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2004 Changemaker: Russ Coile, Jr., MBA

Mr. Coile, who died of brain cancer in November 2003 at the age of 60, was Editor of Russ Coile’s Health Trends, and a nationally recognized futurist who provided market forecasts and strategic advice to hospitals, medical groups, health plans, and suppliers.


He was the author of 10 books and numerous articles on the future of the health field, including the award-winning "Futurescan" annual environmental trends report sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. His most recent book, Paperless Hospitals: Healthcare in a Digital Age was released by Health Administration Press in 2003. From 1993-2003, his annual “top 10” predictions for the health field were 90% accurate.


Mr. Coile, who was a long-time member of The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors, was the past president of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development of the American Hospital Association, a founding board member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a board member of the Public Health Institute. He was also member of editorial advisory boards, including Managed Care Outlook, Nurse Week, and Healthcare Market Strategist. His columns, “Future Trends” and “Next” were published by the COR Healthcare Market Strategist and Physician Executive magazines.


Mr. Coile held a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. in Health Services Administration from the George Washington University, where he was selected as “Alumni of the Year” for 2002.