Robert S. Rudin

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Information Scientist
Boston Office


B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Rochester; S.M. in technology and policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in technology, management, and policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Robert S. Rudin is an information scientist 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.

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: New England Journal of Medicine; The Health Care Blog


  • Doctors looking up information about their patient on a tablet

    The Little Exchange That Could...Transform the U.S. Health Care System

    As Congress continues to think about whether and how to support the development of Health Information Exchanges, it should consider the commitment required to bring a mature statewide or national network of HIEs into practice. It should prioritize the evaluation of government-funded HIEs, so that research can help inform and foster return on investment for scarce taxpayer dollars.

    Jan 28, 2015 The Health Care Blog

  • doctors working on laptop

    How Electronic Health Records Can Lead to Care Coordination

    Inadequate care coordination is a major problem in health care delivery, but information technology is emerging as an important tool for enhancing coordination and, ultimately, improving the delivery of care, writes Robert Rudin.

    Aug 13, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • physician with laptop

    Unraveling the IT Productivity Paradox—Lessons for Health Care

    Although health care organizations have favorable characteristics that can maximize IT's benefits, the reengineering of health care delivery is only beginning, write Spencer Jones, Paul Heaton, Robert Rudin, and Eric Schneider.

    Jun 13, 2012 New England Journal of Medicine