Timothy R. Huerta, PhD

Associate Professor
Health Services Management and Policy

Phone: 614-366-6636
Email: Timothy.Huerta@osumc.edu

2231 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

Home Department: Biomedical Informatics


Timothy Huerta will serve as the Principal Investigator for the proposed project, “MyExperience: A Patient-Centric Safety Error Reporting Mobile Technology Application.” He will lead all aspects of both the front- and back-end implementation, and will use his skills and experience with Health Information Technology (HIT) implementation to troubleshoot technological roadblocks. Huerta has a long history outside of academia developing tools to support practice redesign. During his tenure at Texas Tech University, he wrote the theoretic back-end for commercialized software (www.mobiusslip.com) and continue to serve on the advisory board for the organization that developed the technological implementation – serving as technology consultant. That software is currently in use at universities throughout the U.S. to facilitate social learning. Additionally, he serves as a Technology Co-Founder for a sales and engagement software company – Digital Frontier Consulting – currently seeking angel investors for the software I co-designed. As an undergraduate, Huerta designed the customer relationship management (CRM) software for the College of Engineering and Technology at California State University at Los Angeles.


I am a nationally recognized expert on issues related to healthcare productivity and process analysis. I have extensive expertise in the area of outcomes as it relates to electronic health records (EHRs), HIT and Meaningful Use. I have taught a blended Lean/Six Sigma Course for three years after having participated in the first cohort of ASQ’s Lean/Six Sigma Training for healthcare. I have extensive history in large-scale implementation, including leading the training for the conversion of a 1,000-bed hospital to the Meditech EHR system.


I have over 20 years of health services research experience. Having spent seven years in an internally funded environment where seeking external resources was viewed as less important than building relationships with community partners, I have extensive experience with interdisciplinary collaborations, and am aware of the importance of open, honest and engaged communications among research team members. This project’s success relies on a collaboration that includes individuals with a diverse mix of academic perspectives, complementary research skills, and practical experience coming together to work on this important project of mutual interest. As you can see, my background allows me to serve as “boundary spanner” – understanding the language of health services and quality improvement along with the technical components of HIT.  I am particularly excited to lead this project because of the potential for substantive contribution and the opportunity to ultimately improve patient safety and quality of care.


B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 1993
M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 1995
Doctoral Fellowship, Santa Fe Institute, 2001
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2005

Awards and Honors

Best Paper Award 2014 – The Southern Management Association. Strategy Track. Paper entitled: “Insider versus Outsider CEO Succession and Competitive Advantage.”
Excellence in Teaching Award 2014-The Academy of Management, Healthcare Management Division.
Best Paper Award 2010– The Southern Management Association’s Hospitality Management Track. Paper entitled: “Computerized Provider Order Entry’s Impact on Hospital’ Total Factor Productivity”.
Best Theory to Practice Paper Award 2009– Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division. Paper entitled: “Assessing Differences Between Realized and Anticipated Gains from Electronic Health Record Adoption”

Selected Publications

McAlearney, A.; Hefner, J.; Sieck, C.; Huerta, T.R. The Journey through Grief: Insights from a Qualitative Study of Electronic Health Record Implementation. Health Services Research. Early release. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12227

Ford, E. W.; Petit, L; Silvera, G.; Huerta, T.R. EMR Implementation Speed—Patient Safety Culture Paradox. The Journal of Healthcare Information Management. (2014) 28(2): 24-31.

Huerta, T.R.; Petit, L; Silvera, G.; Ford, E. W.EMR Implementation Speed—Patient Safety Culture Paradox, Part 2. The Journal of Healthcare Information Management. (2014) 28(3): 40-45.

Harle, C.A., Huerta, T.R., Ford, E.W., Diana, M.L., Menachemi, N. (Accepted - Sept 2012) Overcoming Challenges to Achieving Meaningful Use: Insights from hospitals that successfully received CMS payments in 2011. Journal of the Medical Informatics Association. (2013) 20:233-237 doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001142z

McAlearney, A., Sieck, C., Hefner, J., Robbins, J, and Huerta, T.R. Facilitating Ambulatory Electronic Health Record System Implementation: Evidence from a Qualitative Study. BioMed Research International. Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 629574, 9 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/629574

Ford, E. W.; Huerta, T.R.; Menachemi, N.; Thompson, M.A.; Yu, F. Health information technology vendor selection strategies and total factor productivity Health Care Management Review. 25 April 2012 doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e3182572c7b

Huerta, T.R., Thompson, M., Ford, E.W, Ford, W.F. (2012). Implementing Electronic Lab Order Entry Management in Hospitals: Incremental Strategies Lead to Better Productivity Outcomes. International Journal of Information Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2012.05.008.

Thompson, M.A., Huerta, T.R. and Ford, E.W. Mandatory Insurance Coverage and Hospital Productivity in Massachusetts: Bending the Curve? Health Care Management Review. (2012) Oct-Dec; 37(4):294-300. doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e318242d0ba.

Ford, E. W., Huerta, T, R., Thompson, M.A. and Patry, R. The Impact of Accelerating Electronic Prescribing on Hospitals’ Productivity Levels: Can Health Information Technology Bend the Curve? Inquiry. 2011-2012 Winter; 48(4):304-12

Huerta, T.R., Thompson, M.A., Ford, E.W. and Ford, W.F. (Accepted October 11, 2011) Hospitals’ Total Factor Productivity: The Impact of Electronic Health Record Implementation. Decision Support Systems. 55(2):450–458. DOI: 10.1016/j.dss.2012.10.004

Huerta, T.R., Ford, E.W., Ford, W.F. and Thompson, M.A., Realizing the Value Proposition: A Longitudinal Assessment of Hospitals' Total Factor Productivity. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2011: 2(3), pp. 285-302.

Huerta, T.R., Thompson, M.A., and Ford, E.W., The Role of Safe Practices in Hospitals’ Total Factor Productivity. Journal of Healthcare Leadership, 2011:3, pp. 1-7.

Ford, E. W., Huerta, T.R., Menachemi, N. and Yu, F. Hospital IT Adoption Strategies Associated with Implementation Success: Implications for Achieving Meaningful Use. Journal of Healthcare Management, 55(3), June 2010.

Peterson, L. T., Ford, E. W., Eberhardt, J., Huerta, T.R. and Menachemi, N. Assessing Differences Between Realized and Anticipated Gains from Electronic Health Record Adoption. Journal of Medical Systems. August 2009. DOI 10.1007/s10916-009-9352-z.

Ford, E. W., Menachemi, N., Peterson, L. T. and Huerta, T.R. (2009). Resistance Is Futile: But It Is Slowing the Pace of EHR Adoption Nonetheless. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 16(3), pp. 274-281.

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