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Douglas McCarthy is president of Issues Research in Durango, Colorado. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and has consulted on projects for corporations, foundations, and universities.
Current and recent engagements include:
Collaborating with a consulting team to support the Midwest Health Initiative in creating a blueprint for a health information infrastructure, which may include an all-payer claims database, to improve health and health care for residents of Missouri.
Conducting research on promising practices in health care delivery on behalf of the Commonwealth Fund. Doug supported a learning collaborative to promote partnerships between health care and community organizations to address the social determinants of health.
Leading the Commonwealth Fund’s Health System Performance Tracking program, which produced a series of scorecards measuring health system performance at the national, state, and local levels.
Doug previously worked at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where he co-led ethnographic research on the information needs of stakeholders in regional health improvement. At UnitedHealth Group, he directed public policy and supported product development of health informatics tools. He began his career engaged in quality improvement for a local government.
Doug lives with his family in southwestern Colorado, where he enjoys biking and participating in the local Toastmasters Club. He serves on the boards of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, which administers Colorado’s All-Payer Claims Database, and the Peak Health Alliance, a purchasing cooperative that reduced health insurance premiums for residents of seven Colorado communities.