Matthew Germak is a primary care doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a fellow in quality and patient safety at Harvard Medical School.
Matt first caught the attention of the OpenNotes team when an essay he authored at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was shared with Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker. In the paper, Matt outlined a future where patients will be invited to contribute to their medical records. Little did he know, plans were underway to study that very idea. Matt now leads the development and implementation of a multi-institution OurNotes pilot, studying the effects of inviting patients to co-produce notes.
After receiving his medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School, Matt completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, where he was Clinic Chief Resident and also supported clinicians throughout a new electronic health record implementation. Matt is currently pursuing a CRICO Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality, as well as a Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
In addition to seeing patients, Matt’s operational and research interests focus on quality improvement in the primary care/ambulatory delivery space at the local practice and system-wide levels. He currently is engaged in projects exploring practice-level risk assessment, patient safety, value-based care delivery models, and disruptive innovation in healthcare.