Shira H. Fischer

Shira H. Fischer
Physician Policy Researcher
Boston Office


M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School; Ph.D. in clinical and population health research, University of Massachusetts Medical School; M.S.Sc. in clinical informatics, Harvard Medical School; B.A. in biochemical sciences, Harvard College

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Shira Fischer is a physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on health information technology research and policy. She recently published two papers on the uptake of telehealth in the wake of COVID-19 and another on use of poison call center data to track behavioral health needs. She is working on an NIH-funded grant she coleads exploring innovations in emergency room care at the start of the pandemic and is working with AHRQ to identify opportunities to incorporate quality improvement tools in clinical decision support. She has done work for HHS on entry-level workforce in health care and on the evidence base for Project ECHO, an effort in which specialists use videoconferencing to train generalists to increase access and capacity in health care. She has also done work for HRSA on a project to integrate housing and medical data for patients with HIV and was involved in another large CMS contract working to standardize reporting from post-acute care settings, focusing on medication reconciliation.

Fischer holds a Ph.D. and M.D. and  in clinical and population health research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an M.S.Sc. in clinical informatics from Harvard Medical School, and a B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard College. She also holds an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Selected Publications

Fischer SH, Shih RA, McMullen TL, et al. , "Standardized assessment of medication reconciliation in post-acute care," J Am Geriatr Soc, 2022

Predmore Z, Fischer S, "Electronic Health Data Quality and Population Health Management Algorithms," Popul Health Manag, 2021

Fischer, Shira H., Adam J. Rose, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, Jessica L. Sousa, and Monique Martineau, Evaluation of Technology-Enabled Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Models: Materials for a Report to Congress, RAND Corporation (RR-2934), 2019

Fischer SH, Uscher-Pines L, Roth E, Breslau J, "The Transition to Telehealth during the First Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from a National Sample of Patients," JGIM, 2021

Uscher-Pines, Lori, Kathryn E. Bouskill, Jessica L. Sousa, Mimi Shen, and Shira H. Fischer, Experiences of Medicaid Programs and Health Centers in Implementing Telehealth, RAND Corporation (RR-2564), 2019

Fischer S, Rose A, "Responsible e-Prescribing Needs e-Discontinuation," JAMA, 2017

Uscher-Pines L, Fischer S, Chari R., "The Promise of Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth for Disaster Response and Recovery. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2016

Fischer, S. H., Tjia, J. and Field, T. S., "Impact of Health Information Technology Interventions to Improve Medication Laboratory Monitoring for Ambulatory Patients: A Systematic Review," J Am Med Inform Assoc, 17(6), 2010

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