Dr. Baird received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Before joining the Institute of Health Administration at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, he was a board member at the Arizona Health Information and Management Systems Society (AZ HIMSS) and a software developer/architect/project manager for a variety of companies including Penton Media, the University of California San Diego, and Data Systems and Solutions (a joint venture between SAIC and Rolls-Royce).
In 2009 he was recognized by the Phoenix (Arizona) newspaper and television media for participation in the development of H1N1 vaccine allocation and distribution software for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. In 2012 he was awarded the Annual HIMSS Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship.
Professor Baird’s research has focused on the nexus of digital firm-consumer interactions (information sharing/provisioning, shared decision making, etc.) in the context of health care. Of particular interest are the emerging classes of health information systems that connect patients and health providers through digital mediums&mbash;e.g. patient portals, Personal Health Records (PHRs), and related medical devices and systems. He has collaborated with a variety of health systems and agencies including the Mayo Clinic, Dignity Health, and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. He also enjoys research and applied work in enterprise information systems, cloud-computing, information systems architecture and design, and project management.