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Please consider submitting an abstract for a 20-minute paper presentation in the following session, to be held at Sunbelt 2019, June 18-23 in Montreal. 

Health Care Provider Networks

Latent networks among physicians and other medical professionals exert a hidden influence on health care delivery. Physicians’ professional relationships have been linked to prescribing behaviors, adoption of innovative technologies and practices, and the costs and quality of care received by patients. Recent research has developed methods to derive health care provider networks from routinely collected electronic health records (EHRs), including patient transfers, health insurance claims, and a variety of other sources. In this growing research area, further research is necessary concerning the collection, conceptualization, and analysis of health care provider networks based on EHRs. Presentations in this session will address the use of EHRs to characterize professional networks within health care systems. Presenters will examine health care provider network formation, dynamics, and the mechanisms through which networks affect care delivery to patients. This session is a continuation of a session last held at Sunbelt 2018 in Utrecht. 

The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2019. I encourage a wide range of submissions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Link to submit: https://www.fourwav.es/view/717/submission/

Best wishes,
William R. McConnell  

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Florida Atlantic University
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