Joshua C. Rubin, JD, MBA, MPP, MPH

Program Officer, Learning Health System Initiatives

Biography

Joshua C. Rubin is Program Officer for Learning Health System Initiatives. He previously served as Executive Director of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation (he presently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors), the only philanthropic foundation founded by a patient whose overarching mission is to realize the Learning Health System vision. Previously, Rubin served as Senior Policy Fellow at eHealth Initiative and as Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He serves as an active founding member of the Interim Steering Committee of the Learning Health Community, a multi-stakeholder grassroots movement dedicated to realizing the Learning Health System vision on a national (and ultimately global) scale. A life member of American MENSA, Rubin holds a Juris Doctor (JD) law degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: learning health system, patient and consumer empowerment, multi-stakeholder collaboration, trans-disciplinary collaboration public-private partnerships, movement building, disruptive innovation, health information technology, health system transformation, health disparities, civil rights, human rights, victim empowerment, health outcomes, patient-centered outcomes, comparative effectiveness, patient-centered medical home, patient safety, active safety surveillance, active disease surveillance, health quality improvement, big data, analytics, cyber-social ecosystems, democratizing healthcare and health

Subject-matter expertise: learning health system, healthcare policy, health information technology policy and regulations, patient and consumer engagement. health law, health policy, public health, business administration

Other professional highlights: 

  • Conducted research related to and played instrumental leadership roles in developing the concepts for and convening cross-disciplinary meetings that have galvanized multi-stakeholder communities of interest to advance important collaborative efforts to innovatively address critical societal challenges at national and global scales – inside and outside of healthcare. Examples include: the 2010 International Working Meeting on Electronic Medical Records and Outcomes Research, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Consumer Consortium on eHealth, the 2012 Learning Health System Summit, and the 2013 National Campus Sexual Assault Summit convened by Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE)
  • Named Man of the Month for July 2014 by Disruptive Women in Health Care
  • Active founding member of the Interim Steering Committee of the Learning Health Community, a multi-stakeholder grassroots movement dedicated to realizing the Learning Health System vision on a national (and ultimately global) scale
  • Presented on the Learning Health System vision and the need for multi-stakeholder, trans-disciplinary collaboration to realize it at conferences and meetings nationwide
  • Former Executive Director of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation, the only philanthropic foundation founded by a patient whose overarching mission is to realize the LHS vision
  • Previously served as a Senior Policy Fellow with the eHealth Initiative and as a senior consultant at IBM Global Business Services, working at the intersection of the health information technology, healthcare policy, consumer engagement, and public health arenas in both roles
  • Member of the Washington, DC and Virginia bar associations

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected publications:

  • Friedman CP, Rubin JC, Brown B, Buntin M, Corn M, Etheredge L, Gunter C, Musen M, Platt P, Stead W, Sullivan K, Van Houweling D. Toward a science of learning systems: a research agenda for the high-functioning Learning Health System. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2014.
  • Rubin JC and Friedman CP. Weaving Together a Healthcare Improvement Tapestry: Learning Health System Brings Together Health IT Data Stakeholders to Share Knowledge and Improve Health. Chicago: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Journal of AHIMA 2014;85(5):38-43.
  • Friedman CP and Rubin JC. State of the Industry: A Grassroots Movement Is Underway to Realize a Nationwide Learning Healthcare System. HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights. April 8, 2013.
  • Rubin JC. Transforming Kanter’s Vision. Johns Hopkins Public Health. Special Issue 2012.
  • Contributor to: Kanter JH. Your Life, Your Health: Share Your Health Data Electronically – It May Save Your Life. Los Angeles, CA: Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation; 2012.
  • Marchibroda JM with research support by Rubin JC. Developing a Governance and Operations Structure for the Sentinel Initiative. A Report to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April, 2009. eHealth Initiative. Contract No. HHSF223200811188P. April 2009.