Thursday, May 16, 2013

Health Services Research Investigators' Retreat

Health Services Research is research on the delivery of care. It spans interests from patient safety, quality, telehealth, healthcare acquired infections, cost effectiveness, outcomes and more.

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 ).

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. 

If you have an interest in health services research, we can add you to our list serve and active working groups. Just email your interest to

1 comment:

  1. WOW!! Is all I can say about where and how technology is taking us into the future. Dr. Weissman, thank you for sharing the information from the Health Services Research Investigators' Retreat! I was able to check out the site that was mentioned within the notes, and I can see that the world as we know it now is quickly making a turn and it is about to make a change that is so tremendous that I can not even wrap my mind around it! We need to better prepare our children to think big and believe in their dreams! I know that the mind is very powerful!!!