Chris Dymek, Ed.D. leads the work of the Division of Digital Healthcare Research within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. She is a computer scientist and health services researcher who is dedicated to advancing the productive use of digital technologies within healthcare.
Prior to joining AHRQ, Chris was a program manager in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation where she led the HHS effort, supported by the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, to build data capacity for patient-centered outcomes research. Chris has also held senior researcher positions within the Westat Center for Health Information Technology (IT) and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. Preceding her work at Westat and NORC, she led an electronic medical record implementation for five Adventist Healthcare facilities. She also served as Chief Technology Officer and Product Development Executive at the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
In addition to her work in the health and human services sector, Chris has directed large scale IT implementations as well as re-engineering and organization effectiveness efforts for the electric utility industry.