Karen Zimmer

Executive Medical Consultant


Dr. Zimmer currently consults in the area of Health Information Technology (HIT), Patient Safety and Quality. She has over 25 years of combined healthcare, patient safety and quality experience. She works with non-profit organizations, health systems, government agencies, technology vendors, and start up Health IT companies. 

She was formerly the Medical Director for both the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and the Patient Safety, Risk and Quality Group, where she provided overall clinical direction, supervised analytics, developed tools and disseminated strategies and solutions. She designed an event management analysis database and was integral in the development of the ECRI Institute PSO, which serves healthcare facilities and systems nationwide. Her past work extends from implementing IT and QI programs at Johns Hopkins Hospital to leading government-sponsored HIT collaboratives at ECRI.

Dr. Zimmer is also an expert in evaluation processes as she designed and studied a formal educational evaluation for pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins, where she held the rank of adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Earlier in her career, she was involved in policy on the Clinton Health Care Task Force.  She currently is an active member of the medical staff at Nemours of Alfred I, DuPont Hospital for Children, an Associate Professor in Department of Pediatrics at Jefferson University, and an instructor at the Jefferson College of Population Health.

She currently co-chairs the Practice Improvement Committee for Society of Diagnostic Error and is a member of the AAMI HIT Committee on Risk and Usability Standards.  She was a member of NQF Committee: HIT Patient Safety Measures Expert Panel. Locally, she is a trustee of The Franklin Institute Science Center, and is on the Leadership Council for the Jefferson Health System.

Dr. Zimmer received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed her Pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Following her training, she completed both a General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship and Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  She is also certified in Clinical Informatics.