Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Protecting Future Patients through Research

Recently in Focus, we highlighted a project from A. Zach Hettinger, MD, MS, Medical Director and Director of Cognitive Informatics at MedStar Institute for Innovation (Mi2). The work was funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 
Much like the airline industry uses HRO as a safety net, “Context is Critical: Understanding When and Why EHR-Related Safety” will test the feasibility of using a black box methodology tied to EHRs. The official public profile has gone live on the AHRQ website!
This research has great potential for future patients, as it hopes to create evidence-based recommendations for safer EHR design that may be useful to all stakeholders, including healthcare teams. Congratulations to the research team and I look forward to seeing the results of this great work!
Airline black boxes are actually orange! Image from How Stuff Works

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