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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The MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation partner to eliminate medical errors in hospitals

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States

Columbia, MD The MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety (MIQS) is partnering with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors are quickly becoming a leading cause of death and injury to people across the globe.  Preventable harm is ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States and the fourteenth worldwide.

The mission of the 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.  Although still young, the Institute is already achieving international recognition for its shared leadership model that reflects a genuine partnership between leaders, front line caregivers, patients, and family members. Through this shared leadership model and with six synergistic Centers of Expertise the Institute is improving outcomes and the delivery of care, both within MedStar Health and via strategic partnerships that impact health care across the world.

As a Partner, MIQS will work in alignment with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals:

  1. Spreading the PSMF’s mission and vision to MIQS members and network.
  2. Participating in the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) workgroups and helping to identify subject matter experts to contribute to the development of aligned topics. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    1. Culture of Safety
    2. Falls & Fall Prevention
    3. Patient Safety Curriculum
    4. Person and Family Engagement
  3. Annually disseminating the PSMF’s APSS to MIQS members and network.
  4. Jointly partnering and supporting projects around related patient safety topics of interest (i.e. MIQS’s Six Centers of Expertise)
    1. Center for Open, Honest Communication (i.e. CANDOR)
    2. Center for Engaging Patients as Partners (i.e. PSMF to support ongoing MIQS projects around PFE; MIQS to participate in the PSMF’s PFE workgroup)
    3. International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery (i.e. MIQS to provide the PSMF with annual updates regarding work with the World Patient Blood Management Network)
    4. Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare
    5. Center for Healthcare Narratives (i.e. PSMF to disseminate “Please See Me” narrative to members and network; MIQS to link related patient stories around preventable medical errors)
    6. Center for Integrated Healthcare Learning (i.e. MIQS to participate in the PSMF’s Patient Safety Curriculum workgroup)
  5. Staying in touch regarding upcoming events, educational opportunities and speaking engagements pertaining to either parties. (PSMF’s Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit)

“At the MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety, we understand the power of shared learning,” said David Mayer, MD, Executive Director, MIQS.“We look forward to working closely with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to help eliminate preventable patient deaths together.”

More than 4.8 million people worldwide and 200,000 people in U.S. hospitals die every year in hospitals from errors that could have been prevented. Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer, and cost close to $1.44 trillion in the U.S. alone. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit that is working with all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers such as insurance companies. Their mission and public commitment is to eliminate preventable patient deaths in-hospitals. Their annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit presents specific, actionable solutions to meet patient safety challenges and highlights the hospitals’ commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions and medical technology companies that have pledged to share data. Through the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s network of committed hospitals, they have saved close to 100,000 lives in 2018 alone.

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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 The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 4.8 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit which creates free tools for patients and hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward ZERO preventable deaths. Visit patientsafetymovement.org.

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Center for Healthcare Narratives publishes first issue of online healthcare narratives literary journal, “Please See Me”

The goal: To provide a platform that connects patients and providers as people through the health-related stories that give meaning to our lives—all in the spirit of wellness.

Columbia, MD Please See Me, an online literary journal dedicated to highlighting creative writing and artistic expression through photography and digital media by patients, family members, caregivers, and providers alike was published for the first time by the Center for Healthcare Narratives with support from the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety on March 15th. The founding editor-in-chief of Please See Me, Tracy Granzyk, MS, MFA is a writer, filmmaker and healthcare content developer working to increase awareness around a culture of safety, health equity, and patient engagement through the creative arts.

Inspiration for the journal came from Please See Me, a short, award-winning film co-written and directed by Granzyk for MedStar Health, and that was used by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at their annual Quality Conference in 2016 as the keynote centerpiece to inspire conversations between patients and providers. “The main purpose in founding the literary journal was to create an open space for anyone who touches healthcare to explore their health-related stories and creative abilities without academic constraints,” said Granzyk. “I wanted to create a platform accessible to everyone; a place where patients, family members and providers alike feel welcome to tell their stories together, through poetry, essays, short stories, or visual arts. Please See Me is a place where all can reflect upon the health and healthcare experiences that are such a vital part of contemporary life.”

The journal will publish twice a year with each issue centered on a particular theme related to healthcare. The theme for the first issue is “conversation,” which yielded over 100 submissions. “For the first issue, we chose to focus on anything related to, or surrounding, a conversation between patients and providers, among family members, or even with one’s self,” said Granzyk, “The number of submissions we received confirms the need for this platform, and I was impressed by the high quality of creative content submitted in all genres.” One example is Cat Gwynn, a gifted photojournalist, mindfulness coach, and author whose book, 10-Mile Radius: Reframing Life on the Path Through Cancer, presents her way of coping with a Triple Negative breast cancer diagnosis through mindfulness and photography. Her interview in this issue demonstrates an artistic conversation with the self that inspired her healing. Cat is now 5 years cancer free, and teaches others how to remain in the moment through artistic expression, no matter the challenge – health related or otherwise.

Please See Me is a project supported by the Center for Healthcare Narratives at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. Our second issue will be published in September 2019, and we are taking submissions on the topic of “Pain.” Submissions for Please See Me can be made through the journal’s website via the Submittable platform. For those familiar with literary publications—online or print, think of Please See Me as a cross between the creative environment of Tin House and the healthcare-narrative focus of The Intima. We accept poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, short films, and digital media.

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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 the Center for Healthcare Narratives

The mission of the Center for Healthcare Narratives is to provide a creative and safe space for patients, families and providers to explore their own health-related stories via print, web and film. Our over-arching goal is to inspire a culture of safe, equitable and patient-centered care for all. The Center is both a resource and repository for the creation of healthcare narratives in any format, for any entity. All are welcome to learn more about how to best share their story in the spirit of MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy…in the spirit of compassion and customer service. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org/healthcarenarratives or contact Tracy Granzyk at [email protected].

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.

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Institute Experts Contribute to Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Change Package on Diagnostic Error and the Laboratory Testing Process

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), through the Compass Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN), has released a new change package “Reducing Diagnostic Error-Related to the Laboratory Testing Process.”  MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety leaders including Christine Goeschel, ScD, MPA, MPS, RN, FAAN and David Mayer, MD contributed to the package which is intended to assist hospitals in reducing diagnostic error related to the laboratory testing process through laboratory-driven systems change.  Download the Change Package now at https://www.ihconline.org/compass-hiin/hiin-resources.

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Dr. David Mayer named new CEO of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

During the 7th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, Dr. David Mayer, Executive Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF). PSMF was founded by Joe Kiani, the CEO of medical technology company Masimo, who set a goal to reach zero preventable patient deaths in the U.S. by 2020.

Tina Reed from FierceHealthcare caught up with Dr. Mayer during the summit to discuss his goals for PSMF. Read the full interview here.

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MedStar Health Awarded Grant to Improve Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Treatment

Columbia, MD (December 17, 2018) Diagnosis-related events are the single largest root cause of medical professional liability claims, according to the Coverys report, Dose of Insight: Diagnostic Accuracy – Room for Improvement.  The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) put out a call to action and distributed a request for proposals for projects focused on improving diagnostic accuracy. The Foundation put aside $3 million in funding for approved projects.  Through this process, the Foundation hoped to stimulate projects that demonstrate new approaches and have the greatest potential to produce replicable processes for achieving prompt and accurate diagnosis.

The Foundation received an overwhelming response to the request for proposals and MedStar Health’s proposal, titled “Improving diagnostic accuracy for Hepatitis C with a validated teach/improve model” was one of the 11 grant recipients selected for funding. 

Chronic hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) has been dubbed the ‘silent killer’ due to its largely asymptomatic nature until progression results in noticeable, often irreversible impact on the patient’s health.  The MedStar project seeks to improve accurate and timely diagnosis of HCV and facilitation of comprehensive treatment within the primary care setting.  The work aligns with goals contained in the Maryland Department of Health Hepatitis C Strategic Plan, which includes a 4-pronged approach that encompasses prevention and education, testing, treatment and strengthening the disease surveillance system.

The project will be led by Dr. Christine Goeschel, assistant vice president for quality at MedStar Health and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and Dr. Dawn Fishbein, scientific director, Viral Hepatitis Research, MedStar Health Research Institute.

A list of the 11 grant recipients and their projects can be found here.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.coverys.com.

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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 the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
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.

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Dr. Chris Goeschel Featured in Expert Panel to Combat Diagnostic Error

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority convened a panel of some of the nation’s top experts in the field to discuss how to improve the diagnostic process. Featured on the panel was Dr. Christine Goeschel, Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare. The panel discussed a broad range of topics, including whether the current payment system is structured in a manner that prevents diagnostic error, what influence the fear of malpractice cases has over providers, and how much responsibility is appropriate for patients to assume.  Read more.

MedStar Health Honored for Eliminating Patient Deaths

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation teamed up with the Carter Foundation for the fourth consecutive year in an initiative to eliminate patient deaths and awarded three hospitals based on their commitment to save the most lives. The prize is a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter. This year’s top three hospitals are: 1. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). Saved 225 lives. 2. Parrish Medical Center (Titusville, Fla.). Saved 110 lives. 3. Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City.). Saved 75 lives.  Read more.

MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety Announces Six New Faculty Appointments

Columbia, MD (September 26, 2018) — The MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety is pleased to announce the appointment of six new faculty members. Individuals with faculty appointments join a diverse community of patient safety and healthcare quality advocates and leaders who are developing and implementing programs that advance healthcare quality and ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, their families and healthcare staff.

The six new faculty appointments consist of three core appointments and three associate appointments. Core Faculty make substantial time commitments to advancing the mission of the Institute and represent local, national and international leaders in quality, patient safety, healthcare education, patient advocacy, and policy development. Associate Faculty are employees or credentialed staff affiliated with MedStar Health who are subject matter experts and seasoned practitioners who are advancing their expertise in the areas of healthcare quality and safety. 

The six new Institute faculty members are:

Core Faculty:

  • Bonnie Levin, PharmD, MBA, assistant vice president, Pharmacy Services, MedStar Health
  • Nargiz Muganlinskaya, MD, MMS, FACP, associate program director, MedStar Health Internal Medicine Residency
  • Emilie Murray, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, attending physician and patient safety operations coordinator, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Associate Faculty:

  • Cory Feldman, BS, administrative officer, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Tony Calabria, MA, CPHQ, CSSBB, clinical quality & regulatory programs director, MedStar Health
  • Lynne Karanfil, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC, director for Infection Prevention, MedStar Health

 “Each new faculty member brings to the Institute a unique background, expertise and passion for making health care safer,” said David Mayer, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health. “We are extremely honored to welcome this diverse and accomplished team of faculty to our Institute. As faculty members, they will be able to further enhance their individual knowledge and skill while collaborating with international leaders in the fields of patient safety and clinical quality.”

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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.

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Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning
Phone: 410-772-6796
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