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South Carolina: Researchers Examine Patient Safety Research Efforts

Dr. Chen Liang, assistant professor of health services policy and management at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has partnered with researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and the University of Missouri, to examine patient safety research conducted in the 15 years since the publication of “To Err is Human“, a book which set forth a national agenda to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety through the design of a safer health system. They published their paper in Studies and Health Technology in Informatics and presented it at the 17th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the paper was recently highlighted on the organization’s website.

“Despite U.S. federal agencies increasing their investment since 1999’s release of “To Err Is Human,” recent reports suggest there is a lack of measurable outcomes in patient safety research,” Dr. Liang says.

With this project, the authors examined the associations between federal incentives of patient safety research and outcomes. They looked at the time period from 1995 to 2014, during which two historical events (the release of “To Err is Human” and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) took place.

Dr. Liang and his team’s findings suggest a positive outcome in patient safety research. They also found trending health information technology related topics (e.g., natural language processing, user-computer interface, clinical decision support systems) that are prevalent approaches to patient safety research.

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