College of Health Sciences
Michael Furukawa, PhD is a health economist and health services researcher with research and teaching interests in healthcare administration, public health policy, and leadership. Since 2014, he serves as a Senior Economist at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At AHRQ, he leads the Comparative Health System Performance Initiative (http://www.ahrq.gov/chsp) focused on understanding how health systems are organized to achieve high performance.
From 2011-2014, Dr. Mike served as Director of the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). At ONC, he led ONC’s efforts to measure and evaluate progress toward adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records; assessing and conducting research on the value of health information technology; and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the HITECH programs.
Dr. Mike has conducted extensive research on health policy, technology, and health system performance. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading scholarly journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, American Journal of Managed Care, Medical Care, among others. Prior to HHS, Dr. Furukawa was an Assistant Professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. At Walden, he teaches courses in Healthcare Financial Management in the Ph.D. in Health Services, Doctor of Health Administration (DHA), and the M.S. in Health Informatics programs.
Dr. Mike earned a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has an M.S. in Health Systems Engineering and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, both from Georgia Tech. Prior to graduate school, he obtained professional experience in information systems at Southern Regional Medical Center and in marketing at GE Medical Systems.