Albert Shar, Ph.D

Albert Shar, Ph.D

QERTech

Albert O. Shar, Ph.D., is managing principal at QERT and finds practical technical solutions to today’s real world problems. Previously, Shar was the first vice president of information technology at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and served as a senior program officer for the Pioneer Group, seeking innovative projects that catalyze fundamental breakthroughs in health and health care. Before that, Shar was director for Information Technology Research and Architecture at the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, where he developed innovative ways to use IT to improve the drug discovery and development process. Prior to that, Shar held the positions of director of technology services, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and executive director and CIO, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has held research and teaching professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, University of New Hampshire, Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute and University of Colorado. Shar is the author of more than 50 scholarly publications in medical technology, computer science, and pure and applied mathematics and holds a patent in medical imaging.

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Privacy & Healthcare

Privacy & Healthcare

September 3, 2013 3:20 pm by | 0 Comments

I’ve been thinking of privacy and healthcare recently. So, like any good nerd, I went to HHS.gov and looked at their data on Breaches Affecting 500 or More Individuals as…


The Healthcare Cost Fallacy

The Healthcare Cost Fallacy

June 8, 2013 6:14 pm by | 2 Comments

There was just another article about how a simple, relatively low cost intervention saved a huge medical cost. This one which appeared in the Washington Post Wonkblog repeated the story…



Safety and Efficacy in mHealth

Safety and Efficacy in mHealth

March 6, 2013 8:57 am by | 4 Comments

Haptique just released their long awaited released its final standards for testing and certifying mobile health apps. While it represents a good start I was disappointed that it doesn’t do…


How to save Medicare now: Start talking about how much we spend on end-of-life care

How to save Medicare now: Start talking about how much we spend on end-of-life care

January 21, 2013 12:18 pm by | 1 Comments

Recently the Wall Street Journal carried an article headlined “Proton-Beam Treatment for Prostate Tumors No Better Than Radiation” referring to a paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer…