David W. Bates

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David W. Bates
Dr. David W. Bates
BornJune 5, 1957 (1957-06-05) (age 66)
EducationStanford University
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
Occupation(s)Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Medical Director, Clinical Quality and IS Analysis, Mass General Brigham

Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Known forComputerized physician order entry, clinical decision support system, health information technology

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] Bates has done 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]

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 Mass General Brigham. 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 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 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]

Biography and career[edit]

David Westfall Bates was born on June 5, 1957, in Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 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 in Portland, Oregon. From 1988 to 1990, Bates did a fellowship in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

Advisory activities[edit]

Bates has served as the chair of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act 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.[22]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. PMC 1200718. PMID 16200166.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Bates, David W.; Cullen, David J.; Laird, Nan; Peterson, Laura A.; Small, Stephen D.; Servi, Deborah; Laffel, Glenn; Sweitzer, Bobbie J.; Shea, Brian F.; Hallisey, Robert; Vander Vilet, Martha; Nemeskal, Roberta; Leape, Lucian L.; Bates, David; Hojnowski-Diaz, Patricia; Petrycki, Stephen; Cotugno, Michael; Patterson, Heather; Hickey, Mairead; Kleefield, Sharon; Cooper, Jeffrey; Kinneally, Ellen; Demonaco, Harold J.; Dempsey Clapp, Margaret; Gallivan, Theresa; Ives, Jeanette; Porter, Kathy; Thompson, Taylor; Hackman, J. Richard; Edmondson, Amy (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; Federico, Frank; Leape, Lucian L; Bates, David W (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; Bates, David W (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. ^ a b c d "Bio: David W. Bates, MD, MSC". The Center For Patient Safety Research and Practice. 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; Kleefield, Sharon; Shea, Brian; Vander Vilet, Martha; Seger, Diane L. (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. PMC 150354. PMID 12509352.
  9. ^ "David Bates Google Scholar Profile". Google Scholar. 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. S2CID 13259290.
  11. ^ a b c d Bates, David Westfall. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Hampden-Sydney College. Kuwait Health Sciences Center. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  12. ^ "2013 - 2002 Award Recipients" (PDF). The Joint Commission: Eisenberg Award. 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". SGIM. The Society of General Internal Medicine. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  15. ^ "ACP Announces New Masters and Awardees for 2009". ACP Online. American College of Physicians. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Call For Nominations 2014 Signature Awards". AMIA.org. The American Medical Informatics Association. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  17. ^ "The AAMI Foundation's Laufman-Greatbatch Award". AAMI.org. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Archived from the original on 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  18. ^ "THE ROBERT J. GLASER AWARD". SGIM.org. 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".
  21. ^ "FDASIA". HealthIT.gov. Health Information Technology. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Our People: Prof. David Bates". ISQua. The International Society for Quality in Healthcare. Retrieved 11 June 2014.