Christopher Harle joins Regenstrief Institute and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health

  • July 9, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- Christopher Harle, Ph.D., whose research focuses on the design, adoption, use, and value of health information systems, has been named an affiliated scientist of the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics. He also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Harle has joined Indiana University and Regenstrief,” said Titus Schleyer, Ph.D., D.M.D., director of the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Clem McDonald Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Indiana University School of Medicine. “Chris will help us build on our historical and current strengths in creating health IT systems that make a real difference for clinicians and patients. Plus, he will be a great addition to our already excellent collaboration with public health at IU.”
”We are delighted to welcome Chris Harle to our faculty,” said Paul Halverson, DrPH, professor and founding dean of the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. “His special expertise in health information systems and his exciting research into how emerging technology can lead to better health are a great fit with our school’s commitment to innovation in public health and health administration. Dr. Harle’s addition will enhance our ability to advance knowledge and improve practice, while providing our students with insights and opportunities they won’t get elsewhere.”  

Prior to joining Regenstrief and IU, Harle was as an assistant professor of health services research, management and policy at the University of Florida. He worked closely with UF Health System and UF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Integrated Data Repository program in developing and promoting information technology tools to disseminate clinical data for research re-use.

Harle's primary interest is in understanding how information technology-mediated communication tools affect consumer, patient and provider decisions and behavior. With funding from Pfizer and the National Institutes of Health, he currently leads the Integrating Patient Reported Outcomes (I-PRO) study to evaluate a system that collects patient‐reported outcomes and communicates them to primary care clinicians via their electronic health record system. Collaborating with Stanford University, Medical College of Wisconsin, and University of Florida colleagues, he continues to evaluate the technology implementation process and the effect of the system on patient and primary care clinician experiences with chronic pain care.

He is also interested in studying the adoption and use of health information technology by individual health care providers and organizations.  He is working to gain a better understanding of management‐ and policy‐relevant barriers and facilitators related to health information technology adoption and value.

Harle's research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Medical Decision Marking, Journal of General Internal Medicine and Health Affairs. He holds an M.S in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in information systems and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College.

Christopher Harle, Ph.D.

Christopher Harle, Ph.D.

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