Rainu Kaushal, M.D.

Rainu Kaushal

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.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]


1. Holden, R.J., Scanlon, M.C., Patel, N.R., Kaushal, R., Escoto, K.H., et al. A human factors framework and study of the effect of nursing workload on patient safety and employee quality of working life. Quality & Safety in Health Care. (In Press).

2. Simon SR, Soran CS, Kaushal R, Jenter CA, Volk LA, Burdick E, Cleary PD, Orav EJ, Poon EG, Bates DW. Physicians Usage of Key Functions in Electronic Health Records from 2005 to 2007: A Statewide Survey. J Am Med Inform Assoc. (In press).

3. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Jenter CA, Mills SA, Volk LA, Burdick E, Tripathi M, Simon SR. Imminent Adopters of Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care. Informatics in Primary Care. (In Press).

4. Stebbing C, Bates DW, Yoon C, Keohane C, Fitzmaurice G, Kaushal R. The Role of Advice in Medication Administration Errors in the Pediatric Ambulatory Setting. Journal of Patient Safety. (In Press).

5. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Jenter CA, Mills SA, Volk LA, Burdick E, Tripathi M, Simon SR. Imminent Adopters of Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care. Inf. in Prim Care. (In Press).

6. Rothschild JM, Bates DW, Franz C, Soukup JR, Kaushal R. The Costs and Savings Associated With Prevention of Adverse Events by Critical Care Nurses. The Journal of Critical Care. (In Press).

7. HEAL NY: Promoting interoperable health information technology in New York State. Kern, LM, Barron Y, Abramson EL, Patel V, Kaushal R. Health Affairs. 28(2):493-504. 2009 Mar-Apr.

8. Abramson E, Hyman D, Kaushal R. Implementing a Patient Safety and Quality Program in Two Pediatric Institutions. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 35(1):43-8, 2009 Jan.

9. O’Donnell HC, Kaushal R, Barron Y, Callahan MA, Adelman RD, Siegler EL. Physicians’ attitudes towards copy and pasting in electronic note writing. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 24(1):63-8, 2009 Jan.

10. Kansagra S, Rao S, Sullivan A, Gordon J, Magid D, Kaushal R, Camargo C, Blumenthal D. A Survey of Workplace Violence across 65 US Emergency Departments. Academic Emergency Medicine. 15(12):1268-74, 2008.

11.Yoon-Flannery K, Zandieh SO, Kuperman GJ, Langsam DJ, Hyman D, Kaushal R. A Qualitative Analysis of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation Plan in an Academic Ambulatory Setting. Informatics in Primary Care. 16(4):277-84, 2008.

12. Simon SR, Kaushal R, Jenter CA, Volk LA, Burdick E, Poon EG, Tumolo AZ, Tripathi M, Bates DW. Readiness for electronic health records: comparison of characteristics of practices in a collaborative with the remainder of Massachusetts. Inform Prim Care. 16(2):129-37, 2008.

13. Tsai CL, Sullivan AF, Gordon JA, Kaushal R, Magid DJ, Blumenthal D, Camargo CA Jr. Quality of care for acute asthma in 63 US emergency departments. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 123(2):354-61, 2008 Dec 11.

14. Magid DJ, Sullivan AF, Cleary PD, Rao SR, Gordon JA, Kaushal R, Guadognoli E, Camargo CA Jr, Blumenthal D. The Safety of Emergency Care Systems: Results of a Survey of Clinicians in 65 US Emergency Departments. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2008 Dec 1.

15. Porter SC, Kaushal R, Forbes PW, Goldmann D, Kalish LA. Impact of a patient-centered technology on medication errors during pediatric emergency care. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 8(5):329-35, 2008 Sep-Oct.

16. DesRoches CM, Campbell EG, Rao SR, Donelan K, Ferris TG, Jha A, Kaushal R, Levy DE, Rosenbaum S, Shields AE, Blumenthal D. Electronic health records in ambulatory care—a national survey of physicians. N Engl J Med. 359(1):50-60, 2008 Jul 3.

17. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Abramson EL, Soukup JR, Goldmann DA. Unit-based clinical pharmacists’ prevention of serious medication errors in pediatric inpatients. J Health Syst Pharm. 65(13):1254-60, 2008 Jul 1.

18. Zandieh SO, Yoon-Flannery K, Kuperman GJ, Langsam DJ, Hyman D, Kaushal R. Challenges to EHR Implementation in Electronic- Versus Paper-based Office Practices: A Qualitative Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 23(6):755-61, 2008 Jun.

19. Kaushal R, Shapiro J, Kern K. The Future of RHIOs in New York. Health Affairs. 2008, May 6.

20. Kern LM, Barron Y, Blair AJ, Salkowe J, Chambers D, Callahan MA, Kaushal R. Electronic result viewing and quality of care in small group practices. J Gen Intern Med. 23(4):405-10;pp405-411, 2008 Mar.

21. Simon SR, McCarthy ML, Kaushal R, Jenter CA, Volk LA, Poon EG, Yee KC, Oray EJ, Williams DH, Bates DW. Electronic health records: which practices have them, and how are clinicians using them? J Eval Clin Pract. 14(1):43-7, 2008 Feb.

22. Zandieh SO, Goldmann DA, Keohane CA, Yoon C, Bates DW, Kaushal R. Risk factors in preventable adverse drug events in pediatric outpatients. The Journal of Pediatrics. 152(2):225-31, 2008 Feb.

23. Sullivan AF, Camargo CA, Clearly PD, Gordon JA, Guadagnoli E, Kaushal R, Magid, DJ, Rao SR, Blumenthal D. The National Emergency Department Safety Study: Study Rationale and Design. Academic Emergency Medicine. 14(12):1182-1189, 2007 Dec.

24. Simon SR, Kaushal R, et al. Physicians and electronic health records: a statewide survey. Arch Intern Med. 167(5):507-12, 2007 Dec 12.

25. Hripcsak G, Kaushal R, et al. The United Hospital Fund meeting on evaluating health information exchange. J Biomed Inform. 40(6):S3-10, 2007 Dec.

26. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Franz C, Soukup JR, Rothschild JM. Costs of adverse events in intensive care units. Critical Care Medicine. 35(11):2479-83, 2007 Nov.

27. Poon EG, Simon SR, Jenter CA, Kaushal R, Volk LA, Cleary PD, Tumolo AZ, Bates DW, Use of features in electronic health records and health care quality: How are they related? AMIA Annu Symo Proc. 2007 Oct 11:: 1079.

28. Kaushal R, Goldmann DA, Keohane CA, Hale AS, Christino M, Honour M, Zigmont K, Lehman LS, Perrin J, Bates DW. Adverse Drug Events and Near-misses in Pediatric Outpatients. Ambul Pediatr. 7(5):383-89, 2007 Sep.

29. Kern LM, Kaushal R. Health information technology and health information exchange in New York State: new initiatives in implementation and evaluation. J Biomed Inform. 40(6):S17-20, Epub 2007 Sep 7.

30. Schulman J, Kuperman GJ, Kharbanda A, Kaushal R. Discovering How to Think About a Hospital Patient Information System by Struggling to Evaluate It: a Committee’s Journal. JAMIA. 14:537-41, 2007 Jun 28.

31. Stebbing C, Wong IC, Kaushal R, Jaffe A. The Role of Communication in Pediatric Drug Safety. Arch Dis Child. 92(5):440-5, 2007 May.

32. Wang JK, Herzog NS, Kaushal R, Park C, Mochizuki C, Weingarten SR. Prevention of by Hospital Pharmacists and the Additional Benefit of Computerized Physician Order Entry. Pediatrics. 119(1):e77-85, 2007 Jan.

33. Killelea B, Kaushal R, Kuperman G. To What Extent Do Pediatricians Accept Computer-based Dosing Suggestions? Pediatrics. 119(1):e69-75, 2007 Jan.

34. Simon SR., Kaushal R, et al. Correlates of electronic health record adoption in office practices: a statewide survey. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 14(1): 110-7, 2007 Jan-Feb.

35. Stebbing C, Kaushal R, Bates DW. Pediatric Medication Safety and the Media: What does the Public See? Pediatrics. 117(6):1907-14, 2006 Jun.

36. Kaushal R, Upadhyayula S, Gaba D, Leape L. The Wild West: Patient Safety in Office-Based Anesthesia. AHRQ Web M&M, 2006 May.

37. Kaushal R, Jha AK, Franz C, Glaser J, Shetty KD, Jaggi T, Middleton B, Kuperman G, Khorasani R, Tanasijevic M, Bates DW. Return on Investment for a Computerized Physician Order Entry System. JAMIA. 13(3):261-6, 2006 May-Jun.

38. Poon EG, Jha AK, Christino M, Honour MM, Fernandopulle R, Middleton B, Newhouse J, Leape L, Bates DW, Blumenthal D, Kaushal R. Assessing the Level of Healthcare Information Technology Adoption in the United States: A Snapshot. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 6:1, 2006 Jan 5.
39. Alper SJ, Karsh BT, Holden RJ, Scanlon MC, Patel N, Kaushal R. Protocol Violations During Medication Administration in Pediatrics. Proceedings from HFES 50th Annual Meeting. 2006.

40. McPhilllips HA, Stille CJ, Smith D, Hecht J, Pearson J, Stull J, DeBellis K, Andrade S, Miller M, Kaushal R, Gurwitz J, Davis RL. Potential Medication Dosing Errors in Outpatient Pediatrics. Journal of Pediatrics. 147 (6): 761-767, 2005 Dec.

41. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Poon EG, Jha AK, Fanjiang G, Middleton B, Honour MM, Franz C, Christino M, Fernandopoulle R, Glaser J, Kuperman G, Newhouse J, Blumenthal D. Functional Gaps in Attaining a National Health Information Network. What will it take to get there in five years? Health Affairs. 24(5):1281-89, 2005 Sep 14.

42. Kaushal R, Blumenthal D, Poon EG, Jha AK, Franz C, Middleton B, Glaser J, Kuperman G, Christino M, Fernandopoulle R, Newhouse J, Bates DW. The Costs of a National Health Information Infrastructure. Annals of Internal Medicine. 143(3):165-73, 2005 Aug 2.

43. Rothschild JM, Landrigan CP, Cronin JW, Kaushal R, Lockley SW, Burdick E, Stone PH, Lilly CM, Katz JT, Czeisler CA, Bates DW. The Critical Care Safety Study: The Incidence and Nature of Adverse Events and Serious Medical Errors in Intensive Care. Critical Care Medicine. 33(8):1694-700, 2005 Aug.

44. Walsh K, Kaushal R, Chessare J. How to Avoid Pediatric Medication Errors: A User's Guide to the Literature. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 90(7):698-702, 2005 Jul.

45. Sittig DF, Shiffman RN, Leonard K, Friedman C, Rudolph B, Hripscsak G, Adams LL, Kleinman LC, Kaushal R. A Draft Framework for Measuring Progress towards the Development of a National Health Information Infrastructure. BIOMED Central Informatics and Decision Making. 5:14, 2005 Jun 13.

46. Blumenthal D, Ferris T, Kuhlthau KA, Perrin J, Weissman JS, Wactherman M, Weil E, Kaushal R, Iezzoni L. The Who, What and Why of Risk Adjustment: A Technology on the Cusp of Adoption. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 30(3):453-73, 2005 Jun.

47. Landrigan CP, Rothschild JM, Cronin JW, Kaushal R, Burdick E, Katz JT, Lilly CM, Stone PH, Lockley SW, Bates DW, Czeisler CA. Effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units. New England Journal of Medicine. 351(18):1838-48, 2004 Oct 28.

48. Poon EG, Blumenthal D, Kaushal R et al. Overcoming barriers to adopting and implementing computerized physician order entry systems in U.S. hospitals. Health Aff (Millwood). 23(4):184-90, 2004 Jul-Aug.

49. Poon EG, Blumenthal D, Jaggi T, Honour MM, Bates DW, Kaushal R. Overcoming the Barriers to Adopting and Implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems in US Hospitals: A Senior Management Perspective. Health Affairs. 23(4):184-190, 2004 Jul-Aug.

50. Kaushal R, Jaggi T, Walsh K, Fortescue EB, Bates DW. Pediatric medication errors: what do we know? What gaps remain? Ambulatory Pediatrics. 4(1):73-81, 2004 Jan-Feb.

51. Kaushal R, Shojania KG, Bates DW. Effects of computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems on medication safety: a systematic review. Archives of Internal Medicine. 163(12):1409-16, 2003 Jun 23.

52. Fortescue EB, Kaushal R, Landrigan CP, McKenna KJ, Clapp MD, Federico F, Goldmann DA. Bates DW. Prioritizing strategies for preventing medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients. Pediatrics. 111(4 Pt 1):722-9, 2003 Apr.

53. Kaushal R. Using chart review to screen for medication errors and adverse drug events. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 59(23):2323-5, 2002 Dec 1.

54. Rothschild JM, Federico FA, Gandhi TK, Kaushal R, Williams DH, Bates DW. Analysis of medication-related malpractice claims: causes, preventability, and costs. Archives of Internal Medicine. 162(21):2414-20, 2002 Nov 25.

55. Goldmann D, Kaushal R. Time to tackle the tough issues in patient safety. Pediatrics. 110(4): 823-6, 2002 Oct.

56. Kaushal R, Bates DW. Information technology and medication safety: what is the benefit? Quality & Safety in Health Care. 11(3):261-5, 2002 Sep.

57. Kaushal R, Barker KN, Bates DW. How can information technology improve patient safety and reduce medication errors in children's health care? Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 155(9):1002-7, 2001 Sep.

58. Kaushal R, Bates DW, Landrigan C, McKenna KJ, Clapp MD, Federico F, Goldmann DA. Medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients. JAMA. 285(16):2114-20, 2001 Apr 25.