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​Robert M. Crane is a consultant on health care organization and financing, and served as a senior advisor to Kaiser Permanente following his retirement in 2008. He is chairman emeritus at Archimedes, Inc. and also serves as chairman of the ECRI Institute Audit Committee.

Crane had a 25-year career as a senior executive and officer of Kaiser Permanente. He oversaw many of Kaiser’s national functions including quality management, government relations, interregional services, national accounts and public relations, research and policy development, and consulting and business services. He also served as: senior vice president and chief administrative officer, interim group senior vice president overseeing three operating divisions; president, Kaiser Permanente International, and founding director of the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy.

Crane worked for the New York State Department of Health where he served as deputy commissioner and director of the Office of Health Systems Management. Crane has executive and legislative branch experience at the federal level, including working on the professional staff of the US House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Health and the Environment and the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.

Crane was a senior executive fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1981. He holds a master's degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management/Sloan Institute of Hospital Administration at Cornell University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the College of Wooster.