Michael Furukawa

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Director, Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling
Dr. Furukawa serves as Director of the Office of Economic Analysis,
Evaluation, and Modeling (OEM) within the Office of the National Coordinator
for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. He joined ONC in January 2011.

OEM is responsible for measuring and evaluating progress toward adoption and
meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR); assessing and conducting
research on the value of health information technology; and evaluating the
implementation and effectiveness of the HITECH programs.

Dr. Furukawa has conducted extensive research on EHR adoption and the impact
of EHR use on efficiency and quality of care. His work has been published in
Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care Research and Review,
Inquiry, Medical Care, and American Journal of Managed Care.

Prior to ONC, Dr. Furukawa was an Assistant Professor in the W. P. Carey
School of Business at Arizona State University. He has professional experience
in information systems at Southern Regional Medical Center and in marketing at
GE Medical Systems.

Dr. Furukawa earned a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has an M.S. in Health Systems
Engineering and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, both from Georgia

Michael Furukawa's Latest Blog Posts

New Report Finds E-Prescribing Is on the Rise

Michael Furukawa | November 27, 2012

One giant leap forward in the transformation of health care is the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) to reduce mistakes, control costs, and better coordinate care. E-prescribing has been found to improve patient care and safety by preventing medication errors that are associated with paper prescriptions. Recognizing the importance of e-prescribing in improving patient care, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program provides incentive payments for certain eligible health care providers who e-prescribe as part of meeting the meaningful use requirements that rely on certified EHR technology.

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