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Symposium to Highlight Technology, Health Care

East Carolina University's College of Business and College of Allied Health Sciences will sponsor the 2010 Business of Healthcare Symposium Oct. 14 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Focusing on Healthcare IT and quality, the symposium is designed to create a forum where health care researchers and practitioners from across the state can meet to exchange opinions, ideas and research findings. Participants will explore innovative solutions to health care problems.

James Stuart, Pitt County Memorial Hospital chief information officer, will open the symposium, presenting "The Evolving Role of Technology in Healthcare."

The luncheon keynote speaker is Victor Mbarika, executive director of International Center for IT and Development at Southern University. Mbarika will present, "NSF supported Healthcare IT research in Africa."

Additional presentations will feature the following ECU faculty members: Maryellen O'Brien (Sponsored Programs), "Navigating Research Administration at ECU"; Xiaoming Zeng and Paul Bell (Allied Health Sciences), "Determination of Problematic ICD-9-CM Code Set: A qualitative approach"; Huigang Liang and Yajiong Xue (Business), "Investigating disabled people's online information seeking behavior"; and M. Coyle (Medicine) and V.L. Narasimhan (Computer Science), "On Estimating the Cost Effectiveness of the Use of Automatic Voice Transcription."

Also, Elaine Seeman and Shanan Gibson (Business), "Predicting Acceptance of Electronic Medical Records: Is the TAM Enough?"; John Kros (Business) and Evelyn Brown (Engineering), "Analyzing Service Level Capabilities at a Low-Acuity Emergency Department"; Jason Brinkley (Biostatistics), "Using Statistical models to access the public health benefit of treatment regimes"; and Gregg D. Givens (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Jianchu Yao (Engineering), "A Web Services-based Distributed System with Browser-Client Architecture to Promote Tele-audiology Assessment.

Free and open to the public, the symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register before Oct. 7 by e-mailing

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This story appeared originally in the Sept. 24, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at