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David W. Bates
electronic health medication safety policy

1. Introduction

David Bates (born June 5, 1957) is an American-born physician, biomedical informatician, and professor, who is internationally renowned for his work regarding the use of health information technology (HIT) to improve the safety and quality of healthcare, in particular by using Clinical Decision Support.[1] Dr. Bates has done especially important work in the area of medication safety. He began by describing the epidemiology of harm caused by medications, first in hospitalized patients[2] and then in other settings such as the home[3] and nursing homes.[4][5] Subsequently, he demonstrated that by implementing computerized physician order entry (CPOE), medication safety could be dramatically improved in hospitals.[6] This work led the Leapfrog Group to call CPOE one of the four changes that would most improve the safety of U.S. healthcare.[7] It also helped hospitals to justify investing in electronic health records and in particular, CPOE.[8] Throughout his career, Bates has published over 600 peer reviewed articles and is the most cited researcher in the fields of both patient safety and biomedical informatics, with an h-index of 115.[9] In a 2013 analysis published by the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, he ranked among the top 400 living biomedical researchers of any type.[10] He is currently Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.[5]

Currently, Dr. Bates serves as the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Information Systems at Partners HealthCare. In addition, he is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served as Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President of Brigham and Women's from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed Chief Innovation Officer in October 2014 to 2016, and he directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice there. In addition, he serves as the director of the AHRQ funded Health Information Technology Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (HIT-CERT) and the Patient Centered Learning Lab (PSLL) at the Brigham Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice.[11]

2. Biography and Career

David Westfall Bates was born on June 5, 1957 in Madison, Wisconsin, although he grew up in Tucson, Arizona. In high school, he worked as a computer programmer before attending college at Stanford University, where he earned his B.S. in 1979. He received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1983,[1] and did his residency from 1983 to 1986 at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Bates did a fellowship in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He received his M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990.[11]

3. Awards and Honors

  • Young Investigator of the Year Award, Society for Medical Decision-Making, 1993[11]
  • Cheers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medication Error Prevention, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 1999[1]
  • John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety Research, 2002[12]
  • Elected member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2005[5]
  • Board of Directors Honor Award of Excellence in Medication-Use Safety, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2006[13]
  • Elected member, Association of American Physicians, 2007[5]
  • John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2008[14]
  • Mastership Award, American College of Physicians, 2008[15]
  • Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contribution in Informatics, American Medical Informatics Association, 2010[16]
  • Laufman-Greatbach Award, American Association for the Advancement of Instrumentation, AAMI Foundation, 2012[17]
  • Robert J. Glaser Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2013[18]
  • Honorary Degree, University College of London
  • Honorary Degree, University of Edinburgh
  • Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, American Medical Informatics Association, 2016 [19]
  • John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Award,[20] October 30, 2017

4. Advisory Activities

Dr. Bates has served as the chair of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup[21] and the board chair of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.[1] He served as the external program lead for research in the World Health Organization's Alliance for Patient Safety from 2006-2015 and was a member of the U.S.'s HIT Policy Committee through 2016.[11] In addition, Bates was the president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).[22]

5. Selected Publications

  1. Bates, D. W., Cullen, D. J., Laird, N., Petersen, L. A., Small, S. D., Servi, D., ... & Edmondson, A. (1995). Incidence of adverse drug events and potential adverse drug events: implications for prevention. Jama, 274(1), 29-34.
  2. Leape, L. L., Bates, D. W., Cullen, D. J., Cooper, J., Demonaco, H. J., Gallivan, T., ... & Edmondson, A. (1995). Systems analysis of adverse drug events. Jama, 274(1), 35-43.
  3. Bates, D. W., Leape, L. L., Cullen, D. J., Laird, N., Petersen, L. A., Teich, J. M., ... & Seger, D. L. (1998). Effect of computerized physician order entry and a team intervention on prevention of serious medication errors. Jama, 280(15), 1311-1316.
  4. Kaushal, R., Bates, D. W., Landrigan, C., McKenna, K. J., Clapp, M. D., Federico, F., & Goldmann, D. A. (2001). Medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients. Jama, 285(16), 2114-2120.
  5. Bates, D. W., Teich, J. M., Lee, J., Seger, D., Kuperman, G. J., Ma'Luf, N., ... & Leape, L. (1999). The impact of computerized physician order entry on medication error prevention. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 6(4), 313-321.
  6. Bates, D. W., & Gawande, A. A. (2003). Improving safety with information technology. New England Journal of Medicine, 348(25), 2526-2534.
  7. Bates, D. W., Kuperman, G. J., Wang, S., Gandhi, T., Kittler, A., Volk, L., ... & Middleton, B. (2003). Ten commandments for effective clinical decision support: making the practice of evidence-based medicine a reality. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 10(6), 523-530.
  8. Chertow, G. M., Burdick, E., Honour, M., Bonventre, J. V., & Bates, D. W. (2005). Acute kidney injury, mortality, length of stay, and costs in hospitalized patients. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 16(11), 3365-3370.
  9. Bates, D. W., Boyle, D. L., Vander Vliet, M. B., Schneider, J., & Leape, L. (1995). Relationship between medication errors and adverse drug events. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 10(4), 199-205.
  10. Adler-Milstein, J., Bates, D. W., & Jha, A. K. (2011). A survey of health information exchange organizations in the United States: implications for meaningful use. Annals of Internal Medicine, 154(10), 666-671.
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  1. Bates, David, W. (2005). "DAVID WESTFALL BATES, MD: a conversation with the editor on improving patient safety, quality of care, and outcomes by using information technology.". Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center) 18 (2): 158–164. doi:10.1080/08998280.2005.11928056. PMID 16200166.
  2. Bates, David W.; Cullen, David J.; Laird, Nan; Peterson, Laura A.; Small, Stephen D.; Servi, Deborah; Laffel, Glenn; Sweitzer, Bobbie J. et al. (1995). "Incidence of adverse drug events and potential adverse drug events: implications for prevention.". JAMA 274 (1): 29–34. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530010043033. PMID 7791255.
  3. Gandhi, Tejal K; Weingart, Saul N; Borus, Joshua; Seger, Andrew C; Peterson, Josh; Burdick, Elisabeth; Seger, Diane L; Shu, Kirstin et al. (April 17, 2003). "Adverse Drug Events in Ambulatory Care". The New England Journal of Medicine 348 (16): 1556–1564. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa020703. PMID 12700376.
  4. Gurwitz, Jerry H; Field, Terry S; Avorn, Jerry; McCormick, Danny; Jain, Shailavi; Eckler, Marie; Benser, Marcia; Edmondson, Amy C et al. (August 2000). "Incidence and preventability of adverse drug events in nursing homes". The American Journal of Medicine 109 (2): 87–94. doi:10.1016/S0002-9343(00)00451-4. PMID 10967148.
  5. "Bio: David W. Bates, MD, MSC". Partners HealthCare. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. Bates, David W.; Leape, Lucian L.; Cullen, David J.; Laird, Nan; Petersen, Laura A.; Teich, Jonathan M.; Burdick, Elizabeth; Hickey, Mairead et al. (1998). "Effect of computerized physician order entry and a team intervention on prevention of serious medication errors". JAMA 280 (15): 1311–1316. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1311. PMID 9794308.
  7. "The Leapfrog Group Fact Sheet". The Leapfrog Group. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. Bates, David W; Ebell, Mark; Gotlieb, Edward; Zapp, John; Mullins, H C (2003). "A Proposal for Electronic Medical Records in U.S. Primary Care". Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 10 (1): 1–10. doi:10.1197/jamia.M1097. PMID 12509352.
  9. "David Bates Google Scholar Profile". Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. Boyack, Kevin W.; Klavans, Richard; Sorensen, Aaron A.; Ioannids, John P.A. (October 21, 2013). "A list of highly influential biomedical researchers, 1996-2011". European Journal of Clinical Investigation 43 (12): 1339–1365. doi:10.1111/eci.12171. PMID 24134636.
  11. Bates, David Westfall. "Curriculum Vitae". Kuwait Health Sciences Center. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. "2013 - 2002 Award Recipients". The Joint Commission. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  13. "Board of Directors Award of Honor". American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  14. "John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research". The Society of General Internal Medicine. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  15. "ACP Announces New Masters and Awardees for 2009". American College of Physicians. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  16. "Call For Nominations 2014 Signature Awards". The American Medical Informatics Association. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  17. "The AAMI Foundation's Laufman-Greatbatch Award". Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. 
  18. "THE ROBERT J. GLASER AWARD". The Society of General Internal Medicine. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  19. "Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence". Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  20. "Glaser Society - Glaser Society - $!{h}". 
  21. "FDASIA". Health Information Technology. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  22. "Our People: Prof. David Bates". The International Society for Quality in Healthcare. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
Name: David W. Bates
Born: Jun 1957
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Titles: Physician Biomedical informatician
Affiliations: Medicine Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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