New Toolkit Helps to Improve Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Treatment in the Primary Care Setting

 

MedStar Health has released a toolkit to improve the early diagnosis of hepatitis C and the frequency with which hepatitis C patients are treated in the primary care setting. The toolkit, called A Pragmatic Guide for Primary Care Practitioners: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Hepatitis C Virus includes practical steps health practitioners can follow related to screening, testing, workup, treatment and post-cure to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C. The toolkit was informed by over two years of work with 18 subject matter experts and 38 primary care providers throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The number of reported acute hepatitis C infections have more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2018, and The US Department of Health and Human Services has identified untreated Hepatitis C infection as associated with more deaths than the top 60 reportable diseases combined. It is estimated that only 56% of individuals infected with HCV are aware of their infection[1]. Safe and effective treatments that can cure hepatitis C are now available, but many primary care providers find the integration of new guidelines and processes into practice daunting. The toolkit was developed to support the integration of HCV identification and care in the non-specialist clinic.

The toolkit was developed by the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety and the MedStar Health Research Institute under a grant awarded from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation. Lead authors of the toolkit were Dr. Christine Goeschel, Assistant Vice President, MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety and Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, Dr. Dawn Fishbein, Scientific Director, Viral Hepatitis Research, MedStar Health Research Institute, and Sara Miller, Vice President of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Med-IQ.

For more information or to download A Pragmatic Guide for Primary Care Practitioners: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Hepatitis C Virus visit: www.medstariqs.org/research-programs

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About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org. 

About the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation

The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. provides grant funding and donations to organizations and innovative programs that improve patient care and safety, promote healthy lifestyles, and support individuals and organizations providing healthcare services. The development of the Foundation exemplifies Coverys’ dedication to being an affirmative and active corporate citizen in the healthcare community and the communities in which it operates.

[1] “Awareness of chronic viral hepatitis in the United States: An update from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,” Journal of Viral Hepatitis, May 26, 2019.

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MedStar Health and Med-IQ to Advance Huntington’s Disease Treatment and Care Coordination


COLUMBIA, Md.
– The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety in collaboration with Med-IQ will provide virtual mentorship and education on Huntington’s disease treatment and care coordination to multidisciplinary clinical teams across the United States (US). The 12-month, landmark initiative will use the Project ECHO methodology as the primary delivery platform for the training. Funding for this initiative was provided by an educational grant from Genentech.

Huntington’s disease is a rare, progressive, debilitating, inherited neurologic disorder characterized by choreiform movements, cognitive impairment, and psychiatric symptoms.  Ideally, individuals with Huntington’s disease should receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from physicians, rehabilitation therapists, nurses, mental health professionals, genetic counselors, and social workers. However, providing well-coordinated multidisciplinary care can be challenging for healthcare professionals, particularly when tailoring care for patients who experience worsening symptoms or those with advanced disease. Through this project, MedStar Health and Med-IQ seek to improve Huntington’s disease treatment and care coordination by facilitating monthly telementoring sessions with healthcare professionals from 15 sites across the US.

The project will be led by Dr. Christine Goeschel, assistant vice president, MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety and professor of medicine, Georgetown University and Dr. Karen Anderson, a neuropsychiatrist and director of the Huntington’s Disease Care, Education, and Research Center (HDCERC), a joint program between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center, that aims to provide care for affected individuals and their families. "This type of outreach and education is extremely important,” said Dr. Anderson. “There will never be enough specialists to meet all the care needs in Huntington’s disease, but, if we can find creative ways to partner with clinicians outside of specialty centers, we can expand access to care for many of these families." The HDCERC will serve as the lead coordinating site, working closely with Dr. Martha Nance at Hennepin County Medical Center and Dr. Vicki Wheelock at UC Davis Medical Center.


About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those who take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, frontline caregivers, patients, and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit medstariqs.org.  

Huntington’s Disease Care, Education, and Research Center
The HDCERC is a joint program between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center and is designated as a Huntington Disease Society of America Center of Excellence. It serves people with Huntington’s disease and their family members through a multidisciplinary team including representatives from neuropsychiatry, movement disorders neurology, social work, genetic testing, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. It also has an active clinical trials program, enabling patients to participate in novel potential treatment trials for Huntington’s disease. 

About Med-IQ
Med-IQ is a leading provider of clinical and risk management education, consulting services, and quality improvement solutions, empowering individuals at every level of the healthcare delivery system with the knowledge they need to continuously improve provider performance and patient outcomes. Med-IQ delivers unique educational experiences and services across the country and around the world, is extensively published, and is proud to be one of the most award-winning accredited medical education providers in the US. 

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Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership Program to Offer New Human Factors Engineering Track

 

Columbia, MD  – Georgetown University, in collaboration with the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, has announced the development of a second track for The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership Program focused on human factors engineering and systems safety. The new Human Factors Engineering track, in partnership with MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare will instruct on prominent principles and methods drawn from multiple disciplines like industrial engineering and cognitive psychology, and apply them to real-world patient safety and quality issues and challenges. The development of the second track compliments the existing Quality & Safety track which focuses on healthcare policies, regulation, and economics, along with how leaders are creating and leading sustainable change within healthcare.

“The development of the additional track came after a close review of the existing educational market, and how there are still very few opportunities in this field,” said Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, scientific director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health and faculty in the Executive Master’s program. “As the complexity of healthcare increases with technological advances and information overload-the field of human factors engineering offers practical approaches to evaluate problems, mitigate risk, and improve outcomes.”

The human factors engineering track will be available starting fall 2021. The Georgetown University Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership is an online asynchronous program led by international experts in patient safety, clinical quality and human factors engineering. For more information on the Executive Master’s and to enroll visit: patientsafetymasters.georgetown.edu.

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About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (the Center) is an applied research, usability, safety advisement, and education center committed to the scientific study of how humans think, work, and interact within the healthcare environment.

Located in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 2010 within the MedStar Institute for Innovation and moved to its new organizational home in the MedStar Health Research Institute in July 2020. Working in close collaboration with these teams and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, the Center is the largest human factors program embedded within a U.S. healthcare system. For more information, visit www.medicalhumanfactors.net.

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JAMA Perspectives Article Highlights Safe and Effective Treatment of Severe Anemia Without Blood Transfusion for Patients at Risk of Marginalization

Columbia, MD – Much of the medical literature regarding the care of Jehovah’s Witnesses is written from the perspective of the clinical care team. In a new perspectives article published in the November 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, a case is presented from the perspective of a patient. The article, “No Bad Blood – Surviving Severe Anemia Without Blood Transfusion,” describes the care experience of a patient who was safely and effectively treated for severe anemia without blood transfusion.

The opinion piece is presented from the viewpoint of a non-English speaking patient visiting from another country who had been denied treatment in the past due to her refusal of blood transfusion. Severe anemia is traditionally treated with blood transfusion, sometimes with no diagnosis of the underlying cause of the anemia, exposing patients to potential risks. This article demonstrates that if meticulous evaluation is made to determine the etiology of the anemia, the patient’s wishes can be respected and appropriate, effective treatment can be provided without blood transfusion.

The article states that sometimes treating a patient without blood transfusion can be viewed as “troublesome” or cause an ethical dilemma, as the physician may feel that by complying with the patient’s wishes they are providing suboptimal care. If the physician or care team begins to feel that the patient is troublesome it could lead to an increased risk of marginalization of the patient or poor clinical outcomes. In the past, this has often been the experience of Jehovah’s Witness patients who present to hospitals with severe anemia.

 “When treating a patient who is un-able to receive blood transfusion, we must carefully manage the patient’s needs while balancing our internal and implicit biases regarding blood product administration,” said Kelly Johnson-Arbor, MD, medical director of Hyperbaric Medicine in the MedStar Health Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. “In an effort to provide optimal care for Witness patients, many hospitals have recently established multidisciplinary ‘bloodless medicine and surgery programs.’ What we are finding is that many medical professionals involved with these programs are applying lessons learned from treating this patient population to enhance the care of all patients.”

Dr. Johnson-Arbor is an expert in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and Hyperbaric Medicine, she is an Associate Faculty member at the MedStar Health Institute of Quality and Safety and contributing author to the website of the MedStar Health International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine, medstarbloodless.org. Co-author Richard Verstraete, RN is coordinator of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program and also contributes to articles featured on medstarbloodless.org website.

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About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit medstariqs.org.  

About the MedStar International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine
The mission of the MedStar International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine (MedStar Bloodless) is to improve quality of care and patient safety for Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide by providing free training in the tools and techniques of bloodless medicine and surgery. For more information, visit medstarbloodless.org.

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MedStar Health to Join New Nationwide Initiative to Fight COVID-19 Infection in Nursing Homes

Columbia, MD – The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is joining a nationwide training program to help keep COVID-19 from spreading in area nursing homes and to prepare and equip staff so that they can better protect residents and themselves. This is an essential nationwide initiative in the fight against COVID-19.

The program is part of the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Project ECHO. MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is participating in the Network as an official Training Center for nursing homes.

This program has six goals:

  • Keep the virus from entering nursing homes.
  • Find out early if residents and staff have been infected.
  • Prevent the spread of the virus to staff, residents, and visitors.
  • Provide safe and appropriate care to residents with mild and asymptomatic cases.
  • Ensure staff have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement best-practice safety measures to protect residents and themselves.
  • Reduce social isolation for residents, families, and staff.

To do this, the Network embraces an "all teach, all learn" philosophy in which participants both receive education in best practices from renowned experts and learn from their peers. The MedStar Institute will lead 16 virtual learning sessions with nursing home teams in simultaneous cohorts. Each Network session is designed to be interactive—to hear from nursing home staff about the challenges they are facing and provide practical solutions. During each session, nursing home staff will discuss real cases of front-line problems with both experts and their peers. In this way, staff have a chance to share best practices and learn from their peers while benefiting from the guidance of nursing home and quality improvement experts. Each session will include a brief lecture or lesson paired with case presentations and discussion, followed by a Q&A forum.

"We are thrilled to announce that we have over 100 nursing homes committed to MedStar Health's training center program. We look forward to creating a learning community to share COVID-19 education, best practices and practical solutions with our participating sites that will ultimately improve care quality and safety for residents, staff and visitors," said Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH, research fellow, Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety and director of the training center effort. 

MedStar Health launched its first training cohort on November 10th, 2020.  As a designated training center MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will also provide rapid response mentorship for any nursing home that experiences a sudden increase in COVID-19.

All Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible nursing homes in the area are invited to join this free, voluntary program. The Network will provide a stipend to each facility for successful completion of the program and a certificate of completion for participating individuals. Any questions regarding the network can be sent to [email protected].

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About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 ACTION Network

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) uses improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and healthcare across the world.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world.

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COPIC Medical Foundation Awards Grant to MedStar Health for Resident Training Program in Patient Safety

Columbia, MD –The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety has been awarded a grant by the COPIC Medical Foundation to provide scholarships to resident physicians to attend the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety summer program.

Over the last fifteen years, The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety has brought international leaders in patient safety, quality improvement, human factors, and health science education together with patient advocates and resident physicians to address important patient safety issues. Through the generous support of the COPIC Medical Foundation, full scholarships will be made available to resident physicians practicing in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah to attend a one-week Academy session.

 “This grant will allow us to extend the unique experience of The Academy to nearly 35 resident physicians across 10 states. By educating resident physicians on the principles and strategies of patient safety we are directly improving health care in the communities served by our next generation of physicians which is at the very core of the Foundation’s mission. I am incredibly grateful to the COPIC Medical Foundation and excited to kick-off this summer’s training program,” said David Mayer, MD, executive director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and founder of the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety.

This year’s Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety – COPIC Medical Foundation Resident week will run from Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11 in Breckenridge, Colorado. 

Applications for the scholarships are due March 31st, 2020.

For more information on the COPIC Medical Foundation Resident week, click here.

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About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About the COPIC Medical Foundation

The COPIC Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of the COPIC family of companies. Since it was formed in 1991, the COPIC Medical Foundation has provided more than $9 million to improving patient care and medical outcomes. The idea to create a foundation was championed by Harold “Hal” Williamson, COPIC’s first external non-physician board member. He was passionate about philanthropy and encouraged the COPIC Trust Board of Directors to consider giving back to the Colorado health care community in real and meaningful ways. Sadly, Hal passed away in 2001, but his spirit lives on in what the Foundation has become over the years. Today, its efforts extend across multiple states, and it has impacted the lives of many.

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MedStar Health Awarded Patient Safety Learning Lab Grant from AHRQ to Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

 


Columbia, MD
– The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a $2.5 million grant to MedStar Health for its transdisciplinary research team to design and develop a patient safety learning laboratory that will focus on cardiovascular disease in women.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. and costs nearly a billion dollars a day in annual healthcare costs and lost productivity. Errors in the diagnosis, treatment, and communication of cardiovascular disease disproportionately impact women, as they are nearly twice as likely as men to receive the wrong initial diagnosis following a heart attack. Furthermore, women are 30 percent more likely to have stroke symptoms misdiagnosed in the emergency department. Even when accurately diagnosed, women are less likely to receive timely evidence-based treatments.

Led by researchers from the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab, and MedStar Health Research Institute, the MedStar Health Patient Safety Learning Lab will apply a systems engineering approach to understand the factors contributing to diagnostic error in women with cardiovascular disease and then design and test methods to reduce errors. The Lab will focus on the ambulatory care setting and involve patients, physicians, nurses, and other providers working in partnership with the research team. The overall goal of the project is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of women with cardiovascular disease to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs of care.

The four-year project will be led by Christine A. Goeschel, ScD, RN, assistant vice president, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare and John Yosaitis, MD, medical director, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab. The research team includes providers from the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute and MedStar Medical Group as well as the research team from The Center for Health Design, a non-profit organization based in California.

The grant is part of a larger AHRQ initiative to support the development of innovative learning laboratories where teams work to address significant patient safety-related challenges.

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line caregivers, patients, and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.

 

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MedStar Health Awarded New Contract for Improving Diagnostic Safety from AHRQ

 

Columbia, MD – MedStar Health has been awarded a contract by the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support AHRQ in developing additional capacity related to understanding and improving diagnostic safety. In addition to providing program support, MedStar Health will partner with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, to develop novel resources, tools and programs aimed at reducing diagnostic errors and related patient harm.  The project will be led by Dr. Christine A. Goeschel, assistant vice president, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare and Dr. Hardeep Singh, chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program at the Houston VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety and professor of Medicine at Baylor.

“The National Academy of Medicine’s 2015 report, ‘Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare’ brought to light the stark reality that most of us will experience at least one diagnostic error in our lifetime, often with devastating consequences,” said Dr. Goeschel. “The report made several action-oriented recommendations to mitigate this risk. The creation of the MedStar Center for Improving Diagnosis is a testament to the organizational commitment to address this challenge. We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to support AHRQ’s longstanding efforts in diagnostic improvement and to work side by side with Dr. Singh and his colleagues in doing so.”

Drs. Goeschel and Singh will engage subject matter experts from across the country to help develop new approaches and resources aimed at improving diagnostic safety.  Select resources will include a TeamSTEPPS® module to enhance communication among providers related to diagnosis, a resource to engage patients and families in the diagnostic process and programs to guide clinicians and frontline quality and safety professionals in their diagnostic improvement efforts. The team, working closely with AHRQ, will rapidly synthesize, summarize and disseminate the results of their work.

“Over the past decade, key lessons from multidisciplinary research have emerged and informed next steps to reduce preventable harm. It is now time to translate this evidence to impact clinical practice and improve patient care, which makes this partnership very exciting,” said Dr. Singh, who also leads the Diagnosis Improvement Safety Center (DISCovery) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. “This type of work can help lead us from a ‘Bronze Age’ of rudimentary tool development to a ‘Golden Era’ of patient safety improvement.”

The contract will be administered by the MedStar Health Research Institute in partnership with the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and the Baylor College of Medicine. The MedStar Health diversified healthcare delivery system will provide an environment for researchers to work side by side with providers, patients, and administrators to understand real-world diagnostic challenges, and then work collaboratively improve diagnostic processes and outcomes.

Dr. Goeschel is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was founder and first executive for the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and was the Michigan principal investigator on groundbreaking research to reduce bloodstream infections in intensive care units. A quality and patient safety researcher, she has led large-scale, national and international quality improvement projects.  Dr. Goeschel has served on the board of directors of the Maryland Patient Safety Center and was a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee that released the seminal report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care in 2015.

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

 

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MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety to Host 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture

 

Columbia, MD — MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will host the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 2 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” which was issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and resulted in increased awareness of U.S. medical errors and a need for improved patient safety.

MedStar Franklin Square Crouse Lecture Dec. 12, 2017The panelists, three health policy and patient safety experts will provide a wide-ranging discussion on where we are today regarding patient safety. The panelists include: Lucian Leape, MD, adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Martin “Marty” J. Hatlie, JD, co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and President & CEO of Project Patient Care.

“The report, ‘To Err is Human’ was groundbreaking in that it brought the issues of medical error to the forefront of national concern.” says Dr. David Mayer, executive director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. “While we have come a long way in the last twenty years, we still have over 200,000 deaths a year in the U.S. due to unintentional but preventable hospital errors which is unacceptable. Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, so I look forward to interactive discussions on this important topic with our esteemed panelists.”

Patient safety is a key initiative of MedStar Health and its mission to becoming a High Reliability Organization (HRO), which focuses on the elimination of preventable medical errors. HROs develop a culture in which staff feel empowered to identify safety or quality problems before harm occurs.

Panelist Biographies

  • Lucian Leape, MD, is adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a health policy analyst whose groundbreaking research has focused on patient safety and the quality of care. He is internationally recognized as the leader of the patient safety movement, beginning with the publication of his seminal article “Error in Medicine” in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1994.
  • Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, serves as the Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to her current position, she served as the deputy undersecretary for Health for Organizational Excellence overseeing veterans’ health administration, as well as 10 years as the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2018, Dr. Clancy was named, by Modern Healthcare magazine, as one of 2018’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.
  • Martin “Marty” J. Hatlie, JD, is co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. He also is CEO, Project Patient Care (PPC), a nonprofit organization that serves as the Chicago region’s safety and quality improvement coalition and is dedicated to using the voice of the patient to improve care. Mr. Hatlie also is the owner of Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps®), which developed the acclaimed First Do No Harm® video series, now distributed in more than 40 countries.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, 9000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore. Kotzen Auditorium. Parking is available across the street in visitor lots.
  • To register to attend the event click here
  • To stream the event online, click here

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.

 

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Dr. Christine Goeschel appointed to National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

Columbia, MD  –Christine A. Goeschel, Sc.D., R.N., FAAN, assistant vice president, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare was appointed to The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The council provides advice and recommendations to AHRQ's director and to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on priorities for a national health services research agenda. The panel is comprised of private sector experts and ex-officio members from other federal health agencies. Private-sector members are appointed by the Secretary, HHS, to serve 3-year terms.

Dr. Goeschel is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was founder and first executive for the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and was the Michigan principal investigator on groundbreaking research to reduce bloodstream infections in intensive care units. A quality and patient safety researcher, she has led large scale, national and international quality improvement projects.  Dr. Goeschel has served on the board of directors of the Maryland Patient Safety Center and was a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s panel that released the seminal report Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare in 2015.

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

About Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's healthcare system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

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Katie Carlin
Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning
Phone: 410-772-6796
[email protected]