Thursday, February 12, 2015

MHRI Receives AAMC's Prestigious Pioneer Award

I just returned from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges’) Learning Healthcare System research awards kick-off meeting. Besides being a brand new, state-of-the-art building downtown DC across from the convention center (see picture below), it was a very proud moment for MedStar Health and MedStar Health Research Institute. Why?  Because we were awarded the 'Pioneer Research Award' for being a learning health care system.

The Pioneer Research Awards recognize innovations and collaborations among medical care delivery systems and research to create a learning environment. The awards recognize institutions that have implemented innovative, system-wide processes that improve opportunities for research.  It is one of five national awards presented by AAMC. 

MedStar Health Research Institute investigator Kelly M. Smith, PhD, Scientific Director of Quality and Safety Research, submitted her study “Implementation of a Communication and Resolution Program – an Innovative Approach to Creating a Continuously Learning Healthcare System” which evaluates the relationship between a patient and a provider in the wake of preventable harm or medical error.The AAMC felt that this study exemplified how research can intersect with healthcare to improve the entire healthcare system.

This national award will foster ongoing efforts in support of MedStar Health’s High Reliability Organization journey to enhance transparency, patient engagement and patient safety event reporting and catalyze health services and implementation research throughout the health system.

Congratulations to Dr. Smith and her team and thanks for bring MedStar Health to national recognition! 
AAMC's new headquarters at 655 K Street

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