In healthcare, we try change culture through training, meetings and seminars on how to be safe. But we are convinced that at the sharp end of care, where the rubber meets the road, it’s actually relationships, not lectures or signs on the wall that influence people’s actions. Previous research in the social sciences has shown time and again how difficult it is to change human behavior; but it has also shown that if people are going to change their behavior, it’s because of the power of social influence…By utilizing technological advances in sociometric measurement and analysis to identify and target social influencers within a healthcare system, we will use their influence to improve safety.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
A team of MedStar Health physicians at the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) recently won an intense, government-sponsored competition to develop a computer-based application that employs multiple sources of healthcare data to help doctors deliver high-quality, low-cost care. The competition, Code-a-palooza, was part of Health Datapalooza IV, held June 3-4 in Washington, D.C., an annual event that brings together a broad coalition of policymakers, consumers and leading experts in government, industry and health care to showcase innovative applications of health data to improve quality and lower costs. More