Richard Kraatche, MD
Founding Program Director
Dignity Health
Richard Kratche, MD, FAAFP is the Founding Program Director of the Dignity Health Family Medicine Residency Program - Mercy Gilbert in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Kratche has had a long medical career that includes twenty years at the Cleveland Clinic where he served in a variety of leadership roles and five years at Iora Health where he served as Medical Director, AZ. He has a rich history of involvement in medical education but is a new-comer to interprofessional education and practice. He is co-PI on a joint Dignity Health-ASU grant to design and evaluate the primary care CLE of the future.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The U.S. Health System is under immense stress given the global events of the COVID-19 pandemic, aging populations with increased chronic disease burden and increasing levels of health disparities in vulnerable populations. These events have highlighted the importance of primary care in our society, now more than ever. Yet, national trends continue to demonstrate fewer healthcare professions students entering into primary care fields. Through a dynamic partnership with a large health system and a public university, an interdisciplinary research team have developed a unique process of…
Despite many positive benefits, electronic health records (EHRs) are a major source of stress and dissatisfaction for providers and team members. In our ongoing project to transform primary care, we sought to identify priorities for optimizing interprofessional primary care. The top-rated choices from team members all involved optimizing the EHR. We developed a multi-faceted approach to understand how the EHR could be optimized for improved teaming and efficiency. This approach included focus group interviews, discussions with EHR experts and a modified Delphi survey to determine priorities…