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Armstrong Institute Spotlight
Save the Date7th Annual Dx Summit - Digital Health Research Day
Save the date for our 7th Annual Diagnostic Excellence Summit - Digital Health Research Day! Join us on September 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Turner Concourse and Tilghman Auditorium.
Dr. Julia Kim Presents at the International Society for Quality in Healthcare Conference
Congratulations to Julia Kim, M.D., M.P.H., on her two poster presentations at the International Society for Quality in Healthcare Conference in Seoul, Korea, with others from the Armstrong Institute including Matt Austin, Ph.D., M.S., Paula Kent, DrPH, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., CPPS, Michael Rosen, Ph.D., M.A., Cheryl Connors, D.N.P., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., and Albert Wu, M.D.
Center of Diagnostic Excellence Members Accepted in SDMI Fellowship
Congratulations to both Vadim Dukhanin, M.D., M.H.S., and Yuxin "Daisy" Zhu, Ph.D., for being announced as two of the nine new fellows in the Society for to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine's Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence for the 2023-2024 cohort!
Steve Meth, J.D., M.S., Joins as VP, Chief Patient Experience Officer
Steve Meth, J.D., M.S., joins the Armstrong Institute team as the VP, Chief Patient Experience Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Steve has been the Chief Experience Officer with two other large health systems.
Rise ProgramHelping Each Other Through Times of Stress
The Resilience in Stressful Events team provides confidential peer-to-peer support for health system employees who have experienced a stressful, patient-related incident.
Other Featured News and Research
Little is known about the full scope of harms related to medical misdiagnosis. A team from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence and partners from the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions derived what is believed to be the first rigorous national estimate of permanent disability and death from diagnostic error.
The impact of emotional support on healthcare workers and students coping with COVID-19, and other SARS-CoV pandemics – a mixed-methods systematic review
In this article, Albert Wu, M.D., and colleagues analyze how pandemics such as COVID-19 pose threats to the physical safety of healthcare workers and students.
Building a Better Safety-Event-Reporting System—Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Meets the Challenge
The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality earned recognition as the runner-up for ECRI's 17th Health Technology Excellence Award for its development and implementation of an innovative safety-event-reporting software application, called "Hero".
Assessing Interventions on Crowdsourcing Platforms to Nudge Patients for Engagement Behaviors in Primary Care Settings: Randomized Controlled Trial
Ayse P. Gurses, Ph.D., M.S., and collaborators recently published a report in the Journal of Medical Internet Research assessing the effectiveness of interventions on electronic crowdsourcing platforms to modify patient engagement behaviors in primary care settings.
Jill Marsteller, Ph.D., and colleagues report findings that suggest that the Integrated Framework (recently developed by National Cancer Institute staff Weaver, Breslau, and colleagues) generally covers relevant organizational context and process characteristics of cancer care, diagnosis and treatment.
“It’s Probably an STI because You’re Gay”: a Qualitative Study of Diagnostic Error Experiences in Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals
Kathryn McDonald, Ph.D., and colleagues, in this paper, find that anti-sexual and gender minority (SMG) bias, queerphobia, lack of provider training and heteronormative attitudes can hinder diagnostic decision-making and communication with SMG patients.
Improving Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins and Throughout the World
The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s efforts aim to champion patient safety and provide high-quality, compassionate care to all patients, at home and around the globe.
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