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UTHealth Faculty Member Named Senior Editor of ECRA journal

Dr. Ajit Appari has been named senior editor for Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA), one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the information systems discipline. Dr. Appari is an assistant professor of health care management and policy at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. His additional roles for the journal include senior editor special issues, and senior editor ECRA executive.

“I am very enthusiastic and look forward to serving on the editorial board of the Electronic Commerce Research Applications and supporting its mission,” says Dr. Appari. “ECRA has established itself as a niche journal by promoting and publishing high-quality theory building and empirical research at the business-to-business, business-to-customer, and business-to-government interfaces. Being a senior editor presents me with an exciting opportunity to advance journal’s reach to academic scholarship at the intersection of health care and information systems. This is an area that has attracted major attention among scholars from multiple disciplines, especially with the ongoing exponential growth in adoption of health information technology and the concurrent evolution in newer health care delivery models in the United States and globally.”

The aim of ECRA is to create and disseminate knowledge for the fast-changing e-commerce environment. The journal contributes to the establishment of a research community to create the knowledge, technology, theory, and applications for the development of electronic commerce. This is targeted at the intersection of technological potential and business aims. Read more about ECRA.

In his new role as senior editor, Dr. Appari will manage peer-review process for manuscripts; provide opinions on editorial decisions regarding manuscripts and their revisions; identify new reviewers at the intersection of information systems and health care discipline for the journal. He also will identify topics and manage the development of special issues in the health care information technology area to advance journal’s reputation in the area. Additionally, he will be responsible for providing advice, support and suggestions to promote the mission of the journal.

Dr. Appari earned his PhD in business administration (management information systems) from Syracuse University; a Master of Technology degree in quality, reliability and operations research from the Indian Statistical Institute; and a Bachelor of Technology degree in production engineering and management from the National Institute of Technology Calicut. He joined the faculty of UTHealth School of Public Health in 2013, after serving as a research fellow at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, for five years.

Dr. Appari’s research focuses on two related areas: economics of information technology including in health care sector, and the socioeconomics of health and health care delivery to priority population particularly people with multiple chronic conditions. He is particularly interested in the organizational level impact of health information technology and associated regulatory issues, how health care organizations behave in local markets characterized by differing socioeconomics and institutional environment, and how big data could be utilized to develop better understanding of health and health care delivery issues to people with multiple chronic conditions. One of his earlier articles published in ECRA examined how service-quality related risk of e-commerce channels in the financial sector could be quantified using stock market data. His most recent article published in International Journal of Medical Informatics examined the association between ‘meaningful use capability’ of health information technology with hospital outpatient imaging inefficiency.

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