MedStar Health Awarded HHS ONC Funding to Advance Health IT AND Clinical Knowledge at Point of Care
MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is one of two winners nationally to be awarded nearly $2 million of combined funding over two years to accelerate health IT interoperability. Part of the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health IT grant, the work will transform stand-alone Million Hearts risk calculators for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease into tools for clinicians.
Creating a Safer EHR: MedStar Collaborates to Provide Best Practices
A new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and the American Medical Association drafts a framework of recommendations for improvements in the usability and safety of electronic health records (EHRs). The report includes suggested best practices for development and implementation of EHRs.
Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act Did Not Increase Access to Complex Surgeries for Low Income Patients
Researchers from MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center, under senior investigator, Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, found that the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion did not increase use of complex surgical procedures at high volume hospitals for low-income/minority patients. Al- Refaie and his collaborators have proposed a number of concerns that may have an effect on vulnerable populations being able to benefit from complex surgical care at high volume hospitals.
Electronic Health Records Present Unique Usability and Safety Challenges for Pediatric Populations
Raj M. Ratwani, PhD, in collaboration with other researchers, has identified five recommendations to the federal government in developing a certification program for electronic health records that will aid in addressing challenges clinicians face when providing pediatric patient care. The study team hopes that their efforts will improve safer and high-quality care for the pediatric population when relying on electronic health records.