Innovative solutions

The purpose of the Institute’s Grants Program is to support the development of innovative solutions that will have a near-term impact on improving patient safety and quality, and that will generate information that is applicable to multiple care settings across the state and nation. The Institute seeks to stimulate new, innovative projects directed toward enhancing patient safety. We will support studies leading to the prevention of human errors, systems errors, patient injuries, and adverse events in diverse health care settings and throughout the continuum of care. The Institute also will support studies that reduce patient harm by improving the overall quality or precision of care, including diagnostic accuracy, medication dosing and prevention of avoidable acute and chronic care. Projects may focus on the inpatient, outpatient, extended care or home care settings, and may directly impact the overall system, health care professionals, staff, the care environment, technology, processes or patient empowerment. Interprofessional and interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

Priority Areas

Areas of particular interest to the Institute include, but are not limited to:

  • The ambulatory environment, including primary care, ambulatory surgery, etc.
  • Geriatrics
  • Precision prescribing of medications, including genomic, epigenomic, proteomic and nutritional determinants of medication safety and efficacy
  • Narcotic prescribing and weaning
  • Diagnostic accuracy
  • Teaching methods to improve patient safety education of health professionals
  • Transitions of care
  • Technologies, processes and other aspects of mobile, distributed, integrated care and prevention
  • Evaluation and/or integration of safety and/or quality improvement related tools from high reliability industries outside of health care (airlines, nuclear energy, etc.)
  • Patient empowerment, education and self-care
  • Integration/mining of clinical, research and other databases to gain insights into local, regional, state or national quality and patient safety issues
  • Racial and socioeconomic disparities in quality and safety, including diagnosis and treatment

This page was last modified on March 1, 2018