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DataLocus – Situationally Aware Patient Care

Patient care teams are faced with high information and task loads, where errors and omissions can lead to serious consequences. Analyses of patient care errors and near misses frequently cite a lack of situational awareness, communications, and/or shared mental modeling as the most common sources of errors. The DataLocus project aims to decrease these failures by providing coordinated facilitating technologies to improve ...more »

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Transforming Health Care by Eliminating Fatal Hospital-Associated Blood Clots Through Technology

We plan to transform health care by decreasing hospital readmissions and improving quality through the eventual elimination of preventable deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVTs - blood clots in the leg veins - can travel to the lungs and cause fatal pulmonary embolisms (PE). Preventable DVT/PEs are a leading cause of hospital deaths and readmissions. In collaboration with our partners, the Society of Hospital Medicine, ...more »

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SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY TO LEVEL THE HOSPITAL SAFETY PLAYING FIELD

The landmark report, To Err is Human, estimated that as many as 270 patients die per day as a result of errors in patient care. Since then, the rate of medical errors has not declined and studies suggest it may have increased. Many of these errors result from poor communication across care teams. Traditionally, team training occurs on the job. While many academic medical centers employ sophisticated and expensive simulation ...more »

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Using Positive Psychology to PROPEL Patient Safety in hospitals

The Maryland Patient Safety Center is designing a patient safety certification program. The initiative will train Patient Safety Officers in the technical aspects of patient safety. This proposal seeks funding to also design/deliver a program to provide organizational transformation skills. The aim is for hospitals to have a PSO who knows what's needed to keep patients safe and has the expertise to motivate staff to consistently ...more »

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Creating a social epidemic of safety

Did you know the safest part of your visit to the hospital is your drive? Conservative estimates suggest 98k patients die annually in hospitals across the country from preventable error. We will change this by showing that safe care is contagious. Patient safety is fundamentally tied to the culture of the clinical staff. Changing culture involves not just implementing best practices, but correctly targeting the influencers ...more »

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Simple patient-activated tool saves lives, cuts costs & improves patient satisfaction

The hospital patient’s care invariably suffers from gaps and glitches during hand-offs, shift changes, etc. The one constant is the patient (and/or advocate). But patients are not systematically equipped as “connectors” through care transitions. A per-patient, multi-functional turnkey intervention can empower them to help in this role...while being happier and safer in the process. The Patient Pod is a multi-tool ...more »

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Bringing Diagnostic Error Into the Light

Diagnostic errors are just rare enough that no one knows they happen, and just common enough to be responsible for 40,000-80,000 deaths every year in the US. Diagnostic error reflects the largest unaddressed problem in healthcare today, despite the fact that almost all are preventable. We can fix that! Help us… o Develop dashboards for doctors, hospitals, and professional societies on error prevention practices ...more »

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