I am the Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems and Department Chair of DOIT at the Smith School of Business. I also founded, and am the Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS). CHIDS, established in 2005, was the first research center within a business school to study the use and application of information technology in healthcare. More information about CHIDS is available at (www.rhsmith.umd.edu/chids).

My current research is focused on understanding how information technology can be used to alleviate cost and quality challenges in healthcare, and with identifying mechanisms through which IT can be successfully incorporated into healthcare routines. I also study privacy issues and other impediments and vulnerabilities in a digital society. I am working on several funded research projects for major corporations, hospitals, and state and federal agencies. My research is funded by the FDA, the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, and NIH/AHRQ.

Other current research projects include online social networks, Health 2.0, and online search. I continue my work on technological innovation, adoption, diffusion and use.