Eric C. Schneider

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Principal Researcher; Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality; Director, Boston Office
Boston Office


M.D., University of California, San Francisco; M.Sc. in health and medical sciences, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in biology, Columbia University

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Eric C. Schneider is a senior principal researcher, RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality, and director of RAND's Boston office. He is an associate professor in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Schneider's research addresses the quality of health care with a focus on the specification, use, and impact of performance measurement and reporting in health care. He has published widely on the development and evaluation of performance measures and the uses of performance data in health care to evaluate racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care quality as well as the use of organizational innovations and health information technology to improve quality. Dr. Schneider is the former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Dr. Schneider serves on the editorial board of the AHRQ-sponsored National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) and National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC). He is co-chair of the Committee for Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and past methodologist on the Executive Committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement of the AMA. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and past chair of the ACP Performance Measurement Committee. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent Projects

  • Quality improvement capabilities of physician groups that have achieved high clinical performance
  • The use of a statewide report on patient experience by physician groups and health plans
  • Demonstration projects implementing the patient-centered medical home


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    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