MedStar Selected as a Research Partner by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

MedStar Health has been selected by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to participate in its ACTION III (Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks) research network. MedStar is one of just 13 healthcare organizations to win the five-year award. As a participant in this network, MedStar is now eligible to become a direct contractor with the federal government to undertake research focused on one or more of AHRQ’s priorities:

  • Improve the quality of healthcare and care delivery
  • Make healthcare safer
  • Increase accessibility
  • Improve healthcare affordability, efficiency and cost transparency

"Through this network, we will leverage MedStar’s breadth and depth as a healthcare provider, our experience and our commitment to collaborate, in pursuit of better health outcomes," said Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute.

MedStar is already engaged in AHRQ’s ACTION II network, through a partnership with the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust, in a project called CANDOR (Communications and Optimal Resolution). CANDOR involves developing and testing an educational toolkit to help hospitals respond to, defuse and quickly resolve potential patient harm situations.

In responding to the highly competitive bid process, MedStar organized its own network that includes 22 partners from outside the health system, including universities, foundations, a health department, hospital association, patient safety organizations, and a startup incubator.

This award aligns well with MedStar Health’s "2020" goal to be a distributive care delivery network and have a robust research program that provides a better, safer quality of care — and Health Services Research is the perfect mechanism to meet that goal.

An article on this partnership appeared in last week’s Washington Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2015/04/medstar-health-becomes-direct-federal-contractor.html