health policy, public health.


Some details about me.

I write and speak on healthcare, with a focus on health policy issues involving markets, choice, and innovation.

Early in my career I was a healthcare research specialist for a large consulting firm, working on client projects and writing white papers on technology and legislation. I also wrote articles that appeared in such publications as Baseline Magazine, hfm Magazine, KevinMD, ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals, and did media interviews for such publications as Healthcare Informatics, Health Data Management, FierceHealthIT, Becker's Hospital Review, and elsewhere.

In recent years I've become involved in academia through various forms of research, teaching, and advising. For the current academic year, I am serving on the faculty as a capstone adviser in the graduate program in public health at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). I have also served as a teaching assistant for numerous graduate-level courses at TDI and the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth on health policy, inferential methods, and healthcare management.

Additionally, I enjoy collaborating with policy institutes and advocacy organizations with whom I have shared values and interests. I believe strongly that the best way to bring about a world in which everyone can thrive is to cultivate a free society with free markets, and that advocates of this perspective have an enormous amount of work to do to develop and communicate these ideas effectively. If you would like to work together, please get in touch.


The Healthcare Openness and Access Project

Darcy Bryan, Jared Rhoads, Robert Graboyes

The Healthcare Openness and Access Project (HOAP) is a set of tools providing state-by-state measures of the flexibility and discretion that patients and providers have in managing health and health care. In other words, how open are each state's laws and regulations to institutional variation in the delivery of care, and how much access to varying modes of care does this confer on the state's patients and providers? More…

The Mercatus Center

Research Report

December 2016


Our Parents, Ourselves: Healthcare for an Aging Population

Julie Bynum, Ellen Meara, Chiang-Hua Chang, Jared Rhoads

This edition of the Dartmouth Atlas examines health care for older Americans with an emphasis on the patient's perspective. For the first time, we measure the intensity of care in terms of how many days per year the average Medicare beneficiary is in contact with the health care system. We can see that beneficiaries in some regions see twice as many unique clinicians for ambulatory care than in others. We also can see in which regions beneficiaries are more likely than not to have a primary care physician as their predominant provider of care. More…

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Research Report

February 2016


Calvin Coolidge's Speech to American Doctors: Praising Medicine and Venerating Reason

Jared Rhoads

As we hit the 90-year mark on Coolidge's fine speech, much is still relevant in his words. We can be thankful that medical progress has continued to make our lives better. We can also appreciate the underlying science that makes it possible. But perhaps most vital to this progress, we can heed his advice about the power of reason, and keep our minds simultaneously open and focused on what is true. If Americans can manage that, then our "constant advancement," in Coolidge's phrase, will continue. More…

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

Short Article

May 2017


Review of the book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by John Goodman

Jared Rhoads

Who broke the American health-care system? According to Goodman, politicians from both political parties are responsible for the mess, having failed to understand the importance of prices.... Priceless is an extremely valuable book on health policy that will help readers understanding why and in what ways current health care-related regulations wreak havoc on the healthcare economy—and how activists can work toward a freer market. More…

The Objective Standard

Book Review

Summer 2013


Insurance Not Accepted: The Direct Primary Care Model

Jared Rhoads

Direct primary care and its close relative concierge medicine are increasingly common in the U.S. as physicians look for ways to reconnect with their patients, set their own prices, and escape onerous regulations. Recent estimates put the number of American physicians practicing under this model around six percent, with an additional two to three percent reporting that they are considering a switch within the next few years. More…

The Benjamin Rush Institute

Short Article

November 2014


The PAVE Project

Jared Rhoads

The Philosophically Appropriate Vaccine Encouragement (PAVE) Project hypothesizes that for vaccine refusers whose personal views tend toward limited government and an individualist code of ethics, public health communication should be developed with market-oriented ideas, values, and role models. This project seeks to validate that hypothesis through primary research, and if true, then produce and promote the new approach. More…

The PAVE Project


Seeking funding


Touchscreen Check-In: Kiosks Speed Hospital Registration

Jared Rhoads, Erica Drazen

Patient self-service kiosks are being used with growing frequency in hospital ambulatory settings and emergency departments. These interactive computer stations, which come in a variety of designs, perform self-service tasks such as patient check-in, collection of copayments, and wayfinding. This report discusses the types of kiosks, their capabilities, and best practices in selecting and using them. More…

California Healthcare Foundation

Research Report

March 2009

Selected Work

Assorted writings and projects.

Research Reports

Darcy N. Bryan, Jared M. Rhoads, and Robert F. Graboyes, "Healthcare Openness and Access Project: Mapping the Frontier for the Next Generation of American Health Care" The Mercatus Center. December 1, 2016

Bynum, J., Meara, E., Chang, CH., Rhoads, J., "Our Parents, Ourselves: Healthcare for an Aging Population. A Report of the Dartmouth Atlas Project" The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, February 2016

Jared Rhoads and Erica Drazen, "Using Tracking Tools to Improve Patient Flow in Hospitals" California Healthcare Foundation, April 2011

Jared Rhoads and Erica Drazen, "Touchscreen Check-In: Kiosks Speed Hospital Registration" California Healthcare Foundation, March 2009

Fran Turisco and Jared Rhoads, "Equipped for Efficiency: Improving Nursing Care Through Technology" California Healthcare Foundation, December 2008

Keith MacDonald, Erica Drazen, and Jared Rhoads, "When I'm 64: How Boomers Will Change Health Care" American Hospital Association, May 2007

Academic Publications

Braga M., Tyler M., Rhoads J., Cacchio M., Auerbach M., Nishisaki A., Larson R., "The effect of just-in-time simulation training on provider performance and patient outcomes for clinical procedures: a systematic review" BMJ STEL, October 2015

Short Articles

Calvin Coolidge's Speech to American Doctors: Praising Medicine and Venerating Reason. Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. May 17, 2017

Insurance Not Accepted: The Direct Primary Care Model. Benjamin Rush Institute. November 11, 2014

The Medical Context of Calvin Jr.'s Untimely Death Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Blog. July 7, 2014

New Essay by John David Lewis: "There is No 'Right' to Healthcare" The Objective Standard. September 4, 2013

Cyber-Criminals Target Health Care Information. Baseline Magazine. March 27, 2013

For True Cybersecurity, Go Beyond the Risk Assessment. Electronic Health Reporter. January 21, 2013

Security Risk Assessments in Five Steps. Baseline Magazine. May 16, 2012

Fact-checking Mitt Romney on the Massachusetts individual mandate. The Daily Caller. January 28, 2012

What we can learn from failures like the CLASS Act. American Thinker. October 20, 2011

New HIPAA rules won't enhance privacy, but they will burden physicians. KevinMD. September 11, 2011

Physician Quality Reporting: The Hidden Requirements of Meaningful Use. iHealthBeat. March 10, 2011, with Jane Metzger

Technology Cornerstones to Support Tomorrow's Healthcare. Health News Digest. March 2010

Implementing EHRs, What Can the U.S. Learn from Europe. ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. September 2009, with Fran Turisco

Personal Health Records: Prospects and Challenges for Health Plans. AHIP Coverage. January-February 2007, with Jane Metzger


Books About Healthcare: Brief Book Reviews and Recommendations from a Secular, Pro-Market Perspective by Jared Rhoads, May 2014 [45 pages]

Health Policy Matters: Brief Commentaries on Issues in U.S. Healthcare, 2005-2012 by Jared Rhoads, December 2012 [79 pages]

Book Reviews

Review of the book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by J. Goodman (The Objective Standard) Summer 2013

Review of the book Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America, by Turner, et al. (The Objective Standard) Summer 2011


Get in touch with me.


Lebanon, NH


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