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Joshua Richardson

Joshua Richardson

Research Health IT Scientist


PhD, Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University
MS, Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University
Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
BA, History, San Francisco State University

Joshua Richardson is a Research Health IT Scientist with expertise in digital health and clinical informatics. With a background in health information technology (IT) and information science, Dr. Richardson contributes to projects that leverage and evaluate health IT and data. His research centers around user information needs—including decision making—and the ways health IT can address those needs. Dr. Richardson’s recent work has focused on evaluating communication tools, electronic health records, and clinical decision support technology. He is currently a co-investigator on a project exploring public perceptions of trust in artificial intelligence-driven clinical decision support with funding from a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) R01 grant.   

In addition to his project work, Dr. Richardson is a RTI highly published and cited author who received a sabbatical award to explore health IT solutions for reporting electronic clinical quality measure data from electronic health record systems. The project partnered with Healthy Hearts in the Heartland, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded grant led by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, which linked small Midwestern clinics to resources meant to improve cardiovascular care.   

Dr. Richardson also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rush University Graduate Center. Additionally, he is Co-Chair of the Trust and Policy Work Group of the Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) organization and is Co-Chair for MCBK’s upcoming North America Chapter Meeting. Dr. Richardson was inducted as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA) in 2023.   

He came to RTI in 2015 from Weill Cornell Medicine, where he was an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics in the Department of Health Policy and Research. Dr. Richardson taught courses in health IT and health information exchange, as well as qualitative research methods. He also served as Assistant Library Director of Clinical Services for the Samuel J. Wood Library and led services to integrate published evidence into clinical care.

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