Trent Spaulding

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Associate Professor, Bachelors of Health Care Management Program Director
PhD, Arizona State University
540U Leon Levine Hall


Dr. Spaulding is an Associate Professor in the department of Nutrition and Health Care Management in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. Dr. Spaulding completed his PhD in Information Systems at Arizona State University in 2011. His dissertation work focuses on hospital information systems. He completed a dual Bachelors and Masters degree in Information Systems Management at Brigham Young University in 2006. Before starting his PhD, he worked as an ERP architect and engineer for Pace Symposia and as a systems analyst intern for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 2009 he led the development of a system to assist in the dissemination of the H1N1 vaccine in the greater Phoenix area. Dr. Spaulding specializes in the automation of business processes in the healthcare industry. This work benefits from the availability of data on thousands of hospitals from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Hospital Quality Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the HIMSS Foundation. He has also researched the economics of online auctions and business use of virtual communities. His research has been published in Health Affairs, Decision Support Systems (DSS), Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA), the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science, and the International Conference on Information Systems. He has also consulted on database development, management reporting, and website development. Beyond scholarly and professional work, Dr. Spaulding's interests include his family, the Boy Scouts program, piano and organ, and motorcycle mechanics.


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Computer Information Systems
  • M.S., Brigham Young University, Master's in Information Systems Management
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, Bachelors of Science in Information Systems

Current Courses Being Taught

  • HCM 3580 Health Services Research Methods
  • HCM 3700 Health Information Systems
  • HCM 4710 Health Informatics
  • MBA 5547 Healthcare Analytics

Professional Affiliations

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Research/Scholarly Interests

  • The effects of IT adoption in the healthcare industry; performance effects of the automation of business processes; patterns of adoption and automation; integration of information systems. (Dissertation)
  • Economics and efficiency of online auctions; thin markets; collectables; automated data collection using Internet enabled software agents.

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Spaulding, T.J. & McGrady, E.S. Teaching data analytics to undergraduates: Improvements in perceived preparedness in information competency. Journal of Health Administration Education, 33, 3, Summer 2016, pp 445-460.
  • Dotson, M.J., Dave, D.S., Cazier, J.A., and Spaulding, T.J. An empirical analysis of the factors that affect nurse retention in rural environments. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44, 2, 2014, pp 111-116.
  • Keith, M., Humphreys, S., Spaulding, T.J., and Lowry, P.B. “The Future of Writing Together: Emerging Research in Collaborative Writing Technologies.” Jay F. Nunamaker Jr., Nicholas C. Romano Jr., and Robert O. Briggs, eds. Collaboration Systems: Concept, Value, and Use. Volume 19, Advances in Management Information Systems (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2014).
  • Spaulding, T.J., Raghu, T.S. Impact of CPOE Usage on Medication Management Process Costs and Quality Outcomes. Inquiry, 50, 3, Aug 2013, 229-247.
  • Spaulding, T.J., Furukawa, M., Raghu, T.S., and Vinze, A. Event sequence modeling of IT adoption in healthcare. Decision Support Systems, 55, 2, May, 2013, 428-437.
  • Spaulding, T.J. Can virtual communities and worlds create value for business? Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 9, 1, 2010, 38-49.
  • Kauffman, R.J., Spaulding, T.J., and Wood, C.A. Are online markets efficient? An empirical study of market liquidity and abnormal returns. Decision Support Systems, 48, 1, 2009, 3-13.
  • Furukawa, M., Raghu, T.S., Spaulding, T.J., and Vinze, A. Adoption of health information technology for medication safety in U.S. hospitals. Health Affairs, 27, 3, 2008, 865-875.