Robert S. Rudin

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

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Robert S. Rudin is a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation. He conducts research on health information technology.

Rudin's interests include how health IT can improve care, reduce costs, and engage patients between visits to their health care provider. He has conducted studies involving user needs assessment, health IT design and development, and evaluation. He uses quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Prior to joining RAND, Rudin had internships at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and at the Center for IT Leadership at Partners Healthcare. He worked as a professional software engineer for several years.

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

Interviews: This Week In Health IT

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


  • Close-up of gloved hand arranging blood sample with other test tubes for processing, photo by JulieanneBirch/Getty Images

    Promoting Patient-Clinician Conversations to Reduce Cascades of Care

    A cascade of care is a seemingly uncontrollable sequence of medical services that is driven by the desire to avoid even the smallest risk of a bad outcome. What drives cascades? And what interventions might mitigate them?

    Apr 27, 2022 The Joint Commission

  • Doctors using a tablet and a desktop computer to view a patient's medical records

    How Smartphone Apps Could Help Keep Health Records Accurate

    Electronic health records have helped streamline record keeping but providers aren't always able to reliably pull together records for the same patient from different hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices. The growing use of smartphones offers a promising opportunity to improve record matching.

    Oct 4, 2018 TechCrunch

  • 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 14, 2012 New England Journal of Medicine