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GWSB To Help Train Health IT Workforce

Edward J. Cherian (left) and GWSB sophomore Thomas Ryan helped to win the grant

GWSB will begin a project in the fall 2010 semester to explore new health care information systems and train health care professionals how to use them as part of a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to The George Washington University.

The federal grant, awarded to GW in April, is part of a government effort to implement health IT nationwide and make electronic health records available for all patients by 2014. The grant, awarded primarily to GW School of Public Health and Health Services, will be shared by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the GW School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences over the next three years. The goal is to certify and train upwards of 300 IT managers without health care experience as well as clinicians with little technology knowledge.

GWSB’s Information Systems & Technology Department will receive $400,000 as part of the grant to focus on three main areas in the interdepartmental effort.

Edward J. Cherian and William Money, both professors in Department of Information Systems & Technology Management, will serve as co-principal investigators on the project and will assist in the development of courses within the School of Business that will be included in the program. Three courses in the field of IT training will be taught in the fall 2010 semester. GWSB will also provide marketing support for the health care IT project, including brochures, ads, and website development.

Cherian, with the assistance of undergraduate GWSB sophomore, Thomas Ryan, played key roles in winning this grant for the School of Business. Their research effort identified scholarly articles, reports and publications that focused on models of health care information exchange that helped explain the complex issue. Recently, Ryan was honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and has helped Cherian thanks to a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant, demonstrating the value that undergraduate grants can have for their universities.

“Tom Ryan has been of immense value to me in this research effort, helping me make a substantial contribution earlier this year to a GW proposal for health IT training, which we were successful in winning,” Cherian said. “This is a wonderful example of how a $2,000 Undergraduate Research Experience effort has helped to leverage a substantial grant for the School of Business in a one-year period,” he said.

Posted by gwsb on July 15, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.


  1. Strange enough, I am a graduate student of GWU in information systems and wrote a paper in the early 70′s and 80′s concerning the importance of IT in the health area. The paper was geared around hardware and software technology that would assist the medical personnel as well as patients with keeping track of their medical data.

    I am still interested in working on my
    PHD in that area, and is currently seeking financial assistance.

    Comment by Sunday Glover-Cox — July 16, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
  2. It’s true, the effort to bring health care into the digital era has been a long struggle. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by GWSB — July 19, 2010 @ 9:34 am

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