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Brian Jack, MD

Brian Jack, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He is Director of the Boston University Center for Health System Design & Implementation. He authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine.

His research team has developed the “ReEngineered Discharge” (Project RED), adapted by the National Quality Forum as a national safe practice. RED is used in many hospitals throughout the US and internationally. The article describing the RCT testing RED is listed in the book “50 Studies Every Physician Should Know”, and the Annals of Internal Medicine describing the RED RCT article has over 1900 citations.

 

He explored implementation of RED in a project in 10 hospitals across the US (AHRQ). With colleague Tim Bickmore of Northeastern University, he developed a conversational agent system to deliver RED at the bedside called “Louise” (NHLBI) that was highlighted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Jack then completed AHRQ funded projects to design a tool kit describing the RED processes that is on the AHRQ website. Two PCORI funded projects explored causes of readmission from the patient perspective. His team then completed an RCT of a mental health intervention to reduce rehospitalizations for those with depressive symptoms (AHRQ R01, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation).

 

For this work, Dr. Jack received the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation in 2013. He received the AHRQ “Patient Safety Investigator” award and was named a grantee “whose work has led to significant changes in health care policy and notably influenced research and practice.” From the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine He received the “Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patent Education Innovation”, and the “Best Research Paper of the Year” award. HealthLeaders magazines selected him to its annual “People Who Make Healthcare Better” list. His 2016 article in the Journal for Healthcare Quality was the Impact Article of the Year and his paper on Project RED in Professional Case Management is the most cited paper ever in the Journal.  

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