Dr. Joshua Vest is a health services researcher with an area of interest in the organizational determinants and effectiveness of health information technology and systems.
Most of his work is focused on the adoption, utilization, impact, and policy issues of technologies that facilitate the sharing of patient information between different organizations (referred to as health information exchange). His work on health information exchange has ranged from the organizational adoption and strategy to impact on outcomes like readmission rates, repeat imaging, and costs. His 60+ peer-reviewed publications have employed a variety of research techniques from large scale database analyses, to geographical information system mapping, to survey research, to qualitative focus groups and interviews. As a former local public health practitioner, Dr. Vest has a particular interest in effective public health information systems
Dr. Vest is also the Director of the Center for Health Policy at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The Center for Health Policy is the hub of health policy and management scholarly activity in the state with the mission of generating evidenced to information decision making for Indiana and beyond. The Center for Health Policy conducts rigorous research and evaluation on health system performance with a specific focus on: population health and analytics; substance abuse and mental health services; and public health systems & services research.