Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
I received my PhD in global health management and policy from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, my MPH in health management and policy from the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, and my BA from Reed College.
Research, Education and Clinical Interests
My research focuses on investigating the structures and managerial competencies that improve health system capacity to implement new technologies, models of care delivery and quality improvement interventions. Responding to policy changes, technology changes and scientific advancements poses a significant challenge to healthcare organizations, yet studying how organizations can respond to these changes will ultimately benefit healthcare delivery. Drawing on training in strategic and organizational theories, my research aims to produce practice oriented conclusions that can benefit healthcare delivery.
My current research explores these issues in relation to the exchange of health information across the care continuum, the implementation of patient portals in the inpatient environment, the development of accountable care organizations, changes in delivery system configuration and best practices for quality improvement.
Current Research Projects
High Touch and High Tech (HT2) is a randomized controlled trial that tests the effect of the availability of a patient portal specifically designed of the inpatient environment as well as the effect of a training intervention on patient use of the technology. This study seeks to investigate how patient facing technology can change the care experience. This study will enroll over 6,000 participants over three years.
Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART), is a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a bundle of management practices that can be implemented alongside clinical HAI reduction bundles to reduce present between hospital variation in success with HAI reduction. This study includes site visits to up to 30 hospitals across the country and the creation of an online dashboard for hospitals to do a self-assessment and track progress in implementation of supportive management practices.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), R01
McAlearney, AS (PI), 04/01/2017-03/31/2022
Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART)
Competitive Grant: $1,996,047 Role: co-investigator
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), R01-HS-024091-01
McAlearney, Ann S (PI) 09/30/2015–09/29/2019
High Touch and High Tech (HT2): Transforming Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care by Engaging Patients with Portal Technology at the Bedside
Competitive Grant: $973,109. Role: co-investigator
Education and Training
- BA: Biology, Reed College, 2007
- PhD: Global health management and policy, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2015
Dissertation: Hospital efficiency changes from health information exchange participation
- MPH: Health management and policy, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, 2011
- Post-doctoral researcher: Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- Walker DM, Menser T, Yen P, McAlearney AS. Optimizing the User Experience: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Use of an Inpatient Portal. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2017. In press.
- Walker DM. Hospital efficiency gains from health information exchange participation. Health Care Management Science. 2017. Feb 24. E-Published ahead of print: DOI: 10.1007/s10729-017-9397-4.
- Yen P, Walker DM, Menser TL, McAlearney AS. Usability evaluation of a commercial inpatient portal. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2017. In Press.
- Hefner JL, Sieck CJ, Walker DM, Huerta TR. McAlearney AS. Care team perceptions of a health-system wide inpatient portal implementation. Journal of Medical Internet Research Medical Informatics. 2017. 5(3):e31.
- McAlearney AS, Hefner JL, Sieck CJ, Walker DM, Aldrich A, Sova L, Gaughan A, Slevin CM, Hebert C, Hade E, Buck J, Grove M, Huerta T. Searching for management approaches to reduce HAI transmission (SMART): A study protocol. Implementation Science. 2017. 12(1): 82. DOI: 10.1186/s13012-017-0610-z.
- Yeager VA, Vest J, Walker DM, Menachemi N, Diana ML. Challenges facing health information exchange research and evaluation. eGEMs. 2017; 5(1):15. DOI: 10.13063/egems.1290.
- Walker DM, Mora AM, McAlearney AS. Accountable Care Organization Hospitals Differ in Health Information Technology Capabilities. American Journal of Managed Care. 6th Annual Special Issue in Health Information Technology. 2016; 22(12): 294-299.
- Walker DM, Hefner J, Sova LN, Hilligoss B, Song P, McAlearney AS. Implementing ACOs: Lessons from a Qualitative Analysis of Four Private-Sector Organizations. Journal of Healthcare Management. 2017. Nov/Dec, 62(6).
- Walker DM, Mora A, Demosthenidy MM, Menachemi N, Diana ML. Meaningful use of EHRs among hospitals ineligible for incentives lags behind that of other hospitals, 2009-13. Health Affairs. 2016. 35(3).
- Mora AM, Walker DM. Quality improvement strategies in accountable care organization hospitals. Quality Management in Healthcare. 2016. 25(1):8-12.
Book chapters and cases
- Walker DM, Mora AM. 2016. “Quality of care in accountable care organizations.” In: McAlearney, AS, Kovner AR, Eds. 2016. Health services management: Readings, cases, and commentary. 11th Edition. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL.
- Walker DM. 2016. “Privacy issues due to Electronic Health Records.” In: McAlearney, AS, Kovner AR, Eds. 2016. Health services management: Readings, cases, and commentary. 11th Edition. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL.
- Associate editor at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
- Delta Omega Honor Society, Beta Omega (2011) and Eta chapter (2015)
- Best Paper Based on a Dissertation Award, Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, 2015
“Does health information exchange improve hospital efficiency?”
- Academy of Managerment (AOM), Health Care Management Division