Rainu Kaushal, M.D.
Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH, is Chairman of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chief of Healthcare Policy and Research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) and Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Director of Pediatric Quality for the Komansky Center for Children's Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Executive Director of the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC) for New York State.
Dr. Kaushal is an international expert and leader in the clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and comparative effectiveness of healthcare delivery interventions and models. Her extensive research portfolio covers topics central to healthcare delivery and reform, including health information technology (HIT), health information exchange (HIE), and novel models of health care delivery and provider payment. She studies the effects of these healthcare interventions on outcomes related to health care quality, safety, costs, value, provider adoption, provider usage, and patient satisfaction. Dr. Kaushal has published more than 125 scholarly publications, been a member of numerous national and international advisory committees, formally consulted with other researchers as well as with policy makers, and served on editorial boards for health care journals as well as on several study sections for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is a frequent invited national and international speaker.
Dr. Kaushal holds multiple leadership positions. In 2007, she became the first Chief of the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell, a dynamic Division formed to evaluate HIT as a cornerstone of health care reform. In 2011, she became the first Director of the multi-departmental Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP), which runs collaborative, robust programs in research, education, service and innovation with the goal of reforming the healthcare system via informatics and technology. In these roles, she assembled an extensive team of faculty members, including health service researchers, biostatisticians, computer scientists, informaticists, and policy experts, supported by project managers and research coordinators. She also established and directs a Fellowship Program in Health Care Quality and Medical Informatics, a Certificate Program in Health Information Technology, and a new Master of Science program in Health Informatics.
In 2005, Dr. Kaushal founded and became the Executive Director of HITEC, a collaborative involving four academic institutions from across New York State. HITEC has been responsible for conducting rigorous evaluations of the ambitious $1 billion New York State "HEAL NY" program, which was designed to reform the healthcare delivery system through targeted public investments in HIT and HIE projects. In her roles at CHiP and HITEC, Dr. Kaushal convened expert panels to develop conceptual models and identify measures for capturing the quality and value of electronic health records. The work of the quality panel had a strong influence on measures selected for the federal "Meaningful Use" program.
A consortium led by Dr. Kaushal has been awarded a $7 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to establish a Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) involving 22 New York City organizations. The NYC-CDRN will develop a data infrastructure to support a wide variety of research studies and the recruitment of patients into clinical trials. The project has the potential to greatly improve clinical research and health care delivery in New York City by enabling area patients and providers to make better-informed clinical decisions.
Dr. Kaushal attended Harvard Medical School, and then completed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston, attaining double board certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She then completed the Harvard Clinical Effectiveness Fellowship while obtaining a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She joined and remained on faculty at Harvard Medical School until 2006 when she joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College.