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White House Medical Summit Invites Hackensack Hospital Doctor For Input

Shafiq Rab, M.D.
Shafiq Rab, M.D. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A doctor from Hackensack University Medical Center was invited to participate in a White House summit with President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer, took part in the Feb. 25 White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit with President Obama, industry experts, patients and researchers. The annual program launched in 2015 aims to facilitate progress toward revolutionizing healthcare delivery.

The Obama Administration called on academic medical centers, researchers, foundations, privacy experts, medical ethicists, and medical product innovators to develop new approaches to patient participation and empowerment. HackensackUMC was one of a select group to accept and deliver on this challenge

“Through the work of Dr. Rab and our entire team, we have created an environment throughout our campus that encourages innovation. We have been able to channel this creativity and vision into meaningful products and services that have transformed the way care is delivered by not only our team members and physicians – but most importantly, our patients and their families,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.

Rab said the initiative focuses on developing a single nationwide system that will provide the full picture of a human life.

“President Obama has recognized the many aspects of a person’s life that affect their care. It is no longer just about treating a patient when they are ill within the confines of a hospital. We must now look through the ‘third window’ of Big Data that provides insight into humanity from every aspect of a human being’s life,” Rab said.

Rab and the Information Technology team at HackensackUMC have been working to be on the forefront of increasing accessibility for both patient and providers.

“By empowering patients to have more accountability and involvement in their care, HackensackUMC is providing the right information to the right person at the right time in the right format in a secure manner,” Rab said.

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