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David Lobach, MD, PhD, MS, FACMI
CDSiC Senior Leadership
CDSiC Innovation Center Planning Committee
Co-Lead CDSiC Implementation, Adoption, and Scaling Workgroup

Elimu Informatics

David Lobach, MD, PhD, MS, FACMI, Vice President of Health Informatics Research at Elimu Informatics, is a Co-Investigator of the CDSiC Project. Lobach is a nationally recognized medical informatician specializing in clinical decision support and population health with 30 years of experience designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating applied information systems that enable innovative new approaches to healthcare delivery. He has developed production systems that have supported population health management for chronic disease and preventive services, optimization of resource utilization, evidence-based pharmacotherapy, information-enhanced care transitions, and direct electronic collection of data from patients and providers. To overcome limitations of legacy decision support systems that were not portable or scalable because the knowledge base was tightly coupled to the decision support application, he developed decision support tools that were more flexible and, along with colleagues, ultimately demonstrated the first published implementation using web services for decision support. This technology was the foundation of the OpenCDS consortium ( that went on to develop HL7 standards for web service-based decision support at a national and international level. 

Dr. Lobach is also an Associate Consulting Professor on the faculty of the Duke University School of Medicine. In his 25 years as full-time Duke faculty, he served for 12 years as the Chief of the Division Clinical Informatics. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has contributed to the national roadmap for clinical decision support and to defining the meaningful use of clinical decision support through federally sponsored workshops and think tanks. He was the principal investigator on an Evidence-based Practice Center report on the status of clinical decision support systems sponsored by AHRQ in 2012. Dr. Lobach served as the primary clinical informatics advisor for the Southern Piedmont Beacon Community from 2011 to 2013. He was elected to fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics in 2004. 

In addition to his work in clinical informatics, Lobach is a board-certified endocrinologist with 30 years of clinical practice experience. He currently serves as the endocrinology consultant for the Duke Family Medicine program, where he sees patients in a primary care practice setting. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and was elected by his peers for several years running to the Referral List for Best Doctors, Inc.