Improving Outcomes and Eliminating Harm

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provides an infrastructure that oversees, coordinates and supports patient safety and quality efforts across Johns Hopkins' integrated health care system. Our mission is to eliminate patient harm, achieve best patient outcomes at the lowest possible cost and share that knowledge through our research and trainings.

  • Clinical Operations

    Providing highest quality and safest care at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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  • Research

    Advancing the science of safety and quality

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  • Education & Training

    Partnering with others to improve patient care

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  • Our Team

    Meet our community of safety and quality investigators

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  • About Us

    Learn about our history, the work we do and how to join the Armstrong team

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  • Donate

    Your gift can help improve patient safety and quality of care

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Other Featured News and Research

Development of a Novel Rapid Response Event Review Process for Quality Improvement

In this study, Ben Bodnar, M.D., and partners developed and refined a protocolized system of RRT and code event review, focused on sustainable, timely and high value event analysis meant to inform ongoing improvement activities.

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Algorithms at the Bedside: Moving Past Development and Validation

Ayse P. Gurses, Ph.D., M.S., and collaborators recently published a report in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine journal discussing how machine learning could potentially help in the critical care field, but it must be designed and implemented considering the realities of clinical work and by using a participatory human-centered design.

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Making a career in patient safety: How I got hooked

In this article, Albert Wu, M.D., and colleagues discuss how they entered the patient safety field and how it has grown into a new field of research and practice in the last three decades, with an increasing number of opportunities to work in research, practice and policy.

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Characterizing changes to older adults' care transition patterns from hospital to home care in the initial year of COVID-19

Skilled home healthcare (HH) provided in-person care to older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet little is known about the pandemic's impact on HH care transition patterns. This publication investigated the pandemic's impact on HH service volume, population characteristics, and care transition patterns for older adults receiving HH services after hospital or skilled nursing facility discharge.

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Understanding the Information Needs of Pharmacy Staff Using CancelRx: A Qualitative Study of the Use of Prescription E-cancellation

In this study, Samantha Pitts, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues leverage qualitative interviews with pharmacy staff to address the following question: When medication changes are made by a prescriber using CancelRx, what information is needed by pharmacy staff to make correct and effective decisions in their roles in medication management?

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The Role for Policy in AI-Assisted Medical Diagnosis

In this paper, David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D., and colleague discuss how health care organizations are rapidly embracing ChatGPT (OpenAI), and many now believe that artificial intelligence will swiftly transform medical practice. Chatbots are already helping to redesign the medical workflow, schedule appointments and even answer routine patient questions, but the role of these new technologies for improving medical diagnosis is still an open question.

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Our Patient Safety and Quality Projects

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality leads regional, national and international projects that reduce preventable harm, improve patient and clinical outcomes, and decrease health care costs. We apply a scientific approach to improvement, employing robust measures and rigorous data-collection methods that can be broadly disseminated and sustained.

Request Assistance for Quality and Safety Projects

Information on how to seek advice or help from the Armstrong Institute to further your research or patient safety and quality projects

"Never Again”

Sharing his personal story of how a medical error severely impacted his life, C. Michael Armstrong, past chairman of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, explains his commitment to health care improvement and the creation of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Learn about Our History

The Power of Giving!

Our goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible, and then to share knowledge of how to achieve this goal with the world.The research and improvement programs of the Armstrong Institute directly benefit patients by reducing medical errors and complications, improving clinical outcomes, and delivering care that treats patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

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