Seminar Series: David Bates, MD, MSc

Presentation Title: The Case for Making Health Care Data Broadly Available

David Bates, MD, MSc, will present at the Schaeffer Center as part of the Spring 2020 Seminar Series.


One of the biggest needs in learning about how to improve care is access to large datasets. There are clearly concerns about these datasets, but policies to enable building them and making them available to qualified parties could have a major impact. Dr. Bates will discuss the potential of this approach, and describe a number of efforts around the world that focus on this.

Event Date
Monday, February 03, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pacific
University of Southern California
Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall (VPD) 302
Los Angeles, CA

David Westfall BatesDavid Bates, M.D., M.Sc., is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve care, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. 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, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He served as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety and is the past president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. He has published over 800 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited over 100,000 times; he has an h-index of 147, which ranks him among the 400 most cited biomedical researchers of any type. His website is