Mike Furukawa

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Health Services

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 and Data-Driven Decision Making in the Ph.D. in Health Services and Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) 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.

Courses Taught

DDHA 8300 - Healthcare Financial Management

DDHA 8800 - Data-Driven Decision Making

DDHA 8703 - Adv Hlth Analytic & Data-Driv


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

MS, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.I.E., Georgia Institute of Technology

Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Georgia Institute of Technology


Waters, H. C., Furukawa, M., Jorissen, S. L. (2018). Evaluating the Impact of Integrated Care on Service Utilization in Serious Mental Illness.. Community mental health journal

Furukawa, M., Spector, W. D., Rhona Limcangco, M., Encinosa, W. E. (2017). Meaningful use of health information technology and declines in in-hospital adverse drug events.. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Furukawa, M., Eldridge, N., Wang, Y., Metersky, M. (2016). Electronic Health Record Adoption and Rates of In-hospital Adverse Events.. Journal of patient safety

Furukawa, M., Patel, V., Hsiao, C. J., Adler-Milstein, J., Jha, A. K. (2014). Despite substantial progress In EHR adoption, health information exchange and patient engagement remain low in office settings.. Health affairs (Project Hope)

Jones, E. B., Furukawa, M. (2014). Adoption and use of electronic health records among federally qualified health centers grew substantially during 2010-12.. Health affairs (Project Hope)

Furukawa, M., Patel, V., Charles, D., Swain, M., Mostashari, F. (2013). Hospital electronic health information exchange grew substantially in 2008-12.. Health affairs (Project Hope)

Hsiao, C. J., Jha, A. K., Patel, V., Furukawa, M., Mostashari, F. (2013). Office-based physicians are responding to incentives and assistance by adopting and using electronic health records.. Health affairs (Project Hope)

Furukawa, M. (2011). Electronic medical records and the efficiency of hospital emergency departments.. Medical care research and review : MCRR

Furukawa, M., Raghu, T. S., Shao, B. B. (2010). Electronic medical records, nurse staffing, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes: evidence from California hospitals, 1998-2007.. Health services research

Ketcham, J. D., Furukawa, M. (2008). Hospital-physician gainsharing in cardiology.. Health affairs (Project Hope)

Danzon, P. M., Furukawa, M. (2003). Prices and availability of pharmaceuticals: evidence from nine countries.. Health affairs (Project Hope)