Rush University Medical Center to Tap Shafiq Rab as CIO | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Rush University Medical Center to Tap Shafiq Rab as CIO

December 9, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

After a “comprehensive national search,” Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center has named Shafiq Rab, M.D., to the post of chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president, effective Jan. 9, 2017.

Dr. Rab is currently the CIO and senior vice president of information technology at Hackensack University Health Network, in Hackensack, N.J. According to a press release from Rush University Medical Center, since 2012, Rab “has used technology to help grow a single 775-bed hospital into the largest health system in New Jersey, with more than 3,500 patient beds. He also introduced innovations and tools including bedside iPads and the Apple Health Kit, to allow patients and families greater access to their medical records and easier communication with their care teams. His work contributed to improved patient outcomes and experience, and operational efficiencies.”

What’s more, according to the press release, “Rab brought Hackensack University Medical Center to the leading edge of mobile healthcare technology by developing an app that allows patient access to direct appointment scheduling, test results, prescription information and communication with physicians from any device. His team also developed facial recognition technology to accurately match and identify the appropriate patient to his or her data, as well as new technology allowing patients to connect providers to their medical record regardless of the system that doctor uses.”

Also on a personal level, in 2015, Rab was awarded the College of Healthcare Information Management Executive’s (CHIME) Innovator of the Year Award. Prior to Hackensack, from 2008 to 2012, Rab was vice president and CIO at Greater Hudson Valley Health System in New York, where he led the system’s successful implementation of electronic medical records software.

“I am very excited to welcome Shafiq Rab to Rush,” Michael Dandorph, president of Rush University Medical Center, said in a statement. “His extensive professional experience combined with his unique medical and public health background is a perfect fit with our mission and vision.”

He added, “Shafiq will help Rush use information technologies in creative, new ways that improve and expand our patients’ and the public’s many interactions with Rush physicians and staff. His clinical and public health expertise will help Rush to use technology to grow in its mission to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities it serves.”

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

ONC Roundup: Senior Leadership Changes Spark Questions

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has continued to experience changes within its upper leadership, leading some folks to again ponder what the health IT agency’s role will be moving forward.

Media Report: Walmart Hires Former Humana Executive to Run Health Unit

Reigniting speculation that Walmart and insurer Humana are exploring ways to forge a closer partnership, Walmart Inc. has hired a Humana veteran to run its health care business, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Value-Based Care Shift Has Halted, Study Finds

A new study of 451 physicians and health plan executives suggests that progress toward value-based care has stalled. In fact, it may have even taken a step backward over the past year, the research revealed.

Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is mixed, according to medical researchers.

Nursing Notes Can Help Predict ICU Survival, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

Health Catalyst Completes Acquisition of HIE Technology Company Medicity

Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst, a data analytics company, has completed its acquisition of Medicity, a developer of health information exchange (HIE) technology, and the deal adds data exchange capabilities to Health Catalyst’s data, analytics and decision support solutions.