AHRQ to Fund Patient Safety Learning Laboratories | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AHRQ to Fund Patient Safety Learning Laboratories

January 19, 2018
by David Raths
| Reprints
Up to eight teams will identify threats to diagnostic or treatment efforts associated with a high burden of harm and cost

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) plans to spend up to $5 million in fiscal 2018 to support as many as eight patient safety learning laboratories, where cross-disciplinary teams identify threats to diagnostic or treatment efforts associated with a high burden of harm and cost.

AHRQ’s request for grant applications notes that although advances that have been made in infection control, medication safety, health information technology, teamwork and safety culture, “no one is completely satisfied with the extent of progress. As fine as the achievements have been, they are not the norm. Much of the progress has occurred at well-resourced and culturally receptive institutions. Further efforts are needed for improvements to be more widespread and better integrated into the fabric and structure of clinical work nationwide.”

AHRQ expects the learning laboratories will be able to stretch professional boundaries, envision innovative designs, and take advantage of brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that other leading industries employ.  “Promising prototypes undergo further develop-test-revise iterations, and subsequent integration as a working system,” according to its request for applications. “After further improvements are made to the integrated working system, its efficacy is evaluated in a realistic simulated or clinical setting.”

In addition to long-recognized patient safety issues, AHRQ also said it is interested in grant applications that address the diagnostic as well as the treatment sides of medicine.

To provide some rudimentary structure to the design and development projects to be undertaken, AHRQ is requiring the labs use a methodology (problem analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation) that is a simplification of the successive phases that larger-scale systems engineering projects entail.  

Applications are due by March 26, 2018. Application budgets are limited to $625,000 total costs (including direct and indirect costs) in any given year.

 

 

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.

Report: Healthcare Accounted for 45% of All Ransomware Attacks in 2017

Healthcare fell victim to more ransomware attacks than any other industry in 2017, according to a new report from global cybersecurity insurance company Beazley.

Study: Use of EHRs Does Not Reduce Administrative Costs

A recent study by Duke University and Harvard Business School researchers found that costs for processing a single bill ranged from $20 for a primary care visit to $215 for an inpatient surgical procedure, or up to 25 percent of revenue.

Kibbe to Step Down as CEO of DirectTrust

David Kibbe, M.D., M.B.A., announced he would step down as president and CEO of DirectTrust at the end of the year.