Richard Kajim, a proponent of healthcare innovation, has focused his career on developing advanced telemedicine strategies and implementing effective digital health programs.
Across his roles, Richard has assisted healthcare executives, consultants, medical professionals, and entrepreneurs in developing and implementing nimble, patient-driven telehealth strategies through careful identification of consumers’ needs and behaviors.
Richard recognizes that the rapidly changing healthcare environment calls for an agile transformation of care delivery and believes that external forces such as legislative changes, market shifts, and the rise in disruptive technology should calibrate the speed at which healthcare organizations embrace and adopt innovation as part of the business model.
Previously, Richard worked under the Office of the Secretary within the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. In his role as Telehealth Planner, Richard supported the state’s efforts to increase the use of telehealth through education and outreach. Richard also conceptualized models that drove adoption of telemedicine, mobile health, remote patient monitoring, and digital health.
One of his major achievements is his co-authorship of a business case for an Opioid Dependency via Medication Assisted Treatment through Telemedicine program that led to changes in State medical regulations.
Kajim also presented findings to regional healthcare executives on mobile health, correctional telemedicine, tele-cardiology, emergency room applications, gerontology, and behavioral health.
Prior to his role within the Delaware Valley Region, Richard worked as an eHealth Consultant at the World Health Organization, the Region of the Americas in Washington, D.C. During his time at WHO, Richard supported the Regional Advisor on Digital Health and Knowledge Management on matters related to telemedicine, mHealth, and digital literacy for public health within the Pan American Region.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Healthcare Management from Howard University. He also serves on Howard University’s Advisory Board for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Richard presently serves as a Review Board Member for Telehealth and Medicine Today, an open access, peer-reviewed journal delivering information on the cost efficiency of value-based care.
In honor and recognition of his significant contributions to the healthcare community and accomplishments that have brought credit to the Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Richard was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
In addition to his membership within the American College of Health Executives, Richard is an active Delaware Valley Chapter member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), a national non-profit association founded to promote the advancement and development of African American and Minority healthcare leaders focused on elevating the quality of care rendered to minority and underserved communities.
In 2017, Richard’s peers in Greater Philadelphia recognized his efforts in driving healthcare Innovation, mobile health, and telemedicine as means to improve quality of life for all citizens. As a result, he was awarded the 2017 NAHSE – DVC President’s Award.