technology and Society at Dartmouth College. My main research interests are at the intersection of information systems, health services research, and organizational behavior. My ongoing research program aims to enhance our understanding of: (1) the organizational impact of IT use on quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery; and (2) associated managerial and policy issues of information security risks and privacy of protected health information. His research spans contextual settings such as hospitals, home health agencies, and ambulatory care; and covers a broad spectrum of organizational performance measures including process quality, outcome quality, and cost efficiency.

My research has been published in high impact journals including Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), and Health Services Research (HSR). My research published in JAMIA has received Editor's Choice honor. I've presented my research at several leading international conferences, including AcademyHealth, Academy of Management, Americas Conference on Information Systems, Workshop on Health IT and Economics, and Workshop on Economics of Information Security. More recently, my paper on meaningful EHR use and hospital quality, forthcoming in HSR, has been covered by several news media including InformationWeek, U.S. News & World Report, American Medical News, and Becker's Hospital Review.

I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in India [from National Institute of Technology, in 1993; and Indian Statistical Institute, in 1996 respectively), and PhD (in 2008) from Syracuse University. Prior to 2002, I have worked in manufacturing and software industry. My corporate experience include quality management, software development, and compliance with international standards such as ISO 9001, and Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model. Besides research, my interests include photography, travel, and tennis.

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Career Transition: this summer moving to University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston as a faculty in their Division of Management, Policy and Community Health.



Call for Papers

Healthcare Special Issue for Electronic Commerce Research and Applications [Submissions Due by: JUNE 30, 2013]: Dr. Xia Zhao (UNC Greensboro) and me are editing a special issue on "eHealth and Healthcare Service Transformation" for Electronic Commerce Research and Applications. This special issue seeks analytical, empirical, experimental, and case study-based research that contributes to theory building, and has practical implications. Interdisciplinary studies that are relevant to e-commerce in healthcare are especially welcome. All interested scholars are invited to submit their articles by no later than JUNE 30, 2013. For more details click: Call for Papers "eHealth and Healthcare Service Transformation"

Media Coverage
Publications/ Journal Articles (healthcare)
Working Papers (healthcare)
    "Organizing Compliance: The Role of Organizational, Institutional, and Market Forces in HIPAA Compliance in Acute Care Hospitals," (with Eric Johnson, and Denise Anthony).

    "Information Technology and Patient Safety: Evidence from a National Cross-sectional Study," (with Eric Johnson, and Denise Anthony). Under Review.

    "Organizational Structure, Market Factors, and Outcomes Quality in Home Health Care: A Longitudinal Study" (solo authored)

    "Health Information Technology and Hospital Performance on Imaging-use Measures," (with Eric Johnson, and Denise Anthony)

    other ongoing projects include studying organizational impact of health IT at system affiliated home health agencies, and ambulatory care providers.

Publications/ Journal Articles (dissertation based)
Conference Papers/ Posters and Presentations
    "Which Hospitals are Complying with HIPAA: An Empirical Investigation of US Hospitals,” (with Eric Johnson and Denise Anthony), The Third Workshop on Information Security and Privacy, Paris, 2008.
    "Information Security Investments in the Healthcare Sector: An Exploratory Study,” (with Denise Anthony and Eric Johnson ), A Poster Presentation at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2008.
    "Pricing IT Investment Risks Involving Customer Adoption Benchmarks,” (With Michel Benaroch), Proceedings of the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2008.
    "A Formal Model and Methodology for Measuring IT Investment Risks,” (With Michel Benaroch), Academy of Management Annual meeting , Atlanta, 2006.
Other Articles
    "Bridging the Gap between IT Managers and Business Managers," review of the book “Return on Software: Maximizing the Return on Your Software Investment,” by Steve Tockey, in IEEE Software 23(5), 2006, pp 100 – 101.