Center Overview

Read the MedStar Human Factors Center Overview for the most recent summary of our work.


Featured Projects

Explore our work in cognitive engineering and acute care; sepsis decision support; and heart health risk management.


The Center is internationally recognized for our high impact applied research. We take a collaborative approach to research and have worked with federal agencies, medical associations, foundations, universities, and industry partners. Review the “What We Do” page for an overview of our research methodology.

Our Expertise in Action

The Center has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications in top-tier journals such as JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, and Health Affairs. See a list of our top publications here.

Publication Focus Areas: Technology: 4, Radiology: 5, Simulation: 1, Engineering: 2, Geriatrics: 1, Surgery: 4, Human Factors: 9, General: 2, Hospital Medicine: 2, Infection Control: 2, Diabetes: 1, Pediatrics: 3, Health Environments: 1, Quality and Safety: 12, Oncology: 1, Pharmacy: 2, Nursing: 5, Primary Care: 1, Informatics: 24, Critical Care: 2, and Emergency Medicine: 32

Research Excellence and R01 Awards

Research Project Grant (R01) awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are among the most prestigious grant mechanisms. Our top leaders are the principal investigators (PIs) on three Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded R01s that focus on improving the safety of electronic medication administration records, usability and safety guidelines for health information technology, and technology to support emergency department communication. They also serve as PIs on two National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)-funded R01s on developing effective clinical decision support and better leveraging unstructured patient safety event report data to advance care. Read overviews of our R01 awards and other high impact research grants here.

Center Work in AHRQ’s Latest Health Information Technology Research Year in Review Report

The AHRQ Health IT Research 2018 Year in Review includes overviews and outcomes of work the agency awarded to MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) that was led by the Center. AHRQ investments detailed throughout the report aim to improve the quality and safety of health care via health IT. The report recognizes the following Center research that was active in 2018.

  • Developing Evidence-Based, User-Centered Design and Implementation Guidelines to Improve Health Information Technology Usability 

  • Improving Patient Safety and Clinician Cognitive Support Through eMAR [Electronic Medication Administration Records] Redesign 

  • Context is Critical: Understanding When and Why Electronic Health Record Related Safety Hazards Happen 

  • Cognitive Engineering for Complex Decisionmaking & Problem Solving in Acute Care 

  • Quantifying Efficiencies Gained through Shareable Clinical Decision Support Resources 

  • Advancing the Collection and Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes through Health Information Technology 

Read the full MedStar Institute for Innovation news story about the report here. 

For more information about our research work or to explore possible collaboration opportunities, please contact us at [email protected].