News

2015

1/12/15 - We are pleased to welcome Akhila Iyer to our team as our newest research coordinator. Akhila holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College of Columbia University and earned an M.S. in Medical Science at Boston University School of Medicine in May 2014.

2014

12/11/14 - We are pleased to welcome Allison Kosydar as a new research assistant. Allison is a graduate student at George Mason University where she is getting her Masters in Human Factors. She received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

10/8/14 - Congratulations to Sarah Parker PhD, who is PI for a newly awarded 3-year AHRQ R18 research grant to determine the coordination behaviors that are associated with better clinical performance during trauma resuscitations. This project is being led by Dr. Parker and is a result of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Randy Burd (Director of Trauma Surgery at Children’s National Health System) and Dr. Jack Sava (Director of Trauma Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center), and an innovative high-tech human factors team at Aptima.

9/2/14 - Congratulations to Center Director Terry Fairbanks MD MS and Center Medical Director Zach Hettinger MD MS, who have recently been awarded 5-year AHRQ R01 health IT grant. Drs. Fairbanks, Hettinger and their research team will use cognitive engineering methods to understand the complexity of the cognitive and work activities in the acute care environment. Their cognitive engineering analyses will then be translated directly into the designs of health IT solutions which support clinical work and improve the effectiveness of medical care.

6/10/14 - We are pleased to welcome Daniel Hoffman to our team as our newest research assistant. Daniel has a bachelors of science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. His bio is available here.

4/27/14 - Terry Fairbanks will speak at the American Academy of Neurology with US Airways pilot Jeff Skiles who was first officer on US Airways flight 1549 when it landed in the Hudson River. Capt. Skiles will reflect on the underlying philosophies that have driven the major safety improvements over the past 40 years, and Dr. Fairbanks will extract lessons learned for healthcare safety, April 27, 2014 in Philadelphia. More information available here: http://goo.gl/ZgDAUj.

2/1/14 - Congratulations to Sarah Parker who has been awarded an international postdoctoral scholarship funded by the University of Fribourg Switzerland. Sarah will work from Switzerland with the international expert in her field, Dr. Tanja Manser.

1/25/14 - Zach Hettinger, Raj Ratwani, and Terry Fairbanks will speak at the 2014 HIMSS Annual Conference on Making Healthcare Safer: Health IT Challenges and Solutions in Orlando, FL on February 23, 2014.

2013

12/9/13 - We are pleased to welcome Amy Will to our team as our newest research assistant. Amy has a bachelor in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from East Carolina University. Her bio is available here.

11/15/13 - Terry Fairbanks will speak about applying human factors engineering and other safety science concepts to healthcare at the Maryland Hospital Association Conference on December 5, 2014.

10/16/13 –Sarah Parker, Raj Ratwani and Allan Fong’s proposal “Creating a Social Epidemic of Safety” was selected as one of the top three out of more than 300 for Pioneer Pitch Day hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New York, NY on October 16, 2013.

10/1/13 – Terry Fairbanks will speak at The International Society for Quality in Health Care 30th International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 16, 2013. Dr. Fairbanks will present on Integrating Human Factors Engineering and the Patients’ Voice into Patient Safety and Risk Reduction Programs.

9/11/13 – The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare team has will be giving 5 presentations at the HFES 2013 International Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

9/1/13 – Terry Fairbanks, Vicki Lewis, Raj Ratwani and Zach Hettinger will all be giving presentations at The National Quality Colloquium in Washington, DC on September 19.

6/25/13 - We are pleased to welcome Andy Schaudt as the new Usability Division Chief. For the center, he will plan, coordinate, and manage the projects, programs, and daily operations for the Usability Division which is chartered to conduct medical device and health IT usability evaluations both for the industry and for MedStar Health. Andy comes to us from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute where he conducted human factors technology evaluations for over 9 years. He will leverage his experience and education in human factors and business administration to help grow the division with the primary goal of improving medical device and health IT safety through design. His bio is available here.

5/29/13 - We are pleased to welcome Allan Fong to our team as our newest research specialist. Allan has a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His bio is available here.

5/1/13 - Congratulations to our Director Dr. Terry Fairbanks who has been appointed to serve on the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors.

4/10/13 - Dr. Vicki Lewis will be presenting at the 7th Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on May 10.

4/8/13 - Dr. Raj Ratwani will be presenting at the 31st Annual Computer Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris, France on May 2.

1/17/13 - We are pleased to welcome Nat Benda to our team as our newest research assistant. Natalie Benda has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Her bio is available here.

2012

12/17/12 - We are pleased to announce that our Center, along with our parent organization, the MedStar Institute for Innovation, will be hosting the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 2013 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, March 11–13 2013 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information click here.

9/5/12 - We are very pleased to welcome Raj Ratwani, PhD, to our team as Senior Human Factors Research Scientist. Raj brings years of experience in human factors research and consulting. His bio is available here.

8/16/12 - We are pleased to see our center’s ongoing close collaboration with MedStar’s Simulation & Training Environment Laboratory (SiTEL) be strengthened by the appointment of Terry Fairbanks as Acting Director. Dr. Fairbanks will also continue his role as Director of the National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare.

7/30/12 - MedStar Health to become a 10-hospital health system with the addition of Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

7/1/12 - Congratulations to Center Director Terry Fairbanks MD MS, who is PI for a newly awarded 2-year AHRQ R18 simulation grant to compare a serious game training system to mannequin-based training. This project is being led by Dr. Fairbanks and Faculty Associate Tamika Auguste MD FACOG, director of OB Simulation at MedStar Health, and forms a collaboration between our Center, MI2's SiTEL simulation center, and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Dept. of Ob/Gyn.

6/25/12 - We are proud to announce the addition of Margaret Meadors, MS to our team as a Research Assistant. Margaret's bio can be found here. Mrs. Meadors is an Applied Experimental Psychology Ph.D. student and teaching fellow at Catholic University.

6/25/12 - We are proud to announce the addition of Danielle DeBacker, MA to our team as a Research Assistant. Danielle's bio can be found here. Ms. DeBacker recently completed her Master’s degree in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.

Zach Hettinger, MD MS, Director of Information Technology Research, has recieved the NIH Loan Repayment Program in Clinical Research Award. Recipients of this prestigious award are selected based on the quality of their current research program, and on their promise as a developing independent researcher. The award repays a substantial portion of recipients medical education costs. Congratulations to Dr. Hettinger.

6/11/12 - We are proud to announce the addition of Natalie Abts, MS to our team as a Human Factors Specialist. Natalie's bio can be found here. Ms. Abts recently completed her Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Wisconsin.

5/7/12 - We are pleased to welcome Angie Hernandez, MS to our team as a Senior Human Factors Specialist. Angie's bio can be found here. She comes with extensive experience with the Department of Defense, including human systems integration and usability.

3/26/12 - The NCHFEH in collaboration with the Georgetown School of Medicine is currently holding an elective course on Systems Safety and Human Factors Engineering. Eight 4th-year medical students are learning current methods and thinking in how to create safer, better-functioning healthcare systems and how to apply these methods to their future practices.

Congratulations to Sarah Parker PhD, who is PI of a newly awarded AHRQ F32 grant. Dr. Parker will be studying methods to measure team coordination and leadership behaviors in the trauma resuscitation setting. The three year study will take place at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Childrens National Medical Center. A strong multidisciplinary mentorship team has been gathered, lead by Dr. Terry Fairbanks and Dr. Randy Burd as primary mentors. Other members of the mentorship team include Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis (GMU), Dr. Doug Wiegmann (Univ. Wisconsin), and Dr. Steven Yule (Harvard). Dr. Jack Sava (Director of Trauma at WHC) will serve as a co-investigator.

2011

11/22/11 - We are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Sarah Henrickson Parker as a Human Factors Research Scientist. Dr. Parker recently completed her PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Congratulations to Center faculty member Dr. Zach Hettinger who recently won an ASHRM grant, entitled “An Evidence Based Framework for Root Cause Analysis Safety Solutions.” This project expands on the work of Drs. Terry Fairbanks, Kate Kellogg, and Dr. Hettinger that began at the University of Rochester (funded by EMPSF) and continued at the Washington Hospital Center (funded by the Latham Foundation).

Congratulations to Scientific Director Dr. Vicki Lewis (PI) and Director Dr. Terry Fairbanks (Deputy PI) for the recent contract award via CNA for AHRQ’s ACTION 2 Task Order, “Identifying and Aligning Work-System Factors to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections.” This project will apply a sociotechnical systems approach to healthcare associated infections in the renal failure population.

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Stephens was awarded a grant from the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation through the Emergency Medicine Foundation for Discovering the Barriers and Facilitators to Timely Disposition of Patients from the Emergency Department

One of our Center’s initiatives, using the Hazard Alerting Loop in the SICU setting, gets publicity in the Washington Post.

Press release announcing the National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare