Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and
Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo

present ...

The Macro- and Micro-Economics of IT 
in Health: The Evidence of Effectiveness 


Dr. Craig Lehmann
Dean, School of Health Technology and Management 
State University of New York

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

This seminar is sponsored by Triple G Systems Group Inc.

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Whether or not information technologies measurably benefit the health system has been an issue for decades. What is the evidence that these technologies improve productivity, the work environment, the quality of healthcare, or patient outcomes? Where has it been demonstrated that they provide valued support for the health system? What is the magnitude of the benefit versus the risk? There have been local success stories, but we need to understand the evidence that both local and systemic benefits derive from the significant investment required to deploy and manage this technology. What must be done to make the business case for systems more compelling? Why aren t all organizations convinced they see a return on their investment, and why are there so many dislocations and failures in introducing systems into health organizations? If information technology is an effective intervention, what must be done to increase the likelihood it is a successful one?

Dr. Craig Lehmann

Craig Lehmann, PhD, CC (NRCC), FACB is the Professor and Dean of The School of Health Technology and Management at the State University of New York. During his tenure there, Dr. Lehmann has served as Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and as Associate Dean. As a registered clinical chemist and while in the department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, he established an international reputation for his contributions in lipid research, clinical laboratory integration, diagnostic technology, clinical laboratory economics, and clinical laboratory science education. He has contributed many journal articles, an educational video on clinical laboratory technology, and a number of book chapters. He has also been an editor of two clinical laboratory science textbooks. Dr Lehmann has served as a U.S. Delegate for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences at three world congresses. He is on the editorial board of the journal Strategies for the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Science, and Medical Laboratory Observer. In addition he has been a consultant to healthcare organizations and laboratory diagnostic and informatics Companies.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts

This seminar is hosted by the Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.