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September 18, 2018

WIHSE lands $2.5 million grant for patient safety learning lab

Written By: Tom Ziemer

The Wisconsin Institute of Healthcare Systems Engineering (WIHSE) has received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a Patient Safety Learning Laboratory.

Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and director of WIHSE, and Maureen Smith, a professor in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine, are the principal investigators of the grant. The project is called “Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations.”

A team of researchers and clinicians from the College of Engineering, School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and UW Health will create, implement and evaluate a “patient safety passport” for older adults who visit the emergency room at UW Health.

WIHSE also recently received an Engineering Research Centers planning grant from the National Science Foundation.