As informatics solution(s) advance knowledge, patient safety, and quality improvement efforts, the need for practical and real-time assessment of safety and performance is critical. Current assessment techniques leveraged in healthcare organizations can be time consuming and impractical, delaying feedback which is important for continued learning and contributing to dimnished response(s) to safety hazards. One area of informatics which has received attention is methods for unobtrusively gathering information related to care quality and performance through use of sensors. While various sensor based technologies (e.g., RFID badges) can be leveraged to assess important behaviors (such as teamwork or timely administration of an antibiotic), implementation of sensor based technologies (SBT) requires input from a variety of disciplines in order to be successful. The purpose of this interactive panel discussion is to foster learning of the multidisciplinary nature of SBTs in their application to critical health care settings. The panel features subject matter experts with a variety of professional backgrounds and experiences, including bioengineering, emergency medicine, as well as human factors. Through this discussion, we aim to further the field of assessment to enable practitioners to collect accurate, reliable, and meaningful findings from SBTs.

Learning Objective 1: Understand the benefits and challenges associated with unobtrusive methods (in this case, sensor based technologies)

Learning Objective 2: Describe strategies for measure selection and validation leveraging multidisciplinary team(s) to assess care quality and safety.


Ashley Hughes (Presenter)
University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephanie Zajac (Presenter)
Houston Methodist Hospital

Javad Razjouyan (Presenter)
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center

Rami Ahmed (Presenter)
Summa Health System

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