Robert S. Rudin is an associate policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He investigates health care systems, taking into account the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including patients, providers, managers of health care organizations, and policymakers.
Rudin has investigated how policy initiatives that support health information exchange (HIE), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and the "meaningful use" incentives of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will affect clinical care. Through qualitative interviews, Rudin identified factors that affect clinicians' use of an advanced health information exchange system in one Massachusetts community. Through quantitative simulation models, he analyzed how the utility of health information exchanges would be affected by mergers of medical groups and incomplete provider participation in the HIEs.
Prior to joining RAND, Rudin had internships at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he helped oversee and coordinate the health IT activities of the federal government, and at the Center for IT Leadership. There he worked on one study that estimated the value of health IT projects in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and another study of liability issues related to HIEs. In addition, he has worked as a professional software engineer for several years, including more than one year at Philips Medical Systems near Boston.
Rudin completed a National Library of Medicine Fellowship and earned a Ph.D. in technology, management, and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.