MedStar Health Awarded an R01 from AHRQ to Apply Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Improve Patient Safety Event Reporting and Analysis

Hyattsville, MD — MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare will be developing computational algorithms and software tools to make the reporting and analysis of patient safety event reports easier in order to improve patient safety. This work is funded through an R01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The four-year, $1.5 million award is led by principal investigator Raj Ratwani, PhD, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, MedStar Health Research Institute and Director, MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare.

The research will focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to classify medication related safety event reports into actionable medication error categories and creating prototype software that will help safety analysts more easily identify meaningful safety patterns. The team will pilot test the software with safety analysts from hospitals and patient safety organizations.

“Our goal is to apply powerful computational approaches and intuitively designed software tools to tens of thousands of patients safety event reports to make healthcare safer for all patients,” said Dr. Ratwani. “Through this grant we will have the opportunity to make it easier to report on safety hazards and easier to analyze those reports so patterns can be identified and effective interventions can be developed to reduce risks to patients.”

The multi-disciplinary research team has experience in computer science, safety science, user-centered design, and human factors. As part of the academic healthcare system approach at MedStar Health, the team will be collaborating with the computer science department at Georgetown University. In addition, two patient safety organizations are part of the team to support data analysis and software tool development and testing.

This work builds on previous efforts of Dr. Ratwani and the Center, including a past AHRQ R03, and an R01 from the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with Virginia Tech. Awarded in 2019, the R01 work is focused on developing novel statistical methods to analyze unstructured text in patient safety event reports and to identify temporal trends and patterns in the data. Additionally, this work builds on the Center’s contract with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority to conduct clinical analysis of safety reports.

R01 awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are among the most prestigious grant mechanisms. The Center has been awarded 6 multi-year R01 awards, which are all focused on improving patient safety.

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About MedStar Human Factors
The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare occupies a unique position in the United States as the largest human factors program embedded within a healthcare system. It brings together human factors scientists, systems safety engineers, health services researchers, clinicians, and other experts to create a safer and more efficient healthcare environment through four core services in research, usability, safety advisement, and education. The Center is part of the MedStar Health Research Institute and is also affiliated with the MedStar Institute for Innovation and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. MedStar Health, the parent organization, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region, with 10 hospitals and an extensive ambulatory services network, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University.

About MedStar Health Research Institute
MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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 Grant to Implement and Evaluate Innovative Sepsis Clinical Decision Support

Through the Diagnostic Quality Improvement Seed Grant Program from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, the MedStar Health research team will leverage existing electronic health data to help patient outcomes in cases of sepsis.

Hyattsville, MD — MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare was one of 17 organizations awarded a grant by The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) as part of its Diagnostic Quality Improvement (DxQI) Seed Grant Program to improve the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of diagnoses. SIDM awarded MedStar Health $50,000 to support testing an intervention designed to improve diagnosis of sepsis of patients within our healthcare system.

MedStar Health will use this grant to address sepsis, the most common cause of in-hospital death and the most expensive in-patient cost. Many septic patients are not diagnosed at an early stage when aggressive treatment has the potential to reverse the course of infection. Led by principal investigator Kristen Miller, DrPH, MSPH, CPPS, Scientific Director MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, the program will launch and evaluate a new sepsis-specific clinical decision support tool that uses a validated sepsis staging model to provide earlier and more accurate characterization of sepsis patients. The research will leverage existing electronic health record data in a meaningful way, while reducing clinical burden and supporting improved workflow with a user-centered design approach with enhanced visual displays.

Inaccurate and delayed diagnoses are the most common, catastrophic, and costly of medical errors according to previous research. It is estimated that 12 million adults in the United States experience a diagnostic error every year in outpatient settings alone, and diagnosis failures result in as many as 80,000 premature deaths every year in U.S. hospitals.

 “We are eager to work towards improving diagnosis of sepsis,” said Dr. Miller. “Diagnostic error is a significant problem that the healthcare community needs to address, specifically diagnosis of sepsis which continues to increase annually despite increased awareness. We are proud to be part of a cohort developing specific strategies to improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. This is just one of many continuing efforts to improve patient care at MedStar Health.”

This research will build on the previous work by the Center, focused on more effectively displaying clinical data to clinicians within the electronic health record to improve sepsis diagnosis. This early work, funded through a R01 from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed graphical model displays of two popular sepsis scoring systems.

The SIDM DxQI program is unique. Grantees will identify and implement small, practical tests of change, and begin building evidence supporting interventions. If replicated and spread across other hospitals and health systems, these interventions have the potential to improve diagnosis.

“There are very few proven real-world solutions to minimize the harm diagnostic errors can cause,” said Gerard M. Castro, PhD, MPH, PMP, Director of Quality Improvement, SIDM. “The DxQI grants awarded through the program are a first step in learning what best practices we can build into the diagnostic process to ensure that patients receive a diagnosis that is accurate, determined in a timely manner, and effectively communicated.”

DxQI Seed Grant program will help clinicians, hospitals and health systems take specific steps to reduce diagnostic errors by building an evidence base of effective interventions. Once tested, SIDM will create a clearinghouse of the interventions and be a catalyst for the adoption of effective practices by other organizations across the country. The DxQI Seed Grant Program is an initiative of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

 

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About MedStar Human Factors
The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare occupies a unique position in the United States as the largest human factors program embedded within a healthcare system. It brings together human factors scientists, systems safety engineers, health services researchers, clinicians, and other experts to create a safer and more efficient healthcare environment through four core services in research, usability, safety advisement, and education. The Center is part of the MedStar Health Research Institute and is also affiliated with the MedStar Institute for Innovation and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. MedStar Health, the parent organization, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region, with 10 hospitals and an extensive ambulatory services network, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University.

About MedStar Health Research Institute
MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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.

About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error. We work in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of diagnostic error and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis to increase awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the Coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients—and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients. Visit www.ImproveDiagnosis.org to learn more.

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MedStar Health Selected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for Research Partner Network

Over the next 5 years, participation in the research network will allow MedStar Health to compete for contracts with an overall value up to $75 million.

Hyattsville, MDMedStar Health is proud to announce its selection by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to participate in its research network, known as ACTION IV: Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks. MedStar Health is just one of 14 organizations selected. The ACTION IV network is the result of three successful iterations of the ACTION network. ACTION IV is focused on the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative interventions and strategies for improving the delivery of patient care nationwide.

“ACTION provides unique opportunities to rapidly address emerging care delivery challenges that are important to patients, providers and health systems,” said Christine (Chris) Goeschel ScD, MPA, MPS, RN, FAAN, ACTION IV Principal Investigator, and assistant vice president, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. 

As part of this network, MedStar has become eligible to become a direct contractor with the federal government to undertake research focused on one or more of AHRQ’s priorities for the next five years. AHRQ priorities include improving the quality of healthcare and care delivery, making healthcare safer, increasing accessibility, and improving healthcare affordability, efficiency and cost transparency. For ACTION IV, these priorities have been expanded to include:

  • Learning Health Systems Initiatives
  • Whole person care across the full spectrum of care and lifespan
  • Advancing data-driven approaches for care and population health
  • Transformation to a value-based health care system
  • Testing Health IT tools in the real world prior to dissemination

“We are proud to be a part of this network for the next five years. This award speaks to our strength as an academic health system and broad expertise to advance health, along with highlighting our previous track record of successful projects under ACTION III,” said Neil J. Weissman, MD, chief scientific officer, MedStar Health, and president, MedStar Health Research Institute. “MedStar Health is committed to healthcare delivery research across the continuum which aligns well with AHRQ’s longstanding and newly expanded priorities.”

AHRQ, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the nation’s lead health services research and patient safety agency. Its mission is to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within HHS and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

This award follows the successful track record of work completed by contracts under the ACTION III network. In 2015, MedStar Health was selected by AHRQ to participate in its research network known as ACTION III, as one of just 13 healthcare organizations to win the five-year award. MedStar Health was also part of the ACTION II network as a collaborator with the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust, in the CANDOR (Communications and Optimal Resolution) project in 2009.

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About MedStar Health Research Institute
MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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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Historic Philanthropic Commitment Will Enable MedStar Health to Address High Mortality Rates Among Mothers and Children in Washington, D.C.

MedStar Health has announced a transformative philanthropic partnership with the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to improve care for moms and babies in the Washington D.C. area. The generous commitment establishes the D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms initiative, which brings together MedStar Health’s nationally recognized experts and clinicians in women’s health, family medicine, behavioral health, and pediatrics to develop enhanced holistic care for mothers and children in vulnerable communities.

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Interrupting Violence from within the Trauma Unit and Well Beyond

The MedStar Community Violence Intervention Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is currently in the midst of a randomized, controlled trial and was recently highlighted in Health Affairs. The study tracks participants for 1 year, comparing the groups in terms of violent injury recidivism, predisposition to violence, substance abuse, and life satisfaction. Participants in the study have been seen at MWHC’s Level I trauma unit either days, weeks, or even months earlier.  Read more.

Researchers from MedStar Health to Develop AI-Powered Tools in Partnership with IBM for Biologic Product Adverse Events

Hyattsville, MD -Researchers from MedStar Health are partnering with IBM (Global Business Services and Watson Health) to develop a program for post-market safety and effectiveness surveillance for biologic adverse events. At MedStar Health, the work will be led by Aaron (Zach) Hettinger, MD, MS, and Kristen E. Miller, DrPH, CPPS, and will leverage the informatics capabilities of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare to support patient outcomes through safety surveillance for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Biologics Effectiveness and Safety initiative is led by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) as part of the overarching Sentinel initiative across the US FDA.

Leveraging machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing, among other methods, the team will work on developing and automating post-market safety reports for CBER-regulated products which include blood transfusion products and vaccines. The work will integrate an expanding pool of data sources, including 10 million or more electronic health records, in order to define adverse events. The work will also include development to provide a tool for semi-automated patient chart review to conduct validation studies for product safety and effectiveness. The long-term vision of the project is to produce a system capable of robust automated reporting that can scale across provider networks and biologic product areas. MedStar Health’s research efforts leverage real-world prototyping to efficiently identify and assess the challenges and feasibility of constructing such a complex system.

“This collaboration highlights both the feasibility and challenges involved in automating the reporting of biologic adverse events. Our goal is to produce health information technology tools to reduce the reporting burden on healthcare providers and make it more likely that the FDA will receive accurate and timely adverse event reports,” said Dr. Miller “The information collected in this process will support improved analytics and research and help the FDA to protect biologic product safety and improve patient outcomes.”

Aaron (Zach) Hettinger, MD MS, is the medical director and director of cognitive informatics at the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. Kristen E. Miller, DrPH, CPPS, is the scientific director of the center, which is the largest human factors engineering program embedded within a healthcare system in the United States.

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About the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare occupies a unique position in the United States as the largest human factors program embedded within a healthcare system. It brings together human factors scientists, systems safety engineers, health services researchers, clinicians, and other experts to create a safer and more efficient healthcare environment through four core services in research, usability, safety advisement, and education. The center is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation and is also affiliated with the MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. MedStar Health, the parent organization, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region, with 10 hospitals and an extensive ambulatory services network, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University.    

About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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 First to Join Innovative Cerner Network of Health Systems to Conduct Clinical Research

COLUMBIA, MD — MedStar Health is proud to announce it is a founding member and first health system to join the Cerner Learning Health NetworkSM, an innovative platform from Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN), a global health care technology company, designed to enhance clinical research and improve patient care through cross-industry collaboration.

The purpose of the Cerner Learning Health Network is to provide health systems and clinical research organizations with resources to more efficiently conduct medical studies that ultimately help advance health care for patients and clinicians. The network automates de-identified clinical data collection from participating members and pools it together in a database that health systems can access for approved clinical research. These health systems will have opportunities to participate in a variety of research studies, as well as propose their own research ideas. As part of the network, MedStar Health plans to bring trial opportunities to its clinical investigators and other members.

“We are proud to be one of the first health systems in this innovative approach to clinical research,” said Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and chief scientific officer for MedStar Health. “Using a network of academic health systems, linked with streamlined electronic data, will transform the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical trials.”

As a member of the network, MedStar Health has the opportunity to leverage the Cerner electronic health record and HealtheIntent® data and insights platform to support research. As Cerner continues to develop new tools and innovations to further advance research, MedStar Health and other members will be supported with these cutting-edge solutions while they utilize the network to conduct studies that can help solve some of health care’s biggest challenges.

“The Cerner Learning Health Network is a logical evolution of our 40 plus-year legacy of innovation and client service. It represents a novel approach to clinical research, helping our provider clients use data to obtain real-world evidence and evaluate the effectiveness of medical therapies and devices,” said Art Glasgow, senior vice president of Strategic Growth for Cerner. “Providers that join the network have the opportunity to be included in research and discovery efforts across the industry, access potential funding for studies and use advanced health IT solutions for analysis. Cerner’s breadth and scale offer a game-changing platform for clinical research.” 

A critical component of the Cerner Learning Health Network is maintaining data privacy protections. The network only supports access to de-identified data, which will not be permitted to leave Cerner’s monitored systems nor will it be shared without direct project-based consent. Under no circumstances will individually identifiable data leave the network without appropriate authorization of participating health systems. All uses of clinical data in the network will be overseen by a governance board so that data are only used for legitimate research purposes. The governance board will include patient representation, leading researchers and an ethicist to review all use cases. As one of the first members of this research network, MedStar Health will be a part of the governance board.

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About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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.

About Cerner
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at thousands of contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.com, The Cerner Blog, The Cerner Podcast or connect on Facebook, Instagram,  LinkedIn or  Twitter. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You. 

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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Awarded Funding for Collaborative Work

Hyattsville, MD — The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) recently awarded a 5-year $ 4.375 million grant to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital focusing on neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction. Neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction can affect a broad range of people with physical disabilities; for example, people with spinal cord injury and disease, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions.

Under the direction of Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, the RRTC is a collaboration between MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Georgetown University, TIRR Memorial Hermann, and Children’s National Medical Center. These institutions will partner with national organizations, leveraging expertise and strengths in rehabilitation research and clinical care, neurogenic bladder research and advocacy, and consumer engagement in research. They will also focus on training at post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, disability-related national advocacy, online education development, and dissemination outreach.

There are three research projects that are supported by this funding. The first research project will determine whether 4 doses of intravesical Lactobacillus among people with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction who use indwelling catheters is superior to 2 doses for management of selected urinary symptoms.  For the second research project, the RRTC will assess neuromodulation of the bladder using transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in a randomized controlled trial. The third research project, in conjunction with an ongoing clinical trial, will describe the impact that bladder management has on quality of life and participation outcomes and then assess these in the context of the first-in-human clinical trial of the Connected Catheter.

 “With our training component, we hope to support the early career development of investigators to further the quality of patients in the future,” said Dr. Groah.

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research is the federal government’s primary disability research agency. They seek to fund projects which generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community.

 

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About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit MedStarResearch.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 Researcher Awarded Funds through Diabetes Research Grant

Hyattsville, MD — Kenneth L Fan, MD, has been awarded funding through the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant to research patient-reported outcome measures for patients who undergo lower limb amputation to treat issues caused by diabetes.

The goal of the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant is to support investigators in the field of diabetes research who are interested in developing pilot data that can lead to additional, externally funded studies. This funding opportunity for MedStar investigators interested in diabetes research was made possible by a generous donation to MedStar Health.

Diabetic lower extremity disease has surpassed diabetic coma as the primary driver of mortality among people with diabetes. The research study funded, “Examination of Functional, Morbidity, and Mortality Outcomes of Surgical Modalities in Diabetic Limb Salvage”, will begin by seeking to compare national averages for patient outcomes to those treated as a multidisciplinary center. The study will then leverage patient-reported outcome measures to compare patient feedback to surgical outcomes, such as ambulatory status. Using that information, patients undergoing surgery will be surveyed both before and after, to determine if preoperative patient-reported outcome measures scores may predict how well patients will tolerate certain procedures.

“This generous donation to diabetes research at MedStar Health allows us to support investigators who are focused on finding better ways to treat our patients with diabetes,” said Neil Weissman, MD, chief scientific officer for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health Research Institute. “Our mission of advancing health for our community allows us to leverage our multidisciplinary focus to provide better outcomes for future patients.”

This research will be led by Dr. Fan, in collaboration with Karen K. Evans, MD; Christopher E. Attinger, MD; David H. Song, MD; and Derek Delia, PhD.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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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Grant from AHRQ Awarded to MedStar Health to Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a $2.5 million grant to MedStar Health to design and develop a patient safety learning laboratory that will focus on cardiovascular disease in women. The four-year project will be led by Christine A. Goeschel, ScD, RN, and John Yosaitis, MD, and will be comprised of a collaborative, inter-disciplinary team from across MedStar Health. Read more.