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Columbia Alumna Named Executive Director of OpenNotes

Open Notes, the organization that is leading a national adoption of providing patients with on-demand and secure access to shared clinicians’ notes and fully transparent medical records, named Mailman School alumna Dr. Catherine M. DesRoches as its Executive Director. Dr. DesRosches, who received her doctorate degree at Mailman in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, will also be joining the Harvard Medical School faculty.

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[Photo: Dr. Catherine M. DesRoches]

Dr. DesRoches has extensive experience leading and managing interdisciplinary research aimed at improving health system performance and quality of care.  She comes to OpenNotes from Mathematica Policy Research, a national firm with expertise in social policy research, where she studied the use of electronic health records by hospitals and physicians, the effect of health care organizations on physician practices, and primary care workforce issues.

Based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, OpenNotes is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare.