Yesterday's investigators' retreat brought together about 40 people from across the system who share this interest. During the introductions, I was impressed with the breadth and depth of experience we have at MedStar. Kelly Smith, PhD, the scientific director of safety and quality led the morning session (pictured below) that shared information on 'why now' is a great time for health service research, what is happening in the field nationally, what are the resources available at MedStar to support this effort and tips from those who have been successful. Katie Carlin shared an inspirational video by Microsoft on their vision of the future of healthcare ( http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g9KE9c6nkJc ).
We were also fortunate to have a guest speaker (Regina Greer-Smith) from the PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) advisory panel. PCORI is the new federally funded institute created with the affordable care act that will fund outcomes research.
The afternoon was used for the attendees to break into smaller work groups to start formulating project ideas and grant opportunities.