Medications can transform health and alleviate suffering. Yet, their use often falls short in the context of everyday patient care. In order to solve this, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's quadruple aim identifies four key domains for improvement: quality, cost, patient experience, and provider well-being. Healthcare engineering offers a critical scientific perspective that can help address many of the current limitations found in each of these aims. This talk discusses the quality and safety of medication use as a function of health care provider and patient interactions with complex technical environments focused on achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes. I will emphasize some of the existing challenges, risks, and opportunities in practice combined with the theoretical foundations of the human factors and cognitive engineering literature to pave a roadmap for medication use research.
The seminar series “Providing Better Healthcare through Systems Engineering: Seminars and Discussions” is presented by the U-M Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS).
Light refreshments will be served.