Eric W. Ford (Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham) is the Associate Chair for Management and Leadership and MHA Director at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to that appointment, he was the Forsyth Medical Center Professor of Healthcare Organization Management at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In addition to his academic efforts, he is founder of CTASIT a social media learning management system. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Education and Research. Eric's prior appointments include Texas Tech, Tulane University and Penn State. Eric served as a research fellow at the University of Alabama – Birmingham’s School of Public Health. He has been a consultant to the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services, Pennsylvania’s Office of Rural Health, the U.S. Veterans’ Administration, the Texas Department of Health, the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Cooper Greene Public Hospital in Birmingham, and the Texas Legislature’s Health Information Technology Committee. He is currently a consultant to Health and Human Services studying policy implications of EMR adoption.
Eric’s research interests have focused on strategic management, health care organizations, and information technology systems. Currently, he is part of two Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grants. One is studying the Regional Health Information Organization for rural Louisiana. The second is studying the Leapfrog Group’s patient safety initiatives in hospitals. He has published in The Academy of Management Executive, The Journal of American Informatics Association, Medical Care Research and Review, Health Care Management Review, Public Health, Business Economics, The Journal of Management Education, and The Journal of Health Care Management, among others.