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April 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Don Rucker (43215) has been appointed chief operating officer of the IDEA Studio at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also associate dean for innovation, and visiting clinical professor of emergency medicine and visiting clinical professor of biomedical informatics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Rucker, one of the first formally trained medical informaticians in the United States with extensive vendor-based healthcare policy experience, has scientific, computational and practical background in medical computing and decision sciences. He was co-developer of the first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record in the world, and was a designer of the computerized physician order entry module that won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award as the best hospital computer system in the U.S. He is a board certified physician of emergency medicine and internal medicine with broad clinical experience, including service at Kaiser Permanente, Beth Israel Deaconess and the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, Rucker served as vice president and chief medical officer for Siemens Healthcare USA, a $4 billion annual revenue imaging, laboratory and IT enterprise, where he led the total redesign of the flagship computerized physician order entry module used by approximately 30,000 physicians.

Rucker received his A.B. in chemistry magna cum laude from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a master’s degree in business administration at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a master’s of science degree in medical computer science, also at Stanford.

Also, Rucker has been a member of multiple advisory boards, including MedCAC (CMS’s physician advisory board), the Certification Commission for Healthcare IT, and the ONC Meaningful Use Certification and Adoption Workgroup.


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