Shafiq Rab
Shafiq Rab
EVP, Chief Digital Officer & System Chief Information Officer
Shafiq Rab, MD, MPH, CHCIO, is the EVP, Chief Digital Officer and System Chief Information Officer for Wellforce in Burlington, MA. Dr. Rab leads the organization’s digital transformation efforts, finding new and innovative ways of connecting consumers and caregivers. He oversees the system-wide IT organization that supports care across academic, community, home health and virtual settings.

Dr. Rab is known throughout the country for his ingenuity and his passion for bringing joy to the lives of patients and caregivers. His achievements in liberating health information and placing the control of healthcare in the palm of the hand via first-of-its kind mobile apps earned him the Innovator of the Year award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Dr. Rab currently serves as chair of the CHIME foundation’s board and is a leading national expert on interoperability, cloud strategy and the modernization of healthcare IT via apps, APIs and AI.

Guided by a set of self-designed technology principles of API-first, AI-first, Cloud-first and Video-first, Dr. Rab has invented a platform using a patent-pending interoperable exchange between any application or data format in order to meaningfully integrate machine-learning driven artificial intelligence serving contextually aware insights directly into clinical and business workflows to provide the right information at the right time in the right situation.

Dr. Rab has served as a strategic advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services and has worked collaboratively with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His work in the public, private and government sectors have resulted in numerous industry-firsts. Dr. Rab is a founding member and the former president of the New Jersey chapter of HIMSS. He is also an ONC Health IT Fellow as well as a former board member of the Jersey Health Connect HIE, a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO), Fellow of CHIME, and CHIME Board Chair, as well as a member of the American Health Information Management Association.

Prior to joining Wellforce, Dr. Rab held the CIO positions at Rush University and Rush University System for Health in Chicago, and the Hackensack Meridian Health Network in New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters of Public Health and holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Dow Medical College in Pakistan.
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