April 25, 2008
In memoriam: Jerome H. Grossman, MD

Jerome H. Grossman, MD, an expert in health care policy who in the 1970s helped the MGH pioneer the use of automated medical records, died April 1. He was 68 years old.

At the MGH from 1966 to 1979, Grossman served in a number of positions on the medical staff. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the MGH, eventually becoming the director of Ambulatory Care in 1974. While at the hospital, he helped pioneer the standardization and digitization of patient medical records, leading the MGH's effort to become the first hospital in the world to rely on an automated records system — the precursor of today's electronic medical record and Longitudinal Medical Record systems.

After leaving the MGH in 1979, Grossman went on to lead New England Medical Center — now Tufts Medical Center — for 16 years. A recognized expert in health policy analysis, he also directed the Health Care Delivery Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition, he served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1994 to 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; their three daughters, Amelia, Elizabeth and Kate; and his brother, Sy.

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