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MedStar Research Team Links Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability Issues to Potential Patient Harm

First-Of-Its Kind Study Identifies Risks to Patient Safety and Need for Reforms WASHINGTON, D.C. — Specific types of electronic health record (EHR) usability issues are associated with a variety of potentially serious patient harm events, according to a study released by MedStar Health researchers with the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare.  This study, which was published today by the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first one of its kind to reach this conclusion, and it underscores the need for more and better collaboration among EHR vendors, providers and health systems, and other stakeholders, as well…

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MedStar Health Partnering to Advance Precision Cancer Genomics with Inivata

MedStar Health has partnered with Inivata to join the Inivata Knowledge Accumulation Network (IKAN) to help transform patient care for oncology patients. Inivata, a global clinical cancer genomics company using an industry-leading liquid biopsy platform, is building IKAN as a global network of world-leading cancer centers to assess the potential of liquid biopsy and circulating tumor DNA. MedStar, specifically the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, joins Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute and West Cancer Center as pioneering members of IKAN.  Read more.

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MedStar Appoints Dr. Neil Weissman to be Health System’s First Chief Scientific Officer

COLUMBIA, Md. (February 27, 2018)—MedStar Health has created a significant new leadership position, Chief Scientific Officer, to support the health system’s further development as a nationally recognized Academic Health System. MedStar President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, and Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer have announced the appointment of Neil J. Weissman, MD, to be MedStar’s first Chief Scientific Officer.  Dr. Weissman is President of the MedStar Health Research Institute, Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, and has a key role in the MedStar Leader of the Future Program that focuses…

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Charles and Mary Latham Fund Awards Three MedStar Researchers Grants

Three investigators from the MedStar Health Research Institute have been awarded grant funding for three research initiatives through the Charles and Mary Latham Fund. The research projects are focused on patient outcomes in diabetes, palliative care, and brain injury. The fund was established by established by Ella O. Latham, to support medical research in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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