Dr. Donald Rucker

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Donald Rucker is the Chief Strategy Officer of 1upHealth. As National Coordinator of Health IT at The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2017 to 2021, Dr. Rucker led the writing of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability Rule, which enabled the modern healthcare app economy by requiring EHRs to have standardized FHIR APIs and provided patients with secure actionable electronic access to their data by implementing the Congressional prohibition of “information blocking.”

A board-certified physician with broad clinical experience including time at Kaiser Permanente, Beth Israel Deaconess, and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rucker is a physician leader with national clinical informatics success. With a strong scientific, computational, and practical background in medical computing and decision sciences, he is the co-developer of the first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record in the world. Additionally, he designed the computerized physician order entry module that won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award as the best hospital computer system in the US. He holds a BA from Harvard, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MS in Medical Computer Science from Stanford.

Fun Fact

Don loves swimming and has swum over 5,000 miles since the start of med school – not as many as Forrest Gump though!


Success in computing is a relentless search to understand the interplay of details in software.